Dr. Elaine Drysdale, a veteran Vancouver psychiatrist and a professor at the University of B.C., finds many of her sick clients are profoundly grateful to learn from her and others about the serious research being conducted into near-death experiences.
Countless anxious patients have felt relief when Dr. Elaine Drysdale does not dismiss their near-death experience as a sign of either delirium, psychoses or lack of oxygen to the brain.
The veteran Vancouver psychiatrist and professor at the University of B.C. finds many of her sick clients are profoundly grateful to learn from her and others about the growing field of near-death research.
Going against mainstream attitudes in Canadian health care, Drysdale has been quietly teaching patients, medical students, psychiatry residents and palliative-care staff about the benefits of understanding what happens to people who return to life after appearing clinically dead.
“What we know from people who have come as close as one can get to dying, and still have survived to talk about it, is that the actual moment of dying is peaceful to the person dying, regardless of what it might look like to onlookers,” says Drysdale.
Even people who have been struck by lightning have described their near-death experience as serene, says Drysdale, who has worked with hundreds of patients at the end of their lives.
“To the observer, the lightning strike looked violent, but the person on the inside experienced peacefulness. That’s a comforting prospect.” ~ Excerpt from an article by Douglas Todd.