Final Passages: Research on Near Death and the Experience of Dying Conference

2 May


Last week I had the most amazing opportunity of presenting a paper at the above conference at the Bioethics Forum inMadison,Wisconsin with many well known researchers in the field of near death, death and dying. It was a true honour to be there and as well as meeting up with old friends I also had the opportunity to make many more friends.


Bill Linton, CEO of Promega for having the vision to hold such important conferences.

A big thank you also to Karin Borgh, PhD, Penny Patterson, Nicole Haselwander, Jamie Richardson, Kathy Kirk at Promega. Also to the BTC Institute staff: Natalie Betz, Barbara Bielec, Ryan Olson and Amy Prevost.   Of course, there are a lot of other people behind the scenes – IS and facilities staff, etc

The whole conference presentations will soon be available to watch on line so watch this space for more information about the link.

The programme for the first day was near-death experiences and the speakers were:

  • Dr Pim van Lommel
  • Dr Penny Sartori
  • Dr Eben Alexander iii
  • Dr Raymond Moody
  • Professor Eric Weiss

Followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Steve Paulson

The programme for the second day was the experience of death and dying including research into mystical states of consciousness facilitated by entheogens and the speakers were:

  • Professor Stanislav Grof
  • Dr William Richards
  • Dr Jeffrey Guss
  • Dr Marilyn Schlitz

Followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Steve Paulson

The conference was closed with a sound meditation from Alexandre Tannous followed by a closing meditation by Peter Russell.

It was a very powerful, paradigm shifting forum. I learned a great deal during the conference and there is so much to say that I will be putting a series of posts on the blog.

Keep following for more posts over the next few days.

9 Responses to “Final Passages: Research on Near Death and the Experience of Dying Conference”

  1. Lemmo May 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Thank You! Can’t wait! 😀

  2. John Schofield May 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    What a wonderful experience indeed ! So pleased for you. And especially concerning the presence of Dr. Eben Alexander 111, whose nde was extraordinary, and whose professional integrity was such as to make him devote lots of time preparing for the ‘uncontaminated’
    account of it in readiness for publication.

    • Dr Penny Sartori May 3, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Thank you John – it really was amazing and an event I will never forget. Yes, it was really great to meet Eben. He was interviewed by Steve Paulson in front of the audience and it was so interesting to hear a neurosurgeon describe his own NDE. There was one part of the interview that was very moving and brought a tears to my eyes – it was when Dr Raymond Moody asked him a question at the end. I can’t wait for the videos to put on line as it is so important that this conference reaches a wide audience.

      • Tony May 4, 2012 at 12:17 am #

        looking forward to the videos!

  3. tim May 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Wow, Penny, that’s great to hear.

  4. Jock Brocas May 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Hey Penny, how are you? I am now in USA. I see you got on well with Eben! He is on the board

    • Dr Penny Sartori May 8, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Jock, great to hear from you. I guessed you may be in the USA now – sorry we didn’t get to meet while you were in Swansea. Yes, it was so good to meet Eben, he really is very courageous to speak so publicly about his experience. Keep in touch.

      • Jock Brocas May 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        He certainly is, i am going to get him for our conference here in usa too, which i hope you will come to or speak at.

      • Dr Penny Sartori June 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

        Hi Jock, thanks for your comment. I’d love to attend your conference, I’ll try my best to be there.

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