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Causes: Counseling, Health, Health (General & Financing), Mental Health, Religion, Technology

Mission: IANDS Vision Statement: We envision a future where people from all walks of life, religions and cultures will look at near-death and related experiences as a source of meaning and inspiration for a better world. Mission: Through research, education and support, IANDS is dedicated to creating a greater awareness and understanding of near-death and related experiences.

Results: In 2016 we will host our 22nd annual conference in Orlando FL. Every conference provides the opportunity to Explore the Extraordinary in the field of near death experience research. Our featured speakers include many best selling authors with their personal experiences, yet we also include the results of academic research on the elements of these events and the after effects. We have provided many workshops for the inspirational and experiential exposure to the reality of these special experiences. We have over 47 support groups spanning across the United States and in 10 International locations. Our current goals include an expansion of training of the medical professionals supporting our veterans who have had an NDE.

Target demographics: • Inclusivity: We welcome multidisciplinary viewpoints in the search for greater understanding of these experiences. • Community: We connect and support people who are interested personally or professionally in such experiences. • Responsibility: We honor, promote, and publish discussion of balanced, research-based and thoughtful views about near-death and other related experiences.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20 veterans who had difficulty relating their experiences to assigned medical professionals, 15 other individuals who had not shared theri experience in the past, translating one book on Veridical Perceptions, translating 2 brochures into Spanish.

Geographic areas served: Durham NC where the main office shares a building with the Rhine Institute. We are in the Duke University community where we collaborate our purpose of facilitating research into the field of near death experiences (NDEs). Yet our locations truley are global as we have support groups in over 10 countries and many locations in the United States.

Programs: Support groups- where individuals meet and share with other experiencers to help integrate the changes which usually follow the NDE. Academic research at the doctoral level. Annual conference with over 350 in attendance.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Yvonne K.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IANDS is providing a much needed service to the world community. It supports and provides educational and sharing opportunities for persons who have had their lives touched by Near-Death Experiences and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences. Many people have told me how their lives were changed in a positive direction by attending an IANDS meeting and finally meeting others who understood the reality of powerful spiritual experiences. IANDS provides a great public service.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization to learn about Near Death Experiences and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences. I like the multi faith perspective. Great to hear NDE and STE Experiences share their stories, as well as international researchers sharing their research and clinical experience. Annual conferences are great!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The IANDS is a unique and valuable source of knowledge about near death studies in the world. The information they provide, the events they organize are essential to anyone who's interested in the phenomena of NDEs. Their Journal of Near Death Studies is also the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal in this field. IANDS provides a precious support on the intellectual, psychological and spiritual levels to anyone who is interested in the topic of near death studies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IANDS is my essential and reliable source of information about the phenomenon of Near Death Experiences. NDE stories have become my main source of spiritual and personal evolution. The work this association does is simply amazing, fundamental, and of very high value. I can't imagine what a relief it might be for people who went through an NDE to be able to share their stories and feelings, in such a safe and supportive environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to a few of the annual conferences that IANDS holds each year and have spoken with several of the experiencers that attend this informative and interesting event. Each and every one of them have had an extraordinary experience and it is fascinating to hear them all. It is apparent that this organization is providing a great service by putting this phenomenon front and center and providing research that validates their experiences. Although I have not had an NDE, I will continue to support this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IANDS is so helpful when wanting to discuss spiritual experiences including after death communications. At IANDS I finally feel understood.

Carol L.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Provides excellent resources for those having had a nde

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organisation has filled me with hope and inspiration on an existential level.
Their serious studies probe the very meaning of life itself, with objectivity, experience, and without any dogma.

Client Served

Rating: 5

IANDS creates an invaluable supportive community for those with near death or related experiences

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working as a volunteer for IANDS this fall and the people are fabulous! There was so much love and caring shared at this event that it was palpable! While sharing healing with some of the members and conference attendees, I met some of the most loving and engaging people. They all had special messages to share with me. I met one of the speakers and had the opportunity to chat with her and she was outstanding and very accessible and kind. All in all, my experience at the 2019 IANDS conference far exceeded any expectations!

2 Roberta M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of IANDS for over 20 years, and it is a great organization! I believe in IANDS mission so much that I accepted a position on the Board of Directors this year. IANDS provides support to people who have had a Near-Death Experience (NDE) and/or other Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STE). Also, it encourages research into these areas. I was personally helped by IANDS after my unexpected mystical experience. IANDS has also supported me in producing two videos, "Near-Death Experience, What Medical Professionals Need to Know" and "Understanding Veterans' NDEs". IANDS is a first-class non-profit that provides services to an often overlooked and misunderstood population.

