After A doctor explores what near-death experiences reveal about life and beyond

Bruce Greyson

Book - 2021

"The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness. Cases of remarkable experiences on the threshold of death have been reported since ancient times, and are described today by 10% of people whose hearts stop. The medical world has generally ignored these "near-death experiences," dismissing them as "tricks of the brain" or wishful thinking. But after his patients... started describing events that he could not just sweep under the rug, Dr. Bruce Greyson began to investigate. As a physician without a religious belief system, he approached near-death experiences from a scientific perspective. In After, he shares the transformative lessons he has learned over four decades of research. Our culture has tended to view dying as the end of our consciousness, the end of our existence-a dreaded prospect that for many people evokes fear and anxiety. But Dr. Greyson shows how scientific revelations about the dying process can support an alternative theory. Dying could be the threshold between one form of consciousness and another, not an ending but a transition. This new perspective on the nature of death can transform the fear of dying that pervades our culture into a healthy view of it as one more milestone in the course of our lives. After challenges us to open our minds to these experiences and to what they can teach us, and in so doing, expand our understanding of consciousness and of what it means to be human"--

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Published
New York, NY : St. Martin's Essentials, an imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 258 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-247) and index.
ISBN
9781250263032
1250263034
Main Author
Bruce Greyson (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

With a well-written and clear narrative delivered in layperson's terms, this book chronicles Dr. Greyson's incredible quest to learn all he could about near-death experiences, or NDEs. He begins by telling readers of his pragmatic upbringing and how his skepticism fueled his need to study all he could. He presents many firsthand examples of his "Experiencers" episodes, telling his audience how these NDEs were transformative for every Experiencer and how the event not only affected how they felt about dying but also changed their view on living. He also states that 10 percent of people will have an NDE so there is no way to tell who will or won't have one, and that NDEs have become much more socially acceptable and an Experiencer today would be much less likely to be offered counseling as in the past. He also tells readers how his title reflects the mixed focus of not only life after death but also life after an NDE. VERDICT This book is educational and informative. Both professional and fans of nonfiction books on NDEs will find this important work a must read.—Debbie Haupt, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist., St. Peters, MO Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness. Cases of remarkable experiences on the threshold of death have been reported since ancient times, and are described today by 10% of people whose hearts stop. The medical world has generally ignored these "near-death experiences," dismissing them as "tricks of the brain" or wishful thinking. But after his patients started describing events that he could not just sweep under the rug, Dr. Bruce Greyson began to investigate. As a physician without a religious belief system, he approached near-death experiences from a scientific perspective. In After, he shares the transformative lessons he has learned over four decades of research. Our culture has tended to view dying as the end of our consciousness, the end of our existence-a dreaded prospect that for many people evokes fear and anxiety. But Dr. Greyson shows how scientific revelations about the dying process can support an alternative theory. Dying could be the threshold between one form of consciousness and another, not an ending but a transition. This new perspective on the nature of death can transform the fear of dying that pervades our culture intoa healthy view of it as one more milestone in the course of our lives. After challenges us to open our minds to these experiences and to what they can teach us, and in so doing, expand our understanding of consciousness and of what it means to be human"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness.Cases of remarkable experiences on the threshold of death have been reported since ancient times, and are described today by 10% of people whose hearts stop. The medical world has generally ignored these “near-death experiences,” dismissing them as “tricks of the brain” or wishful thinking. But after his patients started describing events that he could not just sweep under the rug, Dr. Bruce Greyson began to investigate.As a physician without a religious belief system, he approached near-death experiences from a scientific perspective. In After, he shares the transformative lessons he has learned over four decades of research. Our culture has tended to view dying as the end of our consciousness, the end of our existence—a dreaded prospect that for many people evokes fear and anxiety.But Dr. Greyson shows how scientific revelations about the dying process can support an alternative theory. Dying could be the threshold between one form of consciousness and another, not an ending but a transition. This new perspective on the nature of death can transform the fear of dying that pervades our culture into a healthy view of it as one more milestone in the course of our lives. After challenges us to open our minds to these experiences and to what they can teach us, and in so doing, expand our understanding of consciousness and of what it means to be human.