Near-Death Newsletter -- September 1, 2004
- "I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the
sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation."
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
=======================================================================================================================================Near-Death Newsletter September 1, 2004
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=======================================================================================================================================Table of Contents
(1) NDEs in the news
(2) Events, conferences, workshops
(3) What's new on near-death.com
(4) Q & A with Dr. PMH Atwater
(5) Books on the NDE
(6) Websites on the NDE
(7) Support the search for the afterlife
(8) Odds and ends
=======================================================================================================================================(1) NDEs in the news
*** Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Dies; Famed for Work on Dying
PHOENIX, AZ -- (Reuters)
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss-born psychiatrist and author who
gained international fame for her landmark work on death and dying,
has died in her suburban Phoenix home. She was 78. Kubler-Ross,
who wrote the groundbreaking 1969 book "On Death and Dying,"
died Tuesday night of natural causes while surrounded by close
friends and family, colleague David Kessler said on Wednesday.
* PMH Atwater's Tribute to Elisabeth:
* Public services will be held on Saturday, September 4th, at
Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., 3PM in Scottsdale,
Arizona. See http://www.elisabethkublerross.com/pages/funeral/funeral.html
for more details. The burial will be the next morning, Sunday, Sept.
5th, 10am, Paradise memorial Gardens, 9300 East Shea Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ. (RSVP requested - see http://www.elisabethkublerross.com/pages/funeral/rsvp.html
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to
those organizations listed on her website at http://www.elisabethkublerross.com/
* In 1999, Time magazine named Elisabeth Kubler-Ross as one of the
"100 Most Important Thinkers" of the past century. I might add that
she is also the "First Pioneer of the Final Frontier Called Death."
* Read an excerpt from "On Death and Dying":
* Read more news articles about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross:
*** New Atwater Presentation Available on DVD / VHS / CD
SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Near-Death Newsletter)
"As You Die" is a unique audio/video experience from P.M.H. Atwater,
LhD because it is the only presentation on Earth that talks a person
through physical death as he or she is dying, and the soul's
separation. It has been field tested for over a decade with hundreds
of people, demonstrating that it really does help to alleviate the
fear of death, and makes it easier and quicker for someone to die
and die at peace. Ordering options: (1) Phone: (504) 840-9898
(2) Email: focus@... (3) Website:
*** Psychic Healing Works
TUCSON, AZ -- (UnknownCountry.com)
Scientists have proven that psychic healing works by having a healer
from India direct healing energy towards seeds in a petri dish.
The seeds that received the healer's attention grew faster than
those in a control group. And when healers directed energy towards
cultured brain cells, they grew faster. The healing affected random
number generators as well.
*** Nature "Mankind's Gravest Threat"
LONDON, UK -- (BBC News)
Giant tsunamis, super volcanoes and earthquakes could pose a
greater threat than terrorism, scientists claim. Global Geophysical
Events, or "Gee Gees", as they are nick-named, are not being
taken seriously enough, they say. The global community needs to
monitor these risks, and develop strategies to cope in the face
of a catastrophe.
*** Asteroid Shaves Past Earth's Atmosphere
SOCORRO, NM -- (NewScientist.com)
"This was an extraordinarily close encounter and so the orbital
change was quite extraordinary. 2004 FU162 was deflected by
about 20 degrees because of the Earth's gravity. I've never seen
anything like that before," Chesley told New Scientist. The previous
record for the closest asteroid approach to Earth was set on
18 March by an object called 2004 FH which missed the Earth
by about 40,000 kilometres."
=======================================================================================================================================(2) Events, Conferences, Workshops
*** September 10 - 12, 2004 - "Soul Survival: A Conference Exploring
the Evidence for Life After Death" - Omega Institute for Holistic
Studies, Rhinebeck, New York, USA - Featuring with Dr Raymond Moody,
Brian Weiss, John Holland and Suzanne Northrop - This special
gathering - a favorite at Omega the past several years - is an
extraordinary opportunity to explore the evidence for life after
death with some of the leaders in soul survival, past-life therapy,
reincarnation, communication with the deceased, and the afterlife.
*** September 17 - 19, 2004 - "Science, Self and Meaning" - Eighth
Annual Conference of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology
Section of the British Psychological Society - St Anne's College,
Oxford University, UK - In this conference, we will examine
different approaches to meeting the challenges from neuroscience to
social constructionism, philosophy and first-person explorations of
the self and meaningful action developed in different cultures. Key
speakers are Jaak Panksepp (neuroscience), Ciaran Benson
(psychology), and Galen Strawson (philosophy).