1 Susannah S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

amazing loving people with powerful experiences!!!!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Association of Near-Death Studies is a fabulous organization comprised of researchers, physicians, neuroscientists, educators, medical practitioners, the general public and people that have had a Near-Death Experience or a Spiritually Transformative Experience. There is a tremendous amount of support for anyone interested in the concept that we live eternally. The annual conferences are magnificent, filled with enlightening presentations, workshops, speakers, healers, and social events. Local state-wide chapters are dynamic, personalized, and supportive. A huge amount of resources and research is available for people who have had a near-death or spiritually transformative experience. IANDS is awesome!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the most significant and credible organization for publishing research, providing education and organizing support for individuals having these experiences and for those attracted to learning more about this subject matter. As it has been demonstrated that people hearing these experiences are significantly transformed in a manner like those having these experiences to become less fearful of death, more altruistically inclined and less dogmatically fixated on a belief system, it becomes a force for good in improving relationships for everyone so affected.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IANDS was instrumental in my coming to terms with my shared near-death experience. The knowledge, support and connections I made helped me make sense of the "new" world as I found it. I love IANDS.

1 Katie B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IANDS is a highly valuable organization which has assembled the stories of so many NDEs and STEs (near-death experiences and spiritually transformative experiences) creating a community for experiencers and researchers alike.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IANDS is doing a fantastic job of sharing the NDE accounts that can change this world for the better. Now that social media is available, IANDS is sharing stories daily on facebook. These stories and the experiences they describe are amazing testimonies to life after death and another unseen world, so much greater and more powerful that our life here on Earth. This is an outstanding non-profit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization saved my life. I finally found a "home" with a group of people who understand me, sometimes better than I understand myself. Those of us who have gone to the Light and returned can be very confused when we come back and nobody believes us. IANDS believes us and supports us and helps us find each other.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

“Death” is the *ONLY* certainty. How wonderful to read the hundreds of stories from people who tell us it’s a beautiful experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IANDS provides an essential community benefit by facilitating discussion of this incredible phenomenon nationally, internationally, and locally. Through its international presence, IANDS has become the number one authority and resource for information on the topics of NDEs and other spiritually transformative experiences. Through national and international conferences and information available on the website, IANDS helps to support experiences, authors, as well as the general public. Likewise, through it’s support of local Meetup groups, IANDS helps facilitate discussions which are both cathartic for experiencers but also serve to spread awareness to the public. I became a local organizer for IANDS in 2015 and have been happy to volunteer my time and energies to this wonderful organization. IANDS provides an outstanding service to our community members who frequently convey to me how much this organization has had a positive impact on their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After participating in several meetings I decided to join IANDS as a volunteer and was asked to head up the coordination of a local chapter. My experience with IANDS is that it is an overwhelmingly positive and fraternal organization with a core interest in the benefit of humanity at large. While the NDE is the focal point, what really comes through is the deeper profound meaning of these experiences and the messages of love and universality. I have witnessed the profound impacts that IANDS has on our community of members. And this extends far beyond the experiencers themselves. Many of our members have never had an NDE and yet have received tremendous healing and growth as a consequence of their participation in our community. IANDS has an open-minded and non-dogmatic approach that allows people to truly explore deep and personal meaning without having to subscribe to a particular paradigm or spiritual / religious tradition etc.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter had a NDE in April 2017. IANDS has been a fantastic source for support, information, and referrals to other IANDS members who can give guidance. I can’t thank them enough!

1 Cynthia P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IANDS has performed a great service to grieving parents like me by putting on high quality speaking and panel events locally with people who have experienced NDE's or STE's and scientists who study the phenomena. These events provide signifigant support at a time when most of one's community disappears.

The Journal of Near-Death Studies is a terrific resource that publishes the research on NDE's. To have encouragement for and access to peer-reviewed studies is invaluable. The website and the social media are also fantastic resources to spread that information and support.

All of this illustrates how much the programs presented and research published by IANDS benefits the experiencers, the bereaved and the general public.

1 Joan F.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iands has provided an invaluable service for humanity over the years. They continue to offer educational outreach as well as nurture a forum and community where people can come together to witness and share their experience in a loving and supportive environment.

