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

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

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Edited by Mahendra Perera, Edited by Karuppiah Jagadheesan, Edited by Anthony Peake, Contributions by Ornella Corrazza, Contributions by Pim van Lommel, Contributions by P. M. H. Atwater, Contributions by Rohan Jayasuriya

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  • Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • 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: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 663,894

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*Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category at the 2012 British Medical Association Book Awards* 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. The 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.

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*Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category of the 2012 BMA Medical Book Awards* 'This book is particularly strong on cross-cultural comparisons. It can be warmly recommended.' -- Journal of the Society for Psychical Research This is a truly thought-provoking read. -- The British Journal of Psychiatry it is illustrated throughout by case vignettes from people who have had near-death experiences. This brings the book alive and makes it accessible for non-clinical specialists as well as for those with a more academic interest in the subject. -- The Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy This book is subtitled "a handbook for clinicians", but it is going to be welcomed by anyone who is seriously interested in the scientific research into NDEs, particularly clergy and those with a pastoral ministry. This is a collection of essays or papers, and this is both a strength and a drawback. For people who wish to look at specific aspects of the research, whether it is to compare NDEs in the East and West, or different cultures, religious affiliations, or those of adults and children, these are topics covered here. -- The Sign Making Sense of Near-Death Experiences is an invaluable resource for clinicians and other health care professionals who need to inform themselves about the nature and profound personal significance of NDEs. Presenting the latest research and clinical findings representing over 30 years of work, leading experts in the field provide a comprehensive and illuminating overview of one of the most important and transformative experiences of modern times, one that has affected many millions of people. For everyone who comes into contact with such people and hopes to help and understand them, this book is a must. -- Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, Co-founder and past President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies Undergraduates, journalists and healthcare providers all point to the need for resources that familiarize and inform about NDEs. Making Sense of Near-Death Experiences offers readers just such a resource. ... [R]eaders will come away from this book with not only an understanding of diverse viewpoints about NDEs but also an awareness of the complexity of the field of near-death studies and an appreciation for the value of continued research in the field. -- From the Foreword by Janice Holden, Editor, Journal of Near Death Studies and Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, University of North Texas, USA

Table of contents

Foreword by Janice Holden, Editor, Journal of Near Death Studies and Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, University of North Texas, USA. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Near-Death Experiences: An Overview and Early Studies. P.M.H. Atwater, investigative researcher and author. 2. 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. Appendices. The Contributors. Index.