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.
See the first short clip at the following link:
The book has many examples of NDEs, empathic death experiences and other anomalous experiences that occur around death from people who have written to me over the years. I also draw on experiences from my nursing career and the doctoral research I conducted while working in intensive care.
When I reflect back on my research, I realise that we have been so busy trying to pathologise NDEs that we have missed a big point and that is the message that NDErs have for us all. Very often there is great wisdom in what NDErs have to say and by hearing what these people have to say, this is something we can all benefit from without having to nearly die.
The second video is slightly longer and can be viewed on the following link:
Endorsements of the Book so far…
A big thank you to Dr Pim van Lommel who took the time to read the manuscript and write the foreword to this book at very short notice. A big thank you also to Dr Jeffrey Long, Professor Bruce Greyson, Professor Paul Badham, Professor Janice Holden all of whom took the time to read the manuscript and write an endorsement.
You won’t want to miss this exceptional book! Dr. Sartori is uniquely qualified. She conducted one of the most important prospective near-death experience studies ever reported. As a nurse she works daily with dying patients. This book is scholarly in content, yet easy and delightful to read. This highly recommended book contains a treasure trove of wisdom that is powerful, inspiring, and could change your life.
Jeffrey Long, M.D., author of the New York Times bestselling Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.
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 book is an immensely valuable contribution to current debates about patient care.
Professor Paul Badham, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Wales Trinity St David.
“Nurse Penny Sartori was driven by an experience with a traumatized dying patient to study near-death experiences, not to pursue what might happen in an afterlife but rather to improve what happens in this life. Her goal was to learn all she could about the dying process in order to help her patients find meaning in their illness and restore a sense of well-being in their lives. The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences, the fruit of her labors, is an invaluable resource for health care workers, for dying patients and their families, and for all of us who will face death eventually.”
Professor Bruce Greyson, M.D. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences Director, Division of Perceptual Studies Dept. of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences Box 800152 University of Virginia Health System Charlottesville, VA 22908-0152
In this well written and open-hearted book Penny Sartori describes how near-death experiences can have a great impact for our healthcare system as well as for our still death denying and materialistic society. By doing research into NDE and being able to listen with an open mind to critically ill and dying patients in the intensive care unit she totally changed her ideas about life and death. She quotes many impressive stories of patients who reported their NDE to her, and she shares with us her new insight: live your life well and don’t leave things left undone until the time of your death. By reading this important book we are able to reap the benefits of the NDE without having to nearly die. Highly recommended, not only for healthcare workers and for patients with an NDE, but also for terminal ill patients and their families.
Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, author of ‘Consciousness beyond Life’.
Dr. Sartori has masterfully crafted a comprehensive summary of research on near-death and related experiences that is both accessible to the interested public and informative for many healthcare professionals. This work has the power to remind people of their purpose in living and to provoke a revolution in the more humane treatment of the dying.
Janice Holden, Ed.D., LPC-S, LMFT, NCC, Chair Department of Counseling and Higher Education
Professor, Counseling Program
College of Education
University of North Texas
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HUGE BIG THANK YOU
A huge thank you to all of the patients in my study and to the people who have contacted me and written to me over the years and allowed me to share their experiences in this book. By sharing their experiences they are helping others come to terms with their own experience and also conveying a greater understanding of what NDEs really are to those who have never had such an experience. Thank you to you all, you have been my greatest teachers.
I would like to say a big thank you to Steve Balsamo and Gareth Davies for their help with making the videos, both of whom gave up their time and expertise to get this film made in such a short space of time. Thank you also to Steve for letting me use some of his music in the film.
Steve Balsamo is singer / songwriter / musician, very well known for the lead role of Jesus Christ Superstar in the West end, London and lead singer of the band The Storeys who supported Elton John on his world tour. Check out his website:
Steve interviewed me for BBC Radio Wales earlier this year and he has been very supportive of my work and without his encouragement I wouldn’t have made this video.
Gareth is a graphic designer and his company also specialises in DSLR film making as well as a whole range of other services such as website design. Check out his website: http://www.seebehindthemoon.com