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After

After

A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond

Bruce Greyson

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The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness.

Cases of remarkable experiences on the threshold of death have been reported since ancient times, and are described today by 10% of people whose hearts stop. The medical world has generally ignored these “near-death experiences,” dismissing them as “tricks of the brain” or wishful thinking. But after his patients started describing events that he could not just sweep under the rug, Dr. Bruce Greyson began to investigate.

As a physician without a religious belief system, he approached near-death experiences from a scientific perspective. In After, he shares the transformative lessons he has learned over four decades of research. Our culture has tended to view dying as the end of our consciousness, the end of our existence—a dreaded prospect that for many people evokes fear and anxiety.

But Dr. Greyson shows how scientific revelations about the dying process can support an alternative theory. Dying could be the threshold between one form of consciousness and another, not an ending but a transition. This new perspective on the nature of death can transform the fear of dying that pervades our culture into a healthy view of it as one more milestone in the course of our lives. After challenges us to open our minds to these experiences and to what they can teach us, and in so doing, expand our understanding of consciousness and of wh… More…

The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness.

Cases of remarkable experiences on the threshold of death have been reported since ancient times, and are described today by 10% of people whose hearts stop. The medical world has generally ignored these “near-death experiences,” dismissing them as “tricks of the brain” or wishful thinking. But after his patients started describing events that he could not just sweep under the rug, Dr. Bruce Greyson began to investigate.

As a physician without a religious belief system, he approached near-death experiences from a scientific perspective. In After, he shares the transformative lessons he has learned over four decades of research. Our culture has tended to view dying as the end of our consciousness, the end of our existence—a dreaded prospect that for many people evokes fear and anxiety.

But Dr. Greyson shows how scientific revelations about the dying process can support an alternative theory. Dying could be the threshold between one form of consciousness and another, not an ending but a transition. This new perspective on the nature of death can transform the fear of dying that pervades our culture into a healthy view of it as one more milestone in the course of our lives. After challenges us to open our minds to these experiences and to what they can teach us, and in so doing, expand our understanding of consciousness and of what it means to be human.

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Praise for After

"This very captivating book by Dr. Bruce Greyson chronicles his personal, spiritual and professional quest to understand the meaning of near-death experiences. His long-awaited and amazing book is a major contribution to the study of what happens when we die, and and will quickly prove to be a classic in near-death studies."
Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D., Author of Life After Life

"Bruce Greyson is the most influential medical doctor investigator over the last 40 years of this world-changing analysis. His work has the potential to completely change our fractured and confused world, offering insights that may lead to an explanation of the nature of consciousness. It will also help to nudge the entire scientific community towards realizations that can alter human history—bringing far more peace, harmony, and comfort to uncountable millions of souls both now and in future generations."
Eben Alexander, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Proof of Heaven

"In this very important book, Dr. Bruce Greyson helps elucidate the near-death experience with a scientific sensibility that makes what was exquisitely personal more accessible to a general audience. He bridges the gap between science and spirituality with elegance, and offers those who have not had such a transformative experience a glimpse of the changes possible in their own lives from reading his book. I believe all who read this book will be led to positive and permanent insights that will ha… More…

"This very captivating book by Dr. Bruce Greyson chronicles his personal, spiritual and professional quest to understand the meaning of near-death experiences. His long-awaited and amazing book is a major contribution to the study of what happens when we die, and and will quickly prove to be a classic in near-death studies."
Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D., Author of Life After Life

"Bruce Greyson is the most influential medical doctor investigator over the last 40 years of this world-changing analysis. His work has the potential to completely change our fractured and confused world, offering insights that may lead to an explanation of the nature of consciousness. It will also help to nudge the entire scientific community towards realizations that can alter human history—bringing far more peace, harmony, and comfort to uncountable millions of souls both now and in future generations."
Eben Alexander, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Proof of Heaven

"In this very important book, Dr. Bruce Greyson helps elucidate the near-death experience with a scientific sensibility that makes what was exquisitely personal more accessible to a general audience. He bridges the gap between science and spirituality with elegance, and offers those who have not had such a transformative experience a glimpse of the changes possible in their own lives from reading his book. I believe all who read this book will be led to positive and permanent insights that will have profound and lasting effects in their own lives."
Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey From Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing

