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Life After Death? Exploring Near-Death Experiences

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    Consciousness/Life After Death? An exploration of Near- Death Experiences

    Presenter: Dr. Janice Holden

    Near-Death Experience (NDE) refers to the personal experience, memories, visions, and/or sensations after one is declared "clinically dead" then at some point revived: brought back to life. The classic "scientific" argument is that this phenomena is more a neurological/physiological brain response than a non-physical/spiritual experience. 

    Our speaker, Dr. Jan Holden draws from over 30 years of research and makes clear, a great controversy exists in the medical and psychological fields concerning NDEs. 

    • Are they caused by physiological changes in the brain, or are they biological reactions to oxygen loss or impending death? 

    • Are they a product of changing states of consciousness?

    • Or are they caused by something else altogether? 

    All of these ideas and more are discussed in this unique presentation by Dr. Holden.


    The traits of a classic NDE are as follows:

    • A sense/awareness of being dead.

    • A sense of peace, well-being and painlessness. 

    • Positive emotions. 

    • A sense of removal from the world. 

    • An out-of-body experience. 

    • A perception of one's body from an outside position. 

    • Sometimes observing doctors and nurses performing medical resuscitation efforts.

    A "tunnel experience". 

    • A sense of moving up, or through, a passageway or staircase.

    • A rapid movement toward and/or sudden immersion in a powerful light. 

    • Communication with "The Light."

    • An intense feeling of unconditional love.

    • Encountering "Beings of Light", "Beings dressed in white", or similar. Also, the possibility of being reunited with deceased loved ones.

    • Receiving a life review.

    • Receiving a "life preview" 

    • Receiving knowledge about one's life and the nature of the universe.

    • A decision by oneself or others to return to one's body, often accompanied by a reluctance to return.

    • Connection to the cultural beliefs held by the individual, which seem to dictate the phenomena experienced in the NDE and the later interpretation there of (Holden, Janice Miner. Handbook of Near-Death Experiences. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publishing Data, 2009.).



    Dr. Janice Holden

    In 2009, leading near-death experience (NDE) researchers published The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation, a collection of comprehensive, critical reviews of all NDE research for the 30 years since NDEs came to public and professional attention. 

    Dr. Jan Holden, lead editor of The Handbook , will present a summary of the book, including updates since 2009. She will illustrate her presentation with an on-camera, in-depth interview with a young woman who had her NDE in Austin, Texas. 

    Dr. Holden will welcome comments and questions both throughout and following her presentation. 


    Dr. Holden is professor of Counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling & Higher Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, and she is editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies,  the scholarly publication of the International Association for Near-Death Studies.

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