What's an NDE?

The Truth About Near-Death Experiences

NDEs are Real Experiences

A Near-Death Experience (NDE) is a profound psychological event that may occur to a person close to death or, if not near death, in a situation of physical or emotional crisis. Because it includes transcendental and mystical elements, an NDE is a powerful event of consciousness; it is not mental illness.

How do people react when they have an NDE?

A person who has had a Near-Death Experience (an NDEr) often has mixed feelings. A person may express anger, grief or relief. Some will remember their NDE immediately, while others may have aftereffects but not recall the experience. Some reactions are:

  • Fear that the NDE signifies a mental disorder
  • Disorientation because reality has shifted
  • Euphoria, feeling special or “chosen”
  • Withdrawal to ponder the experience


The Person Next to me was dying. We thought she was hallucinating, but what she described sounded like an NDE. Could this be true?

In "Nearing Death Awareness", dying people may become aware of, for example, the presence of deceased loved ones who are there to reassure them.

How can knowing about NDEs help me?

If you had an NDE, you are not alone and have NOT lost your mind.

When NDErs own their experience and have somebody who really knows about it, understands, and gives them the information they need, then those men and women combat veterans can begin to heal.