Dr. Penny Sartori is a registered nurse who began researching Near Death Experiences (NDEs) in 1995 after one of her long-term intensive care patients begged her to let him die in peace. The event shook her deeply and eventually led her to enroll in a PhD program to research NDEs. The findings, along with the profound spiritual lessons that she has gleaned from her work, are published here.
During her academic work, Dr. Sartori studied three samples of ICU patients during a five year period. The first consisted of 243 patients from the first year of data collection who survived their ICU experience. Of those, two experienced an NDE, and two an out-of-body experience (OBE). The second cohort consisted of survivors of cardiac arrest during the five year period. Of those, 39 patients (or 18%) experienced an NDE. The third cohort consisted of all the patients who experienced an NDE during the five year period.
Their stories are captured in her new book. One patient in particular, patient number 10, stands out for Dr. Sartori.
When asked about the biggest takeaway from her research, Dr. Sartori says, "In medicine, we're trained to believe that the brain gives rise to consciousness. My research into NDEs has made me question this prevailing paradigm, which admittedly is very widespread. The most important lesson for me has been a deeper appreciation for death and a whole lot less fear and anxiety about it."
In addition to detailing dozens of case studies, the book also discusses childhood NDEs, differences in NDEs among different cultures, and the after-effects of NDEs - one of which is the inability, in some patients, to wear a wrist-watch.
Penny Sartori PhD, RGN is an expert in NDEs and undertook the UK's first long-term prospective study. She is the author of The Near-Death Experiences of Hospitalized Intensive Care Patients: A Five Year Clinical Study and lectures both nationally and internationally.
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"Nurse Penny Sartori was driven by an experience with a traumatized dying patient to study near-death experiences, not to pursue what might happen in an afterlife but rather to improve what happens in this life. Her goal was to learn all she could about the dying process in order to help her patients find meaning in their illness and restore a sense of well-being in their lives. The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences, the fruit of her labors, is an invaluable resource for health care workers, for dying patients and their families, and for all of us who will face death eventually." (Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA)
"With more than twenty years experience of nursing dying people in an intensive therapy unit , plus a Ph.D. in Near-death Experiences, Dr. Sartori is very well qualified to discuss issues of death and dying. She believes that NDEs provide us with a greater understanding of the dying process and that care of terminally ill patients could be enhanced if NDEs would more widely studied. A greater acceptance of the inevitability of death would help the situation of terminally ill people. At present they are increasingly exposed to invasive and burdensome treatments even when prospects for recovery are recognised as minimal. This is an immensely valuable contribution to current debates about patient care." (Paul Badham PhD., Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Trinity, St. David)
I had really high hopes for this when I started listening to it and I should stress I did enjoy listening to it. But I felt there wasn't enough science in it - it's mostly anecdotal evidence and a lot of it is from people who claim to be "psychic".
I'd have liked to hear some hard facts about what the doctor's research found but from what I can gather her experiments didn't really prove anything. The symbols she set up high so anyone in her ward experiencing an NDE could see them were never seen. So you can take that as evidence of the NDE not being as real as its claimed, can't you...?
I expected to be convinced by this book but ultimately it just raised a lot of unanswered questions. If it's a REAL thing, why do cultural expectations play any part?
It IS worth a listen, and the narrator is quite good just don't expect to embrace death after listening to it!
Overall I must say that I'm really glad that I listened to this book. An important subject and any information / perspectives etc are valuable. I can relate to some of what was noted in terms of relatives nearing death.
So overall a positive review. But.
1. As noted by others the narration can be irritating. It is almost as if the narrator is trying too hard. Too many attempts at accents to differentiate different characters relating their stories and also inappropriately (in my view) "sing songy" delivery in parts.
2. The author is clearly convinced of her core thesis and so there did seem to be a tendency to give unblinking credence to most NDE recollections whilst being rather dismissive at times of scientific conjectures that may run contrary to the thesis.
3. The book did become repetitive. The same points were made on numerous occasions.
4. The prose style swung between fairly regular narrative style and "University thesis speak". I'm from a scientific background (although not medical) and I'd have found it more credible to have ditched the "thesis speak".
Definitely worth reading but if another book is contemplated maybe my points above might help?
This is well presented and very interesting. One of the better books on the topic. The Narrator does a great job of the different voices that really helped give each case history its own distinct feel.
Worth your time, if the subject interest you.
I'm a couple of hours into this and there is something that is driving me crazy. This otherwise fantastic book has been spoiled by the narration. The narration is fine when the narrator is speaking normally, but every time she is reading the words of a male person she slips into the character of cockney barrow boy. It is so irritating! I have no problem believing the stories in this book, having had experiences myself that mirror some of them (though I wasn't dying at the time), but I can't believe that every male who contributed to this book, including educated and professional men all spoke with a cockney accent and dropped their 'h's. I don't know how the men whose stories are told here must feel about this, but I'd be mortified if it was my husband's words being spoken as though his typical way of communicating is like: 'Would you Adam and Eve it, one minute I was brown bread the next I was being telepathically spoken to by a guy in a shiny white whistle and flute'.
I would have preferred to hear the author narrate this. She has a lovely Welsh voice, but maybe she was advised not to record it herself. Shame though if that was the case.
"Very interesting; scientific approach"
I would add more first person accounts- either narrated by the actual person or by another voice over.
Add more descriptive details to the actual NDE experiences.
Oh yes! This is a very well researched scientific approach.
The content in this book was exceptionally well researched and presented. From the outset Dr. Satori points out that she is not out to prove afterlife in this book, just that the NDE is a real experience, not a hallucination of a dying, hypoxic brain.
Analysis of countless NDE experiences, and Dr. Satori's reflection on how we deal with death in the west. Her work experience as a ICU/ITU/CCU nurse had provided a perfect vantage point for the observations discussed in the book.
I haven't. I liked the performance; by the end of the book I considered Julie's voice that of Penny Satori's. This kind of merger is to me a sign of a good performance.
Like Dr. Satori suggests, content of this book should be necessary reading for any nurse or doctor in training. Audible should offer a "bonus star", as sometimes the five stars aren't enough.
"Fascinating - scientific foundation, with a heart"
Excellent book! I highly recommend this book for those interested in NDE's. Easy to listen to, great narration, great story.
"the entire world needs to read this book !"
I loved this book and wish the entire world would read it. I also enjoyed the narrator. she made listening to this book, as if tne individual people themselves were telling their own stories.
"Everlasting life and transformation"
Yes..it renews the desire to face transitions as growth and love
the message of the love and light after bodily departure
all of the stories
this book has some incredible insights and data and stories I suggest listening over a period of time.it has a lot of inspired messages
"Dry Treatment of Interesting Material"
Mostly a clinical dissertation on the arcana surrounding documentation of NDEs.
The occasional recounting of such experiences provides rare, compelling illustration of the possibility of life on the other side.
The author's description of her psychic ability is not helpful to the topic.
The narrator's pronounced Australian accent is a distraction to North American listeners.
Wish that every living person could read this book - truly transformational. Reveals truths beyond conventional science, and words of wisdom for living - as well as dying.
This book has a great message and deep meaning. I will definitely listen again. I loved the stories and the scientific data.
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