Impressions of Near-Death Experiences is now available

Impressions FrontBookCoverRobert Christophor Coppes, PhDIANDS Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Robert Christophor (Bob) Coppes' book Impressions of Near-Death Experiences. In this book, Coppes presents many hundreds of quotes from more than 100 experiencers from all over the world. By organizing these excerpts into categories, he gives the reader a more in-depth and nuanced impression of the near-death experience (NDE). NDEs come alive and this effect multiplies as the reader progresses through the book. The message from these stories will touch a truth that is deep within you—an inner core that you can trust.

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Announcing Recently Released IANDS Publications!

Announcing New IANDS Publications

Impressions of Near-Death Experiences by Robert Christophor Coppes presents excerpts from over 100 experiencers' accounts organized by categories like Unconditional Love, The Life Review, Veridical Observations, Interconnection with All, and Aftereffects.

The Self Does Not Die (Second Edition) by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, and Rudolf Smit has 24 new cases of verified paranormal phenomena from near-death experiences (NDEs), now totaling 128 cases—100 additional pages. Some new cases are among the most evidential NDE cases to date.

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Conference Video on Demand Registration is Now Open

2023 Conference video recordings now available for purchase as video on demand (VOD)

Inspired to Loving Action
The Transformative Power of Near-Death and Related Experiences

LINK to purchase VOD: https//

Video On Demand: $79 members, $99 non-members. Prior Conference In-Person and Live Streaming registrants are Free. Videos made from Rooms 1, 2, & 3 and selected other videos will be available on the VOD Page. Prior Conference registrants have been notified via email on how to access all available Conference videos.

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Drs. van Lommel and Greyson: To the Rescue!

Once again, researchers have published an article about bursts of brain activity in the dying human brain, and people interested in the question of the origin of NDEs have contacted Journal of Near-Death Studies editor, Jan Holden, EdD, asking whether the results described in the article provide a materialist explanation of the source of NDEs.

A challenge for intelligent lay readers is that most of us do not have the expertise to understand technical references to medical procedures and assessment results, such as "EEG gamma bursts," described in such articles. So, Jan reached out to two IANDS members who do have such expertise: cardiologist Pim van Lommel, MD, and emeritus professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences Bruce Greyson, MD.

In the brief (4.5 double-spaced pages) Invited Commentary linked below, these experts explain—in terms most readers should be able to understand—why the findings of this most recent study and others like it "do not and cannot explain" either confirmed aspects of NDEs or the source of NDEs. Their Invited Commentary will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal but, as a service to IANDS members and to the general public, is provided here as a pre-print publication.

Remembering Diane Corcoran, PhD, RN, US Army Col (Ret)

Diane Corcoran photoWith sadness, but also with gratitude for her many years of devoted service and contributions, IANDS announces the passing of Diane Corcoran on Sunday, March 5, 2023. At the time of her transition, Diane was an active member of the Board of Directors, a multiple-time IANDS past-president, creator and leader of the Veterans Sharing Group, and near-death experiencer (NDEr).

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2023 IANDS Spring Symposium - April 22nd

2023 IANDS Spring Symposium



The 2023 IANDS Spring Symposium will address the topic of the role of near-death experiences and related experiences in grief and grief counseling. The event will be online on Saturday, April 22, from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM Eastern time.

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Kenneth Ring's new book: A Near-Death Researcher's Notebook

Kenneth Ring's new book: A Near-Death Researcher's NotebookIANDS co-founder and first president, Kenneth Ring has published his new book, A Near-Death Researcher's Notebook; What I Have Learned About Dying, Death, and the Afterlife. Nancy Clark, IANDS group leader of the Ohio, Columbus group shares her recommendation here: 

I've read just about everything Ken Ring has written. He is one of the most renowned near-death experience researchers of our time. But lately, he has woven together in his current book not only what he has learned from his NDE research, but he gives you an appreciation for the fragility and complexity of life itself.

Ring beautifully interweaves scientific fact with captivating storytelling in a way that provides the reader with a perspective that allows one to cherish life for as long as we have it.

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Spiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe Their Experiences

Marjorie W adSpiritual Awakenings: Scientists and Academics Describe Their Experiences

Edited by Marjorie Woollacott, PhD, and David Lorimer

The essays in this volume are a wonderful and varied collection of personal insights into individual spiritual awakenings and the resulting transformation in the lives of scientists and academics.

Scholars share the experience of their own spiritual awakening and journey, including encountering challenges to their credibility in academia, if they shared these experiences. Their comments about transformation in values, beliefs, and approaches toward life are very moving, expressing a deep inner wisdom and connection, not only with humanity but also with the earth and cosmos.  

