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Opening Heaven's Door: What the Dying Tell Us About Where They're Going [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Pearson
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What happens when we die? We, the living, don't know, of course, but people have been guessing since humans first began to think. Spirituality and religion provided the answers in the past, but in the age of science we're thrown back into the dark. If science cannot 'prove' there is life - or something - after death, then it doesn't exist. And yet ordinary people continue to experience unexplained phenomena when a friend or family member dies. These are normal people, even sceptics like Patricia Pearson. Prompted by her family's surprising experiences around the deaths of her father and her sister, Pearson set out on an open-minded journey of inquiry as a journalist. She discovered that far more people were having uncanny and transcendent experiences than generally let on: roughly half the bereaved population, plus all those who observe the dying (nurses, hospice workers, soldiers, etc.). With many years of examination into current grief research under her belt, she concludes that we cannot simply deprive people the legitimacy of these experiences until there is more solid evidence that 'we inhabit a purely material and mechanistic universe'. Pearson points to new scientific explanations around how dying is experienced and how science is moving closer, giving these luminous moments credence and understanding. As she says, 'The dying may finally be able to convey to us what they are feeling, and where they glimpse themselves to be going.'
Opening Heaven's Door recounts deeply affecting stories of messages from the dying and the dead in a fascinating work of investigative journalism, pointing to new scientific explanations that give these luminous moments the importance felt by those who experience them. This riveting and intelligent work will be welcomed by the thousands of readers of Proof of Heaven and Heaven Is for Real.

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'Opening Heaven's Door, will make you re-think everything you thought about death' Daily Mail

'A groundbreaking, beautifully written exploration that will forever alter your perceptions of the nature of life and death' --Kindred Spirit

About the Author

Patricia Pearson is a journalist, novelist and humourist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Business Week. A longtime member of USA Today's Op-Ed Board of Contributors, she directed the research for the 2009 History Channel documentary, 'The Science of the Soul'. Her recent TED talk was titled 'Why Ghosts are Good for You', pointing to the research that shows how important experiences with unexplained phenomena can be in helping people cope with their grief. She is based in Toronto.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IGW34NY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically well-written and researched 25 May 2014
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I wolfed this one down. It's so well-written, so thought-provoking and, at times, heart-rending. The anecdotal evidence is startling and mesmerising. Personal thoughts are explored. Scientific concepts probed. A very human book about numinous experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Patricia Pearson is a journalist who has undertaken extensive research following extraordinary experiences that happened around the time of her sister and father's deaths. She wanted to know more. She wanted to understand. In this thought provoking book, Pearson researches explanations given by science and logic, and carefully considers what she discovers alongside people's accounts of their own or witnessed personal experiences.

It is a remarkable book that is sure to appeal to skeptic and believer alike. It gives the reader much to think about and really challenges the dismissive view of hallucinations and dying brain activity, and the like. Chapter 5 is particularly inspiring. It leaves you with no doubt that there is something more, something that science has yet to understand and has no words for. Science, as we know it, just cannot adequately account for what is happening to people.

I have read a number of books (eg 'Proof of Heaven' by Eben Alexander, another fabulous book - he is a neurosurgeon who had an NDE) which give detailed personal accounts of spiritual experiences. This book is different. It pulls together people's experiences in the context of a fully researched dialogue. It reads like a proper study, weighing this against that. It can be a little 'academic' in places but overall is a compelling read. It makes some really profound statements that, based in research, you just can't argue with!

This book is the perfect anecdote to those who question and argue against God and a spiritual dimension to life. It challenges thinking but without demanding belief. It doesn't force any one religious ideal on you but rather embraces the core truths at the heart of man's spiritual expression. It doesn't demand faith.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew McCann TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Personally I found this book most interesting and consequently found it hard to put down once started.

It delves into a difficult, but interesting subject, on the basis of the author's personal experiences and those shared by others, who have participated in, or been witness to, near death experiences or interactions with departing or departed loved ones.

The research is a valuable component, as it endeavours to relate the extent of known fact (which has its limitations) to common factors arising out of the personal accounts.

Consequently I would heartily recommend this book to those with a fascination for this intriguing subject matter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well-written and very readable 7 Jun. 2014
By Obiwan
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Basically I think it's a great book. I don't think it will convince someone with a fixed idea that survival isn't possible, but then again I don't think it's really aimed in that direction. For everyone else I'd recommend it because a) there's a lot of interesting material in it and b) it is written (as someone else commented) in a very digestible way. It's a great book to have on the shelf and I think it could be equally easily read by someone recently bereaved or by those with a more academic interest in the subject of survival.

It isn't a textbook or a scientific treatise but it was for me a genuine pleasure to read. It is one I think I will read again from time to time and the references are useful for follow-up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener 9 Jun. 2014
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On the whole I enjoyed the book and i certainly gave another insight as to what might happen just before death. I found it a little long winded in places but it is still an interesting read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting 10 Jun. 2014
By Bob
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I found this book very interesting and enlightening about what happens after we die. The biggest and most important thing I learned was not to fear death and know that it is not the end. It was fascinating to read about the comments and books written by the medical profession about their experiences when being with a patient who was dying. The investigations that were carried out into the body's state pre-death was also very good. The book was a balanced view from the authors experiences with her family and the information that is available from the experience of doctors and nurses. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the subject
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best! 23 Jun. 2014
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Love this book! Should be made compulsory reading in schools. Well researched, well written and sincerity springs from every page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly written book on an elusive subject 27 Jun. 2014
By Jim
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Very well written by someone who has taken the trouble to actually do original interviews and who has obviously not just 'jumped on a bandwagon'. Near Death Experiences are intriguing and important and it is heartening to read that professional medical staff accept this importance and are adding to the field of knowledge though their own observations despite the increasingly frantic outpourings of some career skeptics.

Very glad I bought this.
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