Making Sense of Near-death Experiences: A Handbook for Clinicians

Making Sense of Near-death Experiences: A Handbook for Clinicians


Edited by Mahendra Perera, Edited by Karuppiah Jagadheesan, Edited by Anthony Peake

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  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849051496
  • ISBN 13: 9781849051491
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 664,057

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A near-death experience (NDE) is a phenomenon whereby powerful physical and emotional sensations and visions are experienced by someone who is either close to death or has been declared clinically dead. This is an accessible guide to the theory and evidence underlying the phenomenon of NDEs. With contributions from leading international experts in the field, it provides an overview of the research into NDEs, the nature of NDEs and how they have been experienced around the world, and the physiological, psychological and medical bases of the phenomenon. This book also discusses children's NDEs, NDEs from a religious perspective, the role of light in NDEs, the assessment and management of NDEs, and the future of research into the phenomenon. This essential handbook will provide all those who may encounter someone who has had an NDE with the knowledge and understanding they need, including nurses, doctors, palliative care workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and pastoral workers.

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Author information

Mahendra Perera is Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Fellow of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia. Karuppiah Jagadheesan is Consultant Psychiatrist, Australia. Anthony Peake is Research Fellow at the Center For Advanced Studies at the Giordano Bruno University.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction.; 1. Near-Death Experiences: An Overview and Early Studies. P.M.H. Atwater, investigative researcher and author.; 2. Near-Death Experiences: A Critical Review of Epidemiological Studies of Near Death Experiences 2001-2010. Mahendra Perera, University of Melbourne, Australia and Rohan Jayasuriya, University of New South Wales, Australia.; 3. Phenomenology of Near-Death Experiences. Karuppiah Jagadheesan and John Belanti, North West Area Mental Health Service, Victoria, Australia.; 4. Dealing with Diversity: Cross-Cultural Aspects of Near-Death Experiences. Ornella Corrazza, University of Hertfordshire, UK and K.A.L.A. Kuruppuarachchi, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.; 5. Near-Death Experiences of Children. Cherie Sutherland, author, researcher, educator and sociologist.; 6. Pathophysiological Aspects of Near-Death Experiences. Pim van Lommel, Hospital Rijnstate, Arnhem, The Netherlands.; 7. Psychological Aspects of Near-Death Experiences. Satwant K. Pasricha, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.; 8. Light and Near-Death Experiences. Anthony Peake, Giordano Bruno University.; 9. Religious Significance of Near-Death Experiences. Paul Badham, University of Wales, UK.; 10. Assessment and Management of Near-Death Experiences. Peter Fenwick, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK.; 11. Prospecting in The Light: The Future of Near-Death Experiences Research. David J. Wilde, University of Manchester, UK and Craig D. Murray, University of Lancaster, UK. Conclusion. List of Contributors. Index.