A couple of years back I posted a fantastic TEDx talk on ‘end-of-life experiences’ – the strange phenomena that the dying experience in the weeks and months before their passing. I devoted an entire chapter of my book Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife to this much-neglected but fascinating topic, and continue to research the phenomena for the next update to Stop Worrying….
Another more recent, but equally good talk, is by Dr. Christopher W. Kerr, Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. Dr. Kerr’s research interests have evolved…
…towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated.
You can learn more about the details of Dr. Kerr’s research by reading any one of the recent journal papers he has been involved with, and also in this New York Times article from last month. But the TEDx talk below offers an excellent – and personal – primer, giving an insight into both the research, and the human aspect of listening to the dying about what they experience: