Episode 30

What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond

With Bruce Greyson
Episode 30

What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond

With Bruce Greyson

One of World’s Leading Medical Experts of Near-Death Experiences. Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia. Neurobehavioral Scientist.

Dr. Bruce Greyson is one of the world's leading medical experts of Near-Death Experiences and Professor Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Greyson's interest in NDEs spiked shortly after graduating from medical school, when he treated an unconscious patient in the emergency room who stunned him the next morning with an account of leaving her body. That event challenged his beliefs about the mind and the brain. It ultimately led him on a journey to study NDEs scientifically, leading to more than a hundred publications in medical journals.


Dr. Greyson has co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies to support and promote research into these experiences and edited the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to this body of research, for 27 years. He has been on the medical faculty at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut and addressed symposia on consciousness at the United Nations and the Dalai Lama's compound in Dharamshala, India. He was elected a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

  • Terrific session. One of my favorite in the Intersections series! Would love to hear from more experts in this area, melding the physical with the metaphysical. Thank you both! Rob Mrozinski
  • The positive impact of these reviews is very compelling. A reminder that the meaning of life is to figure out your gifts, but the purpose of life is sharing them. Doug Hedlund
  • When the opportunity of being born as a human is taken away then one realizes more what a gift one had and did not perhaps used it rightly. Anuradha Khanna

His research over nearly half a century has reported remarkable consistencies across NDE accounts and accuracy of events that unfolded while these individuals were unconscious, leading to the publication of his latest book, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond.  


In this episode of Intersections, Bruce joins us to expound on what Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) reveal about the nature of life, death, and the continuity of consciousness — and about who we are, at our core? Furthermore, we explore how these experiences have transformed people's lives and shaped their attitudes, beliefs, values, and personalities.

“Those who have near-death experiences show a greater zest for life, have a more intense appreciation for nature and friendship, and live more fully in the moment without concern for the impression they might make.”

The episode "What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond" offers key insights on:

  • Fundamental questions about life, death, and consciousness and universal themes captured from NDEs that cut across cultures and beliefs
  • What it is to be human, and what lies beyond our immediate, everyday understanding of our true self
  • How to live with more meaning and fulfillment, develop more compassion for our fellow beings, and make the best of our remaining time on our planet

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