Student Research Paper
Date of Creation
First Year Seminar
In his 1975 book, Life After Life, Dr. Raymond A. Moody coined the term “near-death experience (NDE)” as an umbrella term to describe the personal experiences and sensations that occur during an altered state of consciousness on the threshold of death. While controversy arises over the highly subjective nature of near-death experiences and the empirical research surrounding them, NDEs are usually marked by similar sensations and certainly have one thing in common: they often have profound, positive impacts on affected individuals that change their outlooks moving forward. Birk Engmann comments on the impact of NDEs in Near-Death Experiences: Heavenly Insight or Human Illusion?, and claims that “any threat to one’s own existence in the imminent future can lead one to rethink one’s life,” a true statement that captures the power of NDEs in changing individuals lives (Engmann 6). This paper will explore the fascinating ways in which NDEs not only change but benefit individuals’ lives.
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Reitz, Abigail D., "Profound Impacts and Benefits of Near-Death Experiences" (2018). Student Publications. 678.