(Continued from Part 1 - Near-death awareness - understanding and caring for a terminally-ill loved one
I am constantly asked the questions: How do I handle my loved one who is near-death? What do I say for support? Or, do I not say anything at all? And, the critical question of “How do I help them move on?”I can only relate to my own experience during my own father’s NDA (Nearing Death Experience) and being allowed to see his spectacular rising in a brilliance of gold and angels. Or, I share my own near-death experiences at nine years old and at 17, who are as if they happened yesterday. The feelings, the sights, what happened after, how it completely changed my life, and the stories near-death experiencers have shared with me over the years.
But now, through a collaborative effort with Pamela M. Kircher, M.D., Maggie Callanan, R.N., The Center for Human Nutrition Research of Nantes (Nantes CRNH,) and the IANDS Board of Directors, these questions are answered! Compiled by these honored experts, authors, researchers and experts in the study of all things NDE and NDA’s (Nearing Death Awareness) for the terminally ill, give us answers to the questions that must be asked during this often confusing and sensitive time. Amazon.com carries Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley (Feb 14, 2012)
The information presented here, could be called “The Ultimate Guide in NDAs ( nearing death awareness) for the terminally ill and for those caring for a loved one who is terminally ill” - but the real title of the book is Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Co by Callanan, Maggie and Kelley, Patricia (Feb 14, 2012)
As a member of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies,) I am delighted to distribute this “guide list” published in IANDS with Pamela M. Kircher, M.D., Maggie Callanan, RN, The Center for Human Nutrition Research of Nantes (Nantes CRNH,), and the IANDS Board of Directors. It is a concise guide to what you or your loved one is experiencing and what you can do as a caretaker or a family member to help them.
The compilation begins:
“People who are terminally ill may have a near-death experience (NDE) just before the final phase of their illness, but the remarkable experiences that are more common as death approaches are called Nearing Death Awareness (Callanan & Kelley, 1992), or NDAs.
Nearing death awareness is part of the dying process.
“The dying person may seem to look into the distance and talk with people who are not physically present, or may make friends and family members uncomfortable by talking about their plans for going on a trip. What they see and experience is often expressed by what appears to observers to be confused ramblings, incoherent statements, unusual behavior, or references with no personal context. ”
Continued in Part 3 - Near-death awareness – understanding and caring for a terminally-ill loved one
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As an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) focuses most of its resources into providing the highest quality information available about NDE-related subjects. It is the only such membership group in the world.
IANDS is the informational and networking center in the field of near-death studies, the first organization in the world devoted to exploring near-death and similar experiences. Members are researchers, laypeople, academics, and caregivers; experiencers and non-experiencers; professionals and the general public; from every continent but the Antarctic.
Like IANDS itself, the Association's publications and programs are unique. The quarterly newsletter, Vital Signs, and the scholarly, peer-reviewed Journal of Near-Death Studies provide information and intelligent discussion generally not available anywhere else.
Around the US and Canada, 50 or so support groups meet regularly, with more in Europe, Australia, and Asia. For its periodic conferences in North America, IANDS pulls in top speakers, experiencers, researchers, and interested people for education, sharing, networking, and friendship.
The Center for Human Nutrition Research of Nantes (Nantes CRNH) was established in 1995 under the Ministry of Research at the initiative of INRA, INSERM, Nantes University hospital, and Nantes.