Wisdom of Near Death Experiences: How Understanding NDEs Can Help Us Live More Fully (Anglais) Broché – 18 février 2014
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- Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA
"With more than twenty years experience of nursing dying people in an intensive therapy unit , plus a Ph.D. in Near-death Experiences, Dr. Sartori is very well qualified to discuss issues of death and dying. She believes that NDEs provide us with a greater understanding of the dying process and that care of terminally ill patients could be enhanced if NDEs would more widely studied. A greater acceptance of the inevitability of death would help the situation of terminally ill people. At present they are increasingly exposed to invasive and burdensome treatments even when prospects for recovery are recognised as minimal. This is an immensely valuable contribution to current debates about patient care."
- Paul Badham PhD., Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Trinity, St. David
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During her academic work, Sartori studied three samples of ICU patients during a five year period. The first consisted of 243 patients from the first year of data collection who survived their ICU experience. Of those, two experienced an NDE, and two an out-of-body experience (OBE). The second cohort consisted of survivors of cardiac arrest during the five year period. Of those, 39 patients (or 18%) experienced an NDE. The third cohort consisted of all the patients who experienced an NDE during the five year period. Their stories are captured in her new book.
One patient in particular, patient number 10, stands out for Sartori. “He was in bad condition,” she says. “When we put him into bed he was unconscious and unresponsive. Later he reported an OBE. He was accurately able to tell us which doctor was in the room and what he had said while he was unconscious. He claimed to have met his deceased father and a Jesus-like figure. But the most extraordinary part was that afterwards he was able to use his hand, which had been paralyzed since birth. There is no medical explanation for how that healing occurred.”
When asked about the biggest takeaway from her research, Sartori says, “In medicine, we’re trained to believe that the brain gives rise to consciousness. My research into NDEs has made me question this prevailing paradigm, which admittedly is very widespread. The most important lesson for me has been a deeper appreciation for death and a whole lot less fear and anxiety about it.”
In addition to detailing dozens of case studies, the book also discusses childhood NDEs, differences in NDEs among different cultures, and the after-effects of NDEs--one of which is the inability, in some patients, to wear a wrist-watch.
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Une absence toutefois: les expériences de "mort partagées", qui apparemment ne sont pas si rares que ça d'après Moody.
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Though there are many books about NDEs by individuals who wish to share their insights and other books written by people who have out-of body (OBE) experiences with the same intent, few have studied these phenomena to the extent that Penny Sartori has. This book is more than just a tickler for those who are curious about what NDEs may be: this is a comprehensive study of three groups of patients Sartori studied - those who survived ICU having had a NDE, those who survived cardiac arrest, and a core group of all those who she encountered who had an NDE over a five year period.
Interviewing and working closely with these patients provided Sartori with an immense amount of information that show links among the experiences, commonalities, and the life changes that these patients experienced - unafraid of death, better adjusted to life, diminished anxiety, and the various forms of change in physical status as well as mental status that results in a compendium that becomes as much a philosophical treatise as a scientific examination of a heretofore poorly understood phenomenon.
Reading this fine book restores a sense of trust in the workings of the universe and the place we each fill with our lives here. It is very well written, completely comprehensible, and should be read by all those who fear death or are dealing with a friend or family member in the throes of the fear of dying. Experience it: you will never be the same. Grady Harp, March 14
In this case, the author combines clinical research with a deep compassion for patients that is manifested in a desire to understand and provide practical help to those who have had NDEs and are adjusting to life in this world again.
There are several examples of NDEs and A very interesting section of the book that describes the author's eventual realization that consciousness is almost certainly separate from the physical brain, and that the consciousness or soul is experiencing the NDE apart from the body as the experiencers claim.
She discusses her own findings in precise, specific detail, and her conclusions are essentially the same as those of Pim van Lommel in "Endless Consciousness" and Sam Parnia in "Erasing Death" - both recent high quality books on the subject - and Michael Saboms 1982 classic "Recollections at Death".
I would have preferred more descriptions of NDEs but that is a small quibble. This book is recommended for those who are new to the subject and those who are interested in the health care aspects. People who are close to death are often left without a listening ear and people who are aware. Sartori makes an eloquent case for addressing those needs.
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