The world's leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness.
What happens when we die? 10% of people whose hearts stop report near-death experiences (NDEs). Stories of lights, tunnels and loved ones have been relayed — and dismissed — since ancient times. But when Dr Bruce Greyson’s patients started describing events that he could not just dismiss, he began to investigate.
As a physician without a religious belief system, he approached NDEs 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 reconsider these experiences and what they can teach us about the relationship between our brain and our mind, expanding our understanding of consciousness, and of what it means to be human.
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 will quickly prove to be a classic in near-death studies.
Bruce Greyson is the most influential medical doctor-investigator over the last 40 years of this world-changing analysis. His work has done much to organize the scientific investigation of these experiences, to take them from fascinating anecdotes to systematic and objective study that will truly enable the world to benefit from these deep lessons. 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.
What happens when we die? Dr Bruce Greyson takes on this age-old mystery as one of the world's leading and most qualified investigators. After is loaded with fresh, exciting, and enormously valuable new understandings. The most relevant and important research is masterfully presented in a remarkably easy to read format. For everyone interested in life after death, science and spirituality, and life's meaning, this book is a treasure trove of insights and inspiration.
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.
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.