October 2013 death bed witness experiences


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October 2013 death bed witness experiences

  1. 1. Unusual Experiences around the Dying: The Deathbed Witnesses Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD www.theazire.org The AZIRE Learning Center in Second Life SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/153/89/60
  2. 2. Today’s Class Topics • Definitions of the phenomena • Types of phenomena reported • Some of the main researchers • Early Examples • Some Typical Experiences • Prevalence and Comparison to the NDE Experience • Some references to modern research • The Purposes of the Research from Different Points of View
  3. 3. Definitions From Sonderman et al. 2011
  4. 4. Types of phenomena O Lights seen around the body of the dying person, at O O O O O O the foot or head of the bed, or in the room Figures seen: angels, pillars of light, unrecognized individuals Terminal lucidity: directed towards living individuals around the death and/or unseen individuals or unseen landscapes Clouds, mists, or the double of the dying person around/ or seen to rise from the dying person Changes in room temperature, bystanders’ perception of the room Shared perceptions between witnesses of a NDE-like experiences or shared experience between bystander and dying person Synchronicities: clocks stopping,
  5. 5. William Barrett Peter Fenwick Karlis Osis Erlendur Haraldsson Raymond Moody Bruce Greyson Allan Kellehear
  6. 6. Types of informants O Family members O Friends O Physicians O Nurses O General Hospital Staff O Hospice workers O Social workers / Care managers O Other bystanders
  7. 7. Italian St. Fina, died 1253, appearance of Pope Gregory the Great
  8. 8. Horace Traubel (1858-1919) Walt Whitman 1819-1892 Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave (1890-1971)
  9. 9. Some typical experiences: O From my family: O The glow O Introducing the new nephew O From the literature: O The little girl and her friend Jenny O Visits from relatives (usually parents or children) O Visits from friends O Visits from religious figures O From Moody’s Glimpses of Eternity O Traveling through the tunnel with the dying person O Changes in the perception of the room O Seeing the “helper” figures the dying person sees
  10. 10. Sondermann et al., 2011
  11. 11. From Ethier 2005
  12. 12. The purposes of the research: O For nurses & physicians: O Identifying the stages of dying O Understanding how to support the dying and their families O For hospice workers: O Understanding the importance of these experiences for a peaceful, comforting, spiritual death O For anthropologists: O To understand how cultures approach death, what are the experiences and the beliefs O For scientific parapsychologists: O To examine the experiences from the point of view of survival research
  13. 13. Deathbed Visions of the Dying O Barrett, William (1926) Death-Bed Visions. London: Methuen O Osis, Karlis (1961). Deathbed Observations by Physicians and Nurses. New York: Parapsychology Foundation O Osis, Karlis, & Haraldsson, Erlendur, (1977). At the Hour of Death. New York: Avon O Ethier, Angela (2005). Death-related sensory experiences. Journal of Pediatric Oncology O Brayne et al. (2008). End of life experiences, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine O Fenwick, Peter et al. (2009). Comfort for the dying, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics O Greyson, Bruce (2010). Seeing people not known to have died, Anthropology and Humanism. O Moody, Raymond (2010). Glimpses of Eternity O Doka, Kenneth J, et al. (2010-2011). Deathbed Visions from India, Omega O Kellehear, Allan et al. (2011-2012). Deathbed visions from the Republic of Moldova, Omega
  14. 14. Our new study … Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone are collecting experiences in which someone witnesses unusual phenomena happening around a dying person, or in which someone feels that they have shared some aspects of the dying person's experience of their death. Such experiences might include, for example, visions of all sorts, as well as hearing or feeling various other sensations that surround the person's death. Alvarado and Zingrone are interested in hearing about any experience that you think might be relevant. If you have had such an experience, and would like to write to them about it, you can contact them either by writing them at Alvarado & Zingrone, c/o IANDS, 2741 Campus Walk Avenue, Building 500, Durham, NC, 27705 or by emailing to them at csalvarado1955@gmail.com. All names will be kept confidential. For more information about Dr. Alvarado you can check his biography here: http://www.parapsych.org/users/carlos/profile.aspx. For more information about Dr. Zingrone you can check her biography here: http://www.parapsych.org/users/nanzingrone/profile.aspx.
  15. 15. Thanks for your Attention! email: nancy@theazire.org www.theazire.org The AZIRE Learning Center in Second Life SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/153/89/60