a six-year old child, in 1950, I had a near-death
experience (NDE) during an episode of meningitis.
It was very influential in how I saw life and
the choices that I have made throughout my life.
I never spoke of it until I was 42 years old
(1989) because I did not want to seem strange
and it felt private. When I read Ken Ring's
book, Heading Toward Omega and learned
about all of the changes in values that people
experience as a result of their NDEs, I realized
that I needed to talk about my own experience
in order to help the general public understand
how really common NDEs are. I realized that
people might listen to me because I was a family
practice and hospice doctor--and a near-death
Since that decision in 1989, I have given some
100 talks about NDEs to a variety of organizations
including cancer centers, universities, consciousness
workshops, hospitals, the National Hospice Organization,
and numerous talks at the International Association
of Near Death Studies (IANDS) annual workshops.
Please see scheduled
events for upcoming lectures. I've also
written a book about hospice and NDEs, Love
is the Link: A Hospice Doctor shares her
Experience of Near Death and Dying. I have
also served on the board of IANDS.