*** October 7 - 10, 2004 - 2nd Annual North American Conference
on Children's Spirituality - Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific
Grove, California, USA - Plan to attend this groundbreaking
conference bringing together world-renown scholars,
researchers, teachers, religious educators, counselors, community leaders,
parents, grandparents and others interested in exploring the
remarkable richness of children's spiritual life. Small and large
group presentations and discussions on numerous topics focus on
educating the whole child, innovative spiritual and religious
curriculum, research and theory, intuitive and imaginative
development, and spiritual parenting, counseling and community. A
partial list of workshops and topics include: Children's Mystical
Experiences: Implications for Human Development, Neurobiology
and Spirituality, Children's Past Life: Revealing the Souls of
Children, Psychic Experiences of Children: Blessing or Curse?, The
Sixth Sense of Children, Transcendent Consciousness and the Cultures
that Inspire It.
*** October 9 - 10, 2004 - "The Marriage of Science and
Spirituality" - Living The Field Conference 2004 - The Logan Hall,
Bedford Way, London, UK - Among the speakers which include Edgar
Mitchell, Karl Pribram, Raymond Moody and Stanley Krippner, Cleve
Backster, Craig Webb, Skip Atwater, and Joe McMoneagle. It will be
two days packed with insights and revelations, and a full workshop
programme will also give you the chance to put theory into practice.
It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and hear some of the
world¹s leading physicists, psychics and spiritual pioneers - all
in one insight-packed weekend.
*** October 21 - 24, 2004 - ParaWorldExpo 2004
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA - If
it's outside of the box, it's all under one roof exclusively at the
ParaWorldExpo - over fifty internationally recognized experts in
parapsychology including Dr. PMH Atwater (NDEs), Dr. Stanton
Friedman (UFOs), Dr. David Morehouse (Remote Viewing), Dr. Walter
Semkiw (Reincarnation), Carol Bowman, MS (Children's past lives),
and Dr. Hans Holzer (Parapsychology).
*** Visit the NDE Conferences page for more upcoming events
=======================================================================================================================================(3) What's new on near-death.com
The following are the latest additions to near-death.com:
*** Barbara Harris Whitfield's NDEs
This page contains Chapter One of Barbara's book Final Passage
where she describes her extraordinary NDEs. Because Barbara
is also a well-known NDE researcher, I have added her page to
the NDE Experts section of my website.
Barbara's book "Final Passage":
*** Religious interpretations of NDEs
David San Filippo's doctoral candidacy essay contends that
religious interpretations combined with the contemporary research
of NDEs and the arguments against reductionism provide grounds
for the plausibility of the transpersonal theories concerning the NDE.
*** A Tribute to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross by PMH Atwater
PMH Atwater pays tribute to one who started it all and paved the way
for everyone else.
*** Elisabeth Kubler-Ross quotes
Famous quotes by the late great Elisabeth Kubler-Ross have
been added in honor of her immense wisdom, heart, and soul.
*** Requests for NDE Participants
This page contains all the NDE studies, requests for research
subjects, requests for interviews, and other activities for
experiencers and researchers to participate in. If you are a
researcher looking for experiencers, email your request to
webmaster@... and I will add it to this web page.
*** Download my FREE 292 page Ebook "Nothing Better Than Death"
As a "Thank You" to all the wonderful people who visit my website,
I am giving away the ebook version of my paperback book entitled
"Nothing Better Than Death." The paperback version is still
available for purchase online. More ebooks are on the way. I also
plan on having a follow-up book published hopefully by the end of
*** What's New page
All the recent additions to this website are also listed on the
"What's New" page on my website.
=======================================================================================================================================(4) Q and A with Dr. P.M.H. Atwater
An in-depth look at the near-death phenomenon
In this section of the newsletter, PMH Atwater will answer a
question submitted to her from subscribers to this newsletter. If
you have a question that you would like her to answer for this
column, just email your question to me at:
webmaster@... for consideration.
P.M.H. Atwater's latest books:
"The New Children and Near-Death Experiences"
"We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death"
QUESTION: "I saw a news article on the Internet recently about a
monkey that had a near-death experience and afterward it would
no longer walk like a monkey, but, instead, would walk like a human.
It seems to me that this is a clear demonstration of how the NDE is
a catalyst for evolutionary change. I know that you have written
extensively about NDEs and their nature to produce evolutionary
change. I was wondering what you believe are the ramifications of
this news. Thanks a bunch, Mike."
