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Michael E. Tymn
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This book pleasantly surprised me. Having associated Dr. Raymond Moody with the near-death experience, I assumed that the book was about NDEs. And having read all of Moody's books on the subject as well as three other recently-published books about the NDE by distinguished authors, I doubted the book had anything new to offer. But I assumed wrong. While a certain kind of NDE is discussed, the book is primarily about shared death experiences, which falls more into the area of death-bed visions than NDEs.
Shared death experiences were discussed many years ago by pioneering researchers Frederic W. H. Myers, Edmund Gurney, and Sir William Barrett, but there has been very little, if anything, written about them in recent years. Moody and Paul Perry recount some of those old experiences after relating a number of intriguing cases Moody has collected.
In effect, shared-death experiences involve visions or experiences shared by the dying person and another person who is not near death, usually a loved one or someone tending to the dying person. While many of them happen when they are together in the same room, some take place when they are miles apart. The phenomena include seeing strange bright lights in the room or misty vapors rising from the dying person, observing deceased relatives or loved ones in the room, encountering "heavenly realms," hearing strange music, and even the non-dying person witnessing the dying person's life review or having a life review of his or her own.
"Shared death experiences deal with the notion of a variety of extra senses, including telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, astral projection, spontaneous out-of-body experiences and perhaps other that I have not yet anticipated," Moody explains.
It is all a bit mind boggling, but some very credible people are quoted. For example, Dr. Joan Borysenko, a Harvard University psychology professor and author of several popular books, tells of being at her mother's bedside as she was dying and having an out-of-body experience in which she (Borysenko) witnessed all of her good and bad deeds, including fights with her mother and mind games they had played with each other.
There are a number of stories related by fellow physicians, including one by an anesthesiologist who reported crossing into another dimension after touching a dying patient's hand, then seeing what he took to be deceased members of the patient's family.
Moody tells of his own experience involving strange happenings at the bed of his dying mother, experiences witnessed not only by him but by other family members. A number of the stories involve more than one person witnessing a particular phenomenon.
After examining and dismissing the arguments skeptics will likely have against the reality of the shared death experience, Moody opines that they tell us more about the afterlife than the NDE and that they are "the key to proving the existence of an afterlife."
This book is advertised as "groundbreaking." Actually, Myers, Gurney, and Barrett broke the ground more than a century ago, but, unfortunately, the land was vacated soon thereafter. Hopefully, some real building will start with this excellent book.