Exploring Near Death Experiences with Children Post Intensive Care: A case series

Thomas, Donna orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8232-5778 and O'Connor, Graeme (2024) Exploring Near Death Experiences with Children Post Intensive Care: A case series. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing . ISSN 1550-8307

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2023.11.003


Near death experiences (NDEs) can occur during life-threatening events. In this article, we present preliminary findings from a case study series. We highlight experiences from participants that are synchronous with the basic elements of near death experiences (NDEs) and discuss how children describe their own experiences. Children reported unsolicited NDE type experiences that included out of body experiences, bright lights, bedside visions, bi-location and visiting celestial places. The aim of the article is to show that children are an important research population for the study of near-death experiences. Children's near-death experiences are simple and carry transcendental features such as a peaceful darkness, a knowing awareness and time alterations. Children assign a subjective reality to their near-death experiences. Younger children may demonstrate a visual NDE semiosis which warrants further investigation. The aim of the article is to demonstrate the value for involving children in NDE research through participatory and creative research methods.

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