IANDS 2010 Conference – September 2-4, is over!

The IANDS annual conference is always an event of great importance to the NDE community, and to newcomers as well. The 2010 in Denver conference did not disappoint because we had the best lineup ever.

Dr. Pim Van Lommel discussed “Non-local consciousness: A new concept on the continuity of our consciousness based on recent scientific research on near-death experiences in survivors of cardiac arrest“.  Dr. Van Lommel’s book, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience,  was published in English by Harper Collins in June 2010. His large Dutch study proved that a significant percentage of cardiac arrest survivors in a hospital setting undergo the typical near-death experience.
Maggie Callanan, RN, CRNH is a world-renowned  speaker on topics related to the care of the dying as well as coping strategies for hospice nurses and families trying to cope with the impending loss of a loved one. Her book Final Gifts: Messages of Hope, and Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life, are just as important and valid today as when they were written. The confusing and seemingly nonsensical words and actions of people nearing death are translated into meaningful and helpful ones.
Dr. Jeffrey Long, MD presented his contribution entitled “NDEs and the Afterlife”. His book,  Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world. In addition to sharing the personal narrative of their experiences, visitors to the website are asked to fill out a one hundred–item questionnaire designed to isolate specific elements of the experience and to flag counterfeit accounts.  The website has become the largest NDE research database in the world, containing over 1,600 NDE accounts. The people whose stories are captured in the database span all age groups, races, and religious affiliations and come from all over the world, yet the similarities in their stories are as awe-inspiring as they are revealing. Using this treasure trove of data, Dr. Long explained how medical evidence fails to explain these reports and why there is only one plausible explanation—that people have survived death and traveled to another dimension.