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Participate in an NDE Research Study!

If you have had a near-death experience (NDE), NDE-like experience or related experience, please consider participating in the on-going research studies below. All of these studies have been reviewed and approved by the IANDS Academic & Research Committee.

1. Terminal Lucidity in Children and Adults
  • Objectives:  Terminal Lucidity (TL) is an unexpected surge of mental clarity usually reported in the last minutes, hours, or days before a person’s death. TL remains little understood. Although it is often reported in those of older age who have dementia, anecdotal evidence suggests TL is also very common in children who are terminally ill. More research is needed to better understand TL in children and to provide important details regarding the end-of-life stage of children, what the child's and parents/caregivers' needs might be, and how medical personnel can best respond to meet those needs.
  • Researcher: Dr. Natasha Tassell-Matamua, Associate Professor at Massey University, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
  • Type of study: You are invited to complete an online questionnaire, which will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. The questionnaire will ask you questions about the TL episode you witnessed, the circumstances of the passing of the adult or child who had the TL episode, as well as the psychological impact of witnessing TL on your spiritual and religious beliefs, attitudes towards life and death, and nondual awareness.
  • Further information and contact information

 2. NDErs in the UK: how has your NDE impacted your wellbeing?

  • Objectives:  This project seeks NDEr participants in the UK to understand how they make sense of their NDE and how this impacts their wellbeing—more specifically, NDErs who would not consider themselves to be traditionally religious. This could be those who would say they are not formally religious but still believe that there is something ‘out there’ or beyond the physical world.
  • Researcher: Dr. Alex Fry, Lecturer and wellbeing researcher at Bournemouth University.
  • Type of study: You will be asked to take part in a one-to-one informal interview with Alex that will last between 75-90 minutes. It will feel more like a conversation.
  • Further information and contact information

3. Physicians who have had a near-death experience
  • Objectives:  We are recruiting physicians who have had a near-death experience (NDE) for an online study. The purpose of the study is to learn about physicians’ attitudes towards NDEs. Because of the impact of NDEs on experiencers’ lives, patients sometimes talk about these experiences with their physicians. This research aims to improve these interactions. We are interested in your participation even if you have not had patients who have reported an NDE.
  • Researchers: Marieta Pehlivanova, Ph.D., and Bruce Greyson, M.D., of the Department of Psychiatry and  Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
  • Type of study: Participation in the study will take about 15 minutes of your time and will consist of an anonymous online questionnaire. You are eligible to participate if you are a physician in any specialty and have had a near-death experience.
  • Further information and contact information

4. The sense of space, feelings of motion, emotions, and sensations in NDEs
  • Objectives: The study focuses on the type of spaces, feelings of motion, emotions, and sensations you experienced during your NDE. This research project has been reviewed by the Bar Ilan University Institutional Review Board Israel. To be eligible to participate in our study you must be fluent in English, be at least 18 years old, and have no mental disabilities or need for a guardian.
  • Researcher: Dr. France Lerner, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv District, Israel
  • Type of study: Premininary questionnaire (30 minutes); Online study questionnaire (up to 2 hours). To participate in this study, you will need: 
    1. Internet access.
    2.  Gmail account (or, if you do not have one, create an account at
    3. A pen (blue ink ballpoint 0.5).
    4. A printer with a scanner (or use a free cellular scanning App to scan your documents with your phone).
    5. An indoor place where you feel physically and psychologically at ease.
  • Further information and link to preliminary questionnaire

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Welcome to IANDS!

Welcome to IANDS 4

Founded in 1981, IANDS is a membership-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes research, education, and support around near-death experiences and related experiences. Our mission is to advance a global understanding of these experiences. We envision a future in which all people embrace near-death and related experiences as sources of meaning and inspiration for a better world. 

If you are not currently an IANDS member, we kindly invite you to join our organization. 

Why Join IANDS?

  • Make a difference in the world.
  • Be part of an inclusive, accepting community.
  • Change the public perception of death and dying.
  • Help end discrimination against people who have NDEs and related experiences. 
  • Receive members-only discounts and opportunities. 
  • Get our quarterly Vital Signs magazine exclusively for members only.
  • Enjoy our popular monthly near-death or near-death-like accounts.
  • Support NDE research and the publication of the Journal of Near-Death Studies.
  • Receive helpful information, resources, and educational offerings.
  • Provide valuable information, resources, and educational offerings to the world.
  • And much more.

You are here for a reason. We hope you will stay in touch!  


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