Near Death Experiences Research Paper by Nicky

Near Death Experiences
A look at the explanations, aftereffects and meanings of near death experiences (NDEs).
# 128753 | 5,925 words | 24 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 06, 2010 in Medical and Health (General)

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This paper discusses the medical theories and explanations for near death experiences including alternative explanations and 'look-a-likes'. In addition, case studies that involve both children and adults and their experiences are also examined, as are demographic, cross-cultural, and religious concerns. Also looked at in the paper are the aftereffects and meanings of these experiences, the attitudes and knowledge of mental health professionals, the patient expectations of clinicians in this regard, the clinical dilemmas that can be faced, and the clinical implications and interventions that are involved with the NDE.

Medical Theories and Explanations of NDE
The Definition and Components - Scientific Naysayers
Various Types of Experiences
Demographic, Cross-Cultural, and Religious Factors
Meanings and Aftereffects
Mental Health Professionals Attitudes and Knowledge
Commonly Reported Patient Expectations of Clinicians
Clinical Dilemmas, Clinical Implications, and Interventions

From the Paper:

"Doctors and many other clinicians have made the statement that the white light that many people see when they are dying is only the activity of a dying brain trying to process information and is not proof that the person was going to heaven (Ring & Cooper, 1999). This may in fact be true, but while it certainly cannot be proven that a person saw the bright light of heaven, it also cannot be medical proven that it was not. This leaves a lot of people virtually stuck between what they believe and what what are actually able to prove. This gives them a serious conundrum and can be a very difficult place for them to be (Ring & Cooper, 1999). The idea of an NDE can be frightening and confusing, and it can also be beautiful, depending on the person and on what he or she sees. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atwater, P. M. H. 2007. The big book of near death experiences: The ultimate guide to what happens when we die. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads.
  • Bailey, L. W. & Yates, J. (Eds.). 1996. The near-death experience: A reader. New York: Routledge.
  • Driscoll, Joseph. (2001). Spirituality and religion in end-of-life care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 4(3): 333-335
  • Freud, Sigmund. 2007. The Interpretation of Dreams. New York, NY: NuVision Publications.
  • Gallup, G. & Proctor, W. (1982). Adventures in immortality: A look beyond the threshold of death. New York: McGraw Hill.

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