Dominion Post: Researchers dying to discuss the afterlife

Michael Forbes writes in the Dominion Post about Massey University researchers who aim to study near death experiences.

The study would be the first large-scale study into near death experiences in New Zealand, and the researchers are currently looking for people to relate their stories.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“They estimate up to a quarter of those who have come close to dying may recall a form of near-death experience. “It’s a known phenomenon, but we don’t know how it occurs and exactly how prevalent it is,” Dr Tassell said.

“Dr Murray, a sociologist and senior lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning, said gaps remained in the available research.

“The researchers were interested in finding out about Kiwis’ experiences, to see if they were similar to those overseas. They also wanted to know what variations existed and whether there were cultural dimensions.”