PMH ATWATER'S ANSWER: "News copy said the monkey had had a near-
death experience and that its sudden change in walking habits might
in fact be an example of the fabled "missing link" in evolution from
monkey to human. First of all, and I want to be very clear about
this - how could anyone, including the reporter, know whether or not
this monkey had a near-death experience?... "
[Read more from the link provided below]
P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D.
Marketplace (a public service):
P.M.H. Atwater's Press kit: http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/pmh%20atwater%20press%20kit.pdf
Book of Columns: http://www.iands.org/pmh_columns.html
=======================================================================================================================================(5) Books on the NDE
*** The NDE Online Store includes NDE books, videos, movies,
documentaries, magazines, and other media.
*** 90 Minutes In Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life
by Don Piper with Cecil Murphy
As he is driving home from a minister's conference, Baptist minister
Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He
is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper
experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced
him spiritually. He hears beautiful music and feels true peace. Back
on earth, passing minister who has also been at the conference is
led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper
miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced
by a long and painful recovery. For years Piper kept his heavenly
experience to himself. Finally, however, friends and family
convinced him to share his remarkable story.
*** Near-Death Experiences Without the Flatlines: You Don't Have
to Die to See the Light -- by Dr. Paul Schenk
What if you could have a NDE without any risk to your body's
well-being? For almost 20 years Dr. Schenk has used hypnosis to
help clients have "waking dreams." These interactive dreams,
in which the person is always someone else, enables the person
to safely experience many of the phenomena associated with a true
NDE, without any of the life-threatening risks. The varied case
studies in the book, together with extensive transcripts of actual
waking dreams, demonstrate a variety of ways that Dr. Schenk has
used them to help people resolve problems ranging from the specific
to the existential.
Chapter excerpts: http://www.drpaulschenk.com/nde.htm
Order the book: http://www.drpaulschenk.com/order_form.htm
Good articles: http://www.drpaulschenk.com/articles.html
*** SynchroFile: Amazing Personal Encounters With Synchronicity
And Other Strange Phenomena -- by Raymond E. Fowler
In SynchroFile, best-selling author Raymond E. Fowler (The
Andreasson Affair) applies the same kind of meticulous research
into the supernatural-like synchronistic experiences that permeate
his life. This book compiles the results of his research into
Jungian psychology, the New Physics and his study of a ten-year
diary of personal and family experiences of amazing coincidences and
paranormal experiences. His research leads to the incredulous
conclusion that time is an illusion and that reports of
synchronicity, ghosts, out of the body experiences, near death
experiences, UFOs, precognition, telepathy, and other extrasensory
experiences are all individual expressions of one intelligent-like
meta-phenomenon. Dr. Kenneth Ring wrote that Fowler's researched
book on Near-Death and UFO experiences "may well have deciphered the
ultimate nature and meaning" of these baffling phenomena.
*** Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living From a
Forensic Pathologist -- by Janis Amatuzio
Forensic pathologist Janis Amatuzio first began recording the
stories told to her by patients, police officers, and other doctors
because she felt that no one spoke for the dead. She believed the
real experience of death - namely, the spiritual and otherworldly
experiences of those near death and their loved ones - was ignored
by the medical professionals, who thought of death as simply the
cessation of breath. She knew there was more. From the first
experience of a patient in her care dying to the miraculous
"appearances" of loved ones after death, she began recording
these experiences. Dr. Amatuzio found that by telling the story
of their death to a loved one, she could help bring some sense
of completion to the grieving family and friends. Written by a
scientist in approachable, nonjudgmental language for anyone
who has lost someone they love, this book offers stories that
can't be explained in purely physical terms.
*** Introduction to Parapsychology -- by Harvey J. J. Irwin
This is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of our highly
acclaimed university textbook on the science of parapsychology.
The objective of this book is to provide an introductory survey
of parapsychologists' efforts to explore the authenticity and
bases of anomalous, apparently paranormal phenomena. Dr. Irwin
outlines the origins of parapsychological research and critically
reviews investigations of extrasensory perception, psychokinesis,
poltergeist phenomena, near-death and out-of-body experiences,
and the evaluation of parapsychology as a scientific enterprise.
*** After Life: Answers From The Other Side - by John Edward
Join John Edward (Crossing Over) and a documentary crew in
Australia and across the U.S., where he demonstrates once
again that grief, healing, and hope are eternally intertwined and
universal. John answers your most often-asked questions about
how the mediumship process works on the Other Side, while
taking you on the inside of his own personal life as a husband
and new father. He shares what he's learned through his own
recent, personal losses and demonstrates that you're never too
late to forgive -- and never too far away to love.
