My Near-Death Experience: My Lifelong Source of Comfort

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Needham Public Library

1139 Highland Ave · Needham, MA

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My Near-Death Experience: My Lifelong Source of Comfort

I almost drowned in a swimming pool at five years old, and vividly remember the experience of lying at the bottom of the pool, dying. I heard a comforting voice tell me, "Close your eyes, and let me take you up to the sun." I closed my eyes and allowed myself to be held by the arms of what must have been an angel, and my near-death journey began.

This profound experience of comfort has inspired me in my work as an author, educator and counselor. I believe that when we have a sense of purpose, we have faith that our lives have meaning, even during times when we feel lost.

About Val Walker, MS
Val is the author of The Art of Comforting (Penguin/Random House, 2010) which won the Nautilus Book Award (Gold Medalist, Grief and Loss Category, 2011). She is a contributor to the Health Story Collaborative in Boston, MA, and teaches and speaks throughout New England. Her topics include comforting people in distress, breaking isolation, and building social support after loss. Her next book (working title), 400 Friends and No One to Call, is about how to break through isolation and build friendships, community, and a sense of belonging. The publisher is Central Recovery Press and the release date is set for March 2020.

Val received her MS in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a rehabilitation consultant, educator and author. Her articles and interviews have appeared in AARP Bulletin, Time, Good Housekeeing, Coping with Cancer, Boston Globe Magazine, Marie Claire and Whole Living.

There is a short break part way through so you can get up, stretch a bit if you would like to and meet new people as well as have conversations with people you know.

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After Val Walker's presentation, members and guests who would like to continue their conversations can meet at Mandarin Cuisine 238 Highland Ave; Needham, MA 02494. Please plan to pay for your meal, beverage, tax and tip. Reservation is required. The Mandarin Cuisine Reservation is for 1:00 pm. A show of hands will be done during the Meetup so the final count for lunch at the Mandarin Cuisine can be taken.

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