"As a practicing surgeon and near-death experiencer, I appreciate Dr. Bruce Greyson’s dual position as a scientist and psychiatrist, and have an even deeper appreciation for Dr. Bruce Greyson’s more than forty years of dispassionate and methodical research into the experience of dying and his commitment to rigorous investigation of this threshold between life and death. This book addresses the nature and meaning of life through Dr. Greyson’s interweaving of personal stories and scientific evidence and in doing so, provides hope to the dying and comfort to those left behind."
Mary Neal, M.D., Former Director of Spinal Surgery, University of Southern California, New York Times bestselling author of To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death

"Bruce Greyson is the towering figure in the research on death, the brain, and consciousness. Now, after four decades of meticulous study, he urges us to consider the deepest mystery of life: Whether we live and die as solely material beings, or experience death as a transition to an unseen reality. With compelling case studies and careful investigation, this book represents the best of scientific exploration. It is guided by a scientist with impeccable credentials and who has the humility and courage to follow the evidence to some surprising – and hopeful -- conclusions. This book will define near-death research. It will change the way we live our lives."
Barbara Bradley Hagerty, M.L.S., Religion Correspondent, National Public Radio, Author of Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

“Bruce Greyson is undoubtedly one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of near-death experiences. His work is engaging, appealing, and thoroughly informative. An absolute must read for anyone who has ever contemplated the question of what happens when we die.”
Sam Parnia, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Critical Care & Resuscitation Research, New York University Langone Medical Center, Author of What Happens When We Die? A Groundbreaking Study into the Nature of Life and Death

“The NDE is an overwhelming and transformative conscious experience, usually resulting in a radical change into a more spiritual worldview. But for most physicians, as well as for the general population, the NDE is still an incomprehensible and unknown phenomenon. This book by Bruce Greyson will change the consciousness of many readers in a very positive way.”
Pim van Lommel, M.D., Author of Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

“Bruce Greyson’s masterful intellect and laser-sharp focus on scientific rigor make his research recorded in this book virtually irreplaceable. After beautifully recounts his personal and professional journey through largely uncharted waters where science meets the spiritual."
Michael B. Sabom, M.D., Author of Recollections of Death: A Medical Investigation

“Bruce Greyson takes us on a fabulous tour of near-death experiences in a completely new and engaging way. This information is absolutely essential for anyone interested in the most important experiences people can have with profound implications for understanding the meaning of life and death. A must read for anyone regardless of their religious, spiritual, or scientific background.”
Andrew Newberg, M.D., Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Author of The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience

“One of, if not the, most powerful experiences a person can have is a near-death experience, usually drastically realigning a person’s life. So what can we make of it? Doctor Greyson is one of the very few people who is both a scientific and medical expert on NDEs and the nature of the mind, and a practicing healer, a psychiatrist who knows how to help people understand and learn from unusual experiences rather than dismissing them by thinking of it as “crazy.” His new book is one I will refer to anyone who has an NDE to, as well as those scientifically and spiritually interested in the mind.”
Charles Tart, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Davis, Author of States of Consciousness

"Forget boring science. This is a medical detective story that will grab your heart. There’s fear here, and mystery, unbelievable stories of unbelievable events that transform even the fainthearted. We all owe Dr. Greyson thunderous applause for his quiet determination to solve this greatest of all puzzles – why some people return from death telling us about worlds beyond worlds and the true power of love.”
P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., Author of Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story

“How can you live NOW without knowing what comes AFTER? The mindboggling, incredible, and clinically scientific work of Dr. Bruce Greyson leads the world in near-death research. Before you die, before you care for someone dying, you need to read this book--and you'll never regret it! As we care for our elders or wonder about our own deaths, this is a book whose time has come. You'll never forget it.”
Carl Becker, Ph.D., D.Psych., Professor of Medical Ethics and Policy Science, Kyoto University, Japan, Author of Breaking the Circle: Death and the Afterlife in Buddhism

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Bruce Greyson

Dr. Bruce Greyson is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He served on the medical school faculty at the Universities of Michigan, Connecticut, and Virginia. He was a co-founder and president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has received national awards for his medical research.

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