Liz Dale

 

Liz Dale – A Brief Biography

 

Liz Dale is the first NDE researcher to study the near-death experiences (NDEs) of gay and lesbian individuals. Now a clinical psychologist living in the Bay Area, she was prompted to look at the literature concerning gay NDEs after a speaker at the 1996 IANDS conference in Oakland challenged members to dive into that area of the subject. Additionally, an insulting homophobic public comment during one of the events at the conference only cemented her desire to begin research in earnest. In the beginning she realized that there was a dearth of information and research on the topic and came up empty-handed. The result of her first study is the subject of her book, Crossing Over and Coming Home.

Liz has literally written the book on gay near-death experiences. It’s a topic she is uniquely qualified to explore. In the late sixties, a bee sting left her in the emergency room with anaphylactic shock and unable to breathe.  She left her body and found herself in a meadow with “unbelievable colors you don’t see on earth,” where she met her deceased mother. “I knew it was real,” she states. Also in 1996, she was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer. She rejected chemotherapy, and turned to alternative healing and shamanism. The cancer vanished and has not returned.

Raised as a Catholic, Liz quit the church at age 15, the same year as her NDE. She ended up living with nuns and studying nursing. The Sisters of St. Francis concluded she was gay, and gave her a choice: either leave the program, or undergo “conversion therapy” to cure her of being gay. She underwent the therapy, but of course, it didn’t work. Liz went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and has worked in the field since 1970.

In her seminal book, Crossing Over and Coming Home, 21 gays describe their NDE’s. She recently retired, but still works for Vericare, a business that assesses the needs of geriatric patients.See her informative web site “Crossing Over and Coming Home Online!  A Gathering Place for Gay and Non-Gay NDErs alike!