Near-Death Experiences: What Everyone Needs to Know
August 7, 2014
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Join us for a captivating conversation about near-death experiences and their implications in health care.
Diane Corcoran, RN, Ph.D. was an Army nurse stationed in Vietnam when she had her first encounter with a near-death experience (NDE): A young soldier in recovery at the 24th Evacuation Hospital, a neurosurgery center for spine and head injuries, described his experience of being lifted out of his body, knowing which of those strewn around him would live and which would die, going to a “beautiful” and “wonderful” place, and then waking up in his body after being told that he was to go back. She could see that what he had gone through was life changing. Over time, as she heard other soldiers recount their near-death experiences, she saw many similarities in their accounts. She has made it her mission to learn more about those who report near-death experiences, especially war veterans.
In this talk, she’ll outline the characteristics of NDEs, describe the aftereffects, and explain how NDEs are different in military populations; and she will invite audience members to share their own NDE experiences.
As a special treat, Dr. Corcoran plans to bring, and introduce, two guests: Pat and Paul Fenske. Pat is a former director of Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship International, the parent organization under which our Raleigh SFF was originally a chapter.
Dr. Corcoran is a retired Army Colonel and nurse who served from the Vietnam War through Desert Storm; she holds a doctorate in management. She has lectured for over 40 years on the importance of health care professionals understanding the near-death experience, and she has published several articles on the subject. She’s a past and current President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in Durham; it aims to educate people about the phenomenon and support those who have gone through it. She continues to counsel people who have had NDEs and assists with resources and professional workshops.
You can learn more about Diane’s experiences in a 2011 Guideposts article, “Near-Death Experiences: Proof of Life After Death,” in which she is quoted as saying, “I see myself as an end-of-life midwife. I tell people, ‘You won’t have pain, it will be wonderful.’