What Medical Professionals Need to Know About NDEs

May 4, 2014 | 0 comments

NDE videoAlthough media depictions of Near Death Experiences (NDEs) present mysterious, inexplicable psychic events, they are normal and fairly common in today’s advanced medical settings.

About 5% of patients report having NDEs, but the figure may actually be higher because patients are often reluctant to disclose their experiences.  Although some patients who have had NDEs may be treated appropriately by medical professionals, others may be ignored, over-medicated, dismissed, condemned or have the experience explained away.

Who would keep talking when one gets such reactions? Doctors and nurses receive little training about NDEs, largely due to a lack of informational training materials. That is now changing.

Near-Death Experience: What Medical Professionals Need to Know is an instructional video and training package for hospitals, hospice, medical schools and nursing programs. The video shifts the emphasis from trying to explain NDEs in physical terms to patient care and NDEs impact on patient healing.

The video includes interviews with medical professionals who have experienced NDEs. They include neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, author of the best-seller Proof of Heaven, based on his week-long Near Death Experience due to a bacterial infection, and Dr. Tony Cicoria, an orthopedic surgeon who was struck by lightning. Both doctors were transformed by their experiences.

Roberta Moore, producer of the Near-Death Experience video, joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on TogiNet Talk Radio to discuss NDEs and the interaction between patients and medical professionals.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What science currently knows about Near-Death Experiences
  • Who and how many people in the United States have had NDEs
  • The hallmarks of Near-Death Experiences
  • How medical personnel react to patients who experience NDEs
  • How NDEs impact grief and loss reactions to a death in the family

Near-Death Experience: What Medical Professionals Need to Know was produced in partnership with the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). More information about the video is available at www.IANDS.org/video.

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Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of DeathGail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist (that’s a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

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