Writing a Paper on Near-Death Experiences
We're glad to hear that you're interested in writing a paper on near-death experiences.
Our bibliography will give you a start. In particular, if you have access to the 2000 book, The Varieties of Anomalous Experience, Bruce Greyson's chapter on near-death experiences offers an excellent overview and includes a description of a very interesting NDE that occurred to a woman documented to have an inactive brain for one hour during surgery.
To locate resources in the library or bookstore, begin by checking listings under the author's name, if you know it, or under the topics of Near-Death, Death, and Dying. You may find books in the sections for Religion, Psychology, or Parapsychology. You may need to ask the librarian or salesperson; the topic is handled differently from place to place.
For magazine articles, look under the same topics suggested for book titles. Use the library's search facility if there is one. Otherwise, check the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. For some excellent recent magazine and journal resources:
For websites where near-death experiencers post their experiences and sometimes discuss them with others, go to:
If you are interested in actually interviewing people who have had a near-death experience, try these suggestions:
Check to see if there is a local support and interest group near you for near-death experiencers (a Friends of IANDS group: FOI). Use the contact information to learn when and where the group meets. At the meeting, identify yourself as someone preparing to write a paper on near-death experiences.
Run a small request in your school or community newspaper, or post a notice on a high-traffic bulletin board (library, supermarket, wherever in your community people are most apt to stop and browse).
Whenever you interview a near-death experiencer, be sure to guarantee confidentiality-and keep this promise without fail!
Term Paper Topics about Near-death Experiences
Basic: The near-death experience (NDE) in general
How the tabloid papers report near-death experiences
NDE themes and similarities in Katharine Anne Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider; Dickens' A Christmas Carol; Black Elk's Black Elk Speaks
Similarities and differences among NDEs across world culture
Last Updated ( Friday, 28 January 2011 01:30 )