I have had an overwhelming response since my book has been serialized in The Daily Mail on Saturday 25th January, Monday 27th January and another two articles planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. There have been many comments on the Daily Mail website and it is very encouraging to see so many people speaking so openly about their experiences.
It’s really great to see this really important subject being taken so seriously.
I just wanted to write a quick post to say thank you to everyone who has sent comments to the blog and emailed me in the past few days to share their experiences with me. I will reply to everyone but it may take some time as there are so many emails to read.
It may also take a while to reply to the comments on the blog as I have also been inundated with media requests but I will reply as soon as I can.
I’ve got a little bit more information on what the book is about. As you all know by now, the reason I became interested in NDEs is because of my job as an intensive care nurse. Early in my career, my life changed when I was working a night shift while looking after a dying patient. Having been so upset about the way in which this man died I was determined to find a greater understanding of death so that no other patient would have to go through a similar ending to their life. That was back in 1995 and the experience of looking after that patient is what continues to motivate me to this day to understand death and enhance care of dying patients. Continue reading
For anyone who is interested there was a 30 minute discussion on NDEs featured on today’s BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief show. Participants in the discussion were Professor Chris French, The Very Revd Prof Dr Gordon McPhate (who had an NDE when he was a medical student) and Dr Penny Sartori.
Gordon’s experience is particularly interesting to me as it occurred while he was a medical student and reflection of his NDE over time prompted him to train in the ministry.
You can also listen to the programme again on http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/programmes/a-z/by/Beyond%20Belief/current, the episode will also be available for download by podcast after transmission.
P.S. – there may be a delay in my response to any comments for a few weeks but I will respond as soon as possible.
Rosie Ward is a really talented artist, currently doing a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. I am really excited to say that she has asked me to be involved with some very interesting and important work that she is doing. It involves the use of visual and audio techniques to create experiential artworks which aim to capture the highly personal and subjective experience of a NDE. This research will inspire new artwork within her PhD and this will explore the notion of challenging the audience to question their subjective understanding of what it means to be ‘alive’. She is presently looking for participants whom have had a NDE and interested in being involved within this project. Continue reading
At the beginning of May, Sonia Barkallah from S17 Productions in France came to visit me along with Corinne Musitelli who is her translator. We discussed ways of working together which I am very excited about. I have a lot to report so I will put a few postings in the coming weeks about my future work with Sonia. I will and also give more details about Sonia’s excellent DVD called Untimely Departure, keep following the blog for more details of this.
Sonia brought a short DVD recording of the CNERIC research protocol which has been conducted in France by Dr Jean-Pierre Postel. I was previously unaware of this research so I thought I’d mention it to the followers of the blog. Continue reading
On March 9th and 10th the second international conference on Near-Death Experiences, organised by Sonia Barkallah of S17 Productions, was held at The Palais de Congress, Marseille. Continue reading
Dr Pim Van Lommel’s article ‘Non-local Consciousness’ has just been published in the latest issue of The Journal of Consciousness Studies. Continue reading