April 28

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM: Liz Dale, Ph.D.




Liz Dale is the first NDE researcher to study the NDEs of gay and lesbian experiencers. Liz is 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 conference 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 first book, Crossing Over and Coming Home.

Liz Dale 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 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. 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: leave the program, or undergo “conversion therapy” to cure her of being gay. She underwent the therapy, but it didn’t work. Liz went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and has worked in the field since 1970.


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In 1996, she was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer. Rejecting chemotherapy, she turned to alternative healing and shamanism. The cancer vanished and has not returned. That same year, she had an unfortunate experience at an IANDS conference in which one presenter disparaged gays. This resulted in her quest to research gay NDE’s, and her book, in which 21 gays describe their NDE’s. She recently retired, but still works for Vericare, a business that assesses the needs of geriatric patients.

Come welcome Liz – and bring your questions. For more information about Liz and her upcoming appearance at South Bay IANDS, visit www.sbiands.org.


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