*** Visits From the Afterlife -- by Sylvia Browne
The famous psychic and NDEr journeys even deeper into the
Other Side, detailing stirring true encounters, describing
visitations with ghosts, in-transition spirits, and other troubled
souls seeking peace and closure. She travels to locations as diverse
as haunted homes and ships possessed by otherworldly forces. Through
these spiritual visits, she explains the reasons behind many of the
world's most bizarre and mysterious hauntings, and she shares her
own personal, face-to-face experiences with these inexplicable
phenomena. From surprising revelations about the spirit world to
moving reunions with those who have moved on, Visits from the
Afterlife once again illustrates spirits' profound and eternal
influence on our earthly lives.
=======================================================================================================================================(6) Websites on the NDE
IANDS is the premier research organization in the field of
near-death studies. If you haven't yet joined this wonderful
organization, I encourage you to join online at their membership
page. There are many benefits for being a member. Their quarterly
newsletter Vital Signs is alone worth becoming a member.
Home page: http://www.iands.org
Join IANDS: https://www.iands.org/joincard.html
SEPTEMBER 8 - 10, 2005 - IANDS Annual Conference
A.R.E. Conference, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Check out the IANDS Conference information page.
*** The Death Clocks on the Net
The Internet's friendly reminder that life is slipping away. Just
answer a few questions and your time of death is immediately calculated.
For Optimists: The Life Clock
*** Afterlife Telegrams
Terminally ill volunteers memorize the telegrams before passing
away, and then deliver the telegrams in heaven to your loved one.
The small fee can be given to a relative, donated to a charity or
used to pay for medical bills. The company does not keep any of
the fees from the sale of the telegrams.
*** Last Wishes
A service that lets you store private information and messages which
are then only distributed to the individuals you choose in the event
of your death.
Got a website? What will happen to it after you die? Make it an
"eternal" website so that it will forever be on the internet.
*** Last Rites
How to discuss death and how to ensure that your wishes are
obeyed when you are dying and after you're gone.
*** Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Are you middle-aged? In the heart attack range? Buy a defibrillator
and carry it around. Then when the heart attack happens, someone
can easily resuscitate you. Then tell everyone about your NDE!
*** Make a Wish
Help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical
conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
*** The Compassionate Friends
A national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers
friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents
*** The Archive of Strange Deaths
The strange, unusual and weird deaths archive. You will find
articles dating from 1990/91 to the current. All the articles are
believed to be copyright of the publication given.
*** Celebrity Death Beeper
They will beep you when a celebrity or sports figure dies. Free.
Simple. Easy. Fun. No bull. Now checking for deaths every 10 minutes.
*** What Are The Odds Of Dying?
Learn what the odds are of being killed by lightning or automobile
or by plane crash ... etc..
*** Amusement Park Ride Accidents and Deaths
This is the world's single most comprehensive, detailed, updated,
accurate, and complete source of amusement ride accident reports
and related news. A record of amusement ride fatalities in the U.S
Also: Disneyland deaths: http://www.snopes.com/disney/parks/deaths.htm
*** Live Ghost and UFO Cams
Watch the 15 live webcams for ghosts and UFOs.
*** Funeral Cast
Unfortunately people cannot always attend a memorial service for
many reasons. Through this site you can watch your loved one's
funeral memorial and graveside service or view online death notices
and memorials from anywhere. Computers and internet access is
available. Participating funeral homes to the funeral-cast site are
leaders in their industry.
*** Why Science and Medicine Wants Your Dead Body
An investigation of the points of controversy dealing with body
disposal and who has rights over your body and remains. Issues
of body and organ donation were explored which included ethical
and religious views on the subject.
*** Last Chapters
A website for sharing stories about people who are facing death,
dealing with grief; and learning how others have coped.
*** Virtual Memorials
They will create a memorial web page which will celebrate the
lives and personalities of those you have lost and provide a place
where these cherished images and biographies will have a
*** If you know of any new NDE website or web article you would
like to see profiled, email to me the address of the website at:
=======================================================================================================================================(7) Support the search for the afterlife
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Peace and Light,
Kevin R. Williams
"Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife"
"Nothing Better Than Death"
"Death is nothing more than a doorway, something you walk
through." - Dr. George Ritchie (a near-death experiencer)