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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing Limited (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780285655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780285658
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
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The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences... 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... 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



An exceptional book. --Daily Mail

About the Author

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. She currently teaches two courses she has written entitled 'Death and Dying as Spiritual Transformation' and 'Science, Spirituality and Health' at Swansea University.


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First of all I am impressed by Dr. Sartori's credentials, not only does she hold a doctorate in near death experiences (NDEs) but she also has a long nursing career in intensive care spanning over 20 years. This must provide valuable first-hand experience and knowledge of nursing dying patients. I would say she is probably one of the most qualified people to speak on the subject of NDEs as her book also summarises her hospital study which was the biggest study of its kind in the UK. Not only is she an academic with immense knowledge of NDEs but she has also completed 8 years of NDE hospital research.

Despite her academic background, I actually found that the book is written in a very easy and addictive style. It thoroughly describes NDEs and provides an informative read which also includes previous research into NDEs.

I found the examples she wrote about to be amazing and although I have an interest in NDEs, there were many things that I'd never been aware of before.

The conclusions really made me think about the way I live my life.

One thing I particularly did like is the fact that Dr Sartori is not trying to enforce her opinion onto the readers. Instead she provides them with the facts and encourages readers like myself to make up their own mind.

I started reading her extracts in the paper and downloaded the ebook, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it finding it extremely fascinating and thought provoking.
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I gave this book five stars, because it's the first in depth study of its kind, well written and researched in a most exemplary manner - although to say 'I love it' is not quite the emotion with which it can be read! 'Mind awakening' could be a better description. I have now made it a present to two Doctors (one a Hospice founder), and await their comments with interest ...

I would like to thank the author, personally, for her conviction and courage in undertaking the research. Bless you, Dr Sartori !
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Janice Holden, EdD, LPC-S, LMFT, NCC, Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education and Professor, Counseling Program, College of Education, University of North Texas was right when she wrote - "Dr Sartori has masterfully crafted a comprehensive summary of research on near-death and related experiences that is both accessible to the interested public and informative for many healthcare professionals. This work has the power to remind people of their purpose in living and to provoke a revolution in the more humane treatment of the dying."
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Dr Sartori asks us to read her book with an open mind. To put aside polarising issues concerning whether or not recalled near-death experiences indicate there is afterlife, or, whether they are merely the result of a brain malfunction.

Instead she argues that these experiences often have very real relevance to the experient, and so should be acknowledged and witnessed as important by those in the medical community who have contact with the experient, rather then being ignored, or worse sometimes trivialized.

Dr Sartori re-presents the results of her 5 year clinical study into the NDE's of hospitalized intensive care patients in a more condensed format. Somewhat dry in presentation, it is interspersed with examples of new recalled experiences that attempt to lighten the writing style. Indeed, her book sometimes reads more like an academic text book, and perhaps in the end of the day, her book probably 'is' targeted at the medical professional.

She challenges the medical community (indeed our whole western society) to consider how they deal with the patients (and relations) of those within their care who are dying - particularly the elderly - so that they are not robbed of the right to have their own NDE, and that they die as dignified, peaceful, and comfortable a death as possible - surrounded by family and friends where practical.

Dr Sartori suggests that we 'rethink' how we deal with death and the process of dying, both personally, and in society. That exposing death and the dying process as an important part of living, might allow us to live our lives more fully.
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This is an important book written by Penny Sartori, who, as well as presenting the book as a serious piece of research, also shows her caring, compassionate side. I hope this book provides the basis of comfort for many people in distress. Thoroughly recommended.
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If you have never read a book on NDEs before, you will probably find this book quite interesting. For those of you who have read other books on the subject, this book contains nothing new and you will find more of the same. The quality of writing is reasonably good, but the planning of the book is a little odd and that makes it a bit disjointed to read. Overall, not a bad book - but nothing outstanding either.
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Great read with some incredible stories and experiences ,well written. It really opened my eyes to the possibility of the afterlife. Roll on death!!
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Very good reading for those who like to study NDE, well written, and interesting case studies from actual people from all walks of life, medical or others. Would recommend this book to anyone who has always had an interest in this subject fascinating to read, a good purchase.
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