1 NDEWebmaster

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been visiting the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) website ever since they first began on the Internet. They provide the highest quality information available on everything concerning NDE-related topics. Along with an informative website, IANDS publishes the Journal of Near-Death Studies - the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted solely to NDE studies - with articles that are very enlightening as well as informative. IANDS also publishes Vital Signs, a newsletter for members, and sponsors annual conferences and other NDE-related programs. I have a website devoted to NDEs as well (www.near-death.com) and I support IANDS' mission is to promote multi-disciplinary research of NDE and NDE-like experiences including their effects on the lives of those who have them. I especially like how IANDS promotes the exploration and implications of the NDE phenomenon as it relates to life, death and the possibility of life after death. This is much needed information for a world that seems too often to have lost touch with its spiritual nature. I especially enjoy IANDS online Index to the Periodical NDE Literature which is absolutely free with a Supporting or higher IANDS membership. This NDE Index is the world’s most powerful NDE search tool and must have for anyone interested in NDE research. I cannot recommend this research tool enough to people. This valuable tool provides bibliographical information on where to find almost every scholarly article concerning NDEs published in English between 1877 and 2011. Many of the articles are available for free or for purchase on the IANDS website. IANDS provides a much needed service to the world - valuable information concerning the most important topics in life - and most of it is free. Visiting the IANDS website, you can find answers to such questions as: Who are we as human beings? What does life, death, and life after death mean? Where do we go when we die? Why do so many scientists not accept the existence of an afterlife? How can I know whether or not NDEs are evidence of an afterlife? Where can I get help after having an NDE? Where can I get help after the death of a loved one? Where can I get more information about NDE?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IANDS is the premier organization for near-death experience (NDE) research and studies with a membership program offering a multitude of valuable resources including their prestigious Journal of Near-Death Studies, their Vital Signs newsletter, and their Index to the NDE Literature through to 2011. They offer open access to freely download their editions of the Journal of the Near-Death Studies from 1981 to 2009. Membership offers many more outstanding resources. Their newly redesigned website provides free access to many scholarly articles and downloadable documents and links to many valuable resources. You will not find a more authorative and scholarly website on the subject of NDEs and related phenomena.

1 Maria D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing Stories of Life Changing Experiences !
Informative, sensible and helpful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best ways one can learn about life's purpose and value, is by having a near-death experience. Since the vast majority of us never gets to have such an experience first-hand, we can only rely on the accounts of those who did. IANDS, through its research and documentation, plays an important role here as a bridge between those with the experience and those without.

1 Gabriella Francisco A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love to read of Miracles, Healings, and Spiritual adventures in the next life.
IANDS does wonderful work in raising awareness of the afterlife, and helping those who are suffering from grief following the transition of a loved one.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization and a very helpful website!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Association for Near Death Studies is a non-profit with a world-wide divine purpose and that is to share the science, dynamics of and messages of NDEs across the globe. It has fostered a loving, supportive community of people who are helping to spread that message as well. The benefits for humanity are far reaching and immeasurable in terms of the peace and understanding they can receive about death and dying and mostly about living from the work IANDS and it's members are doing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IANDS is my go-to source for my ongoing NDE studies. Their scholarly and thorough work is always easily accessible to the layman, which makes dissemination of information easy.

ReneeNDE

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's the perfect place for anyone who is looking to understand Near Death and out of body, after life experiences. So much knowledge, wisdom and talent.
Would highly recommend to anyone not just NDEs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IANDS does a wonderful job in supporting those with near death or other spiritually transformational experiences. Local groups across the country provide support and an open minded community that is welcoming, kind, and inclusive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with IANDS since the mid-1980s when, as a doctoral student, I conducted my first research study on near-death experiences (NDEs). As the only organization dedicated to research on these phenomena and support of people who experience them, IANDS has remained one of my top-affiliated organizations all these years. The leadership has sought to meet the needs of a diverse membership, including NDErs themselves, people with related transpersonal experiences such as after-death communication and past-life memories, and researchers, educators, and healthcare providers of people with such experiences. From its rich website to its annual conference to its 50+ local support and interest groups around the US and across the world to its newsletter and its scholarly journal, this organization has something to offer to anyone with personal and/or professional interest in NDEs and related phenomena. As a professor of counseling who has focused my research on the implications of transpersonal experiences both for counseling and for humanity's understanding of consciousness, I've considered IANDS one of my primary professional homes.

bobfrank12

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with IANDS for many years and continue to support the organization. This is a non-profit that diligently strives to meet its primary mission of helping people who have had a Near Death (NDE) experience. With the exception of the few staff support in the office, all positions are voluntary.

IANDS is also about helping conduct NDE related research, most of which is used as feedback to help experiencer-members understand what happened to them and why they have become a different person.

Thanks, IANDS and please continue for another 40 years.
I want to continue to help you, help others.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with IANDS for several years and continue to support and advocate the organization. This is a true non-profit that works to meet its primary mission of helping people who have had the NDE experience. They are not about "making money" for a few leaders at the top of the non-profit. With the exception of the few staff support in the office, all positions are voluntary.

IANDS is also about helping conduct NDE related research, most of which is used as feedback to help experiencer-members understand what happened to them and why they are now a different person.

Thanks, IANDS and please continue for another 40 years.
I want to continue to help you help others.

1 Ned M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IANDS has helped me learn about near death experiences, when it typically is not a common conversational topic in our culture. Fact-based and grounded in research and actual cases, it's fascinating to learn about this from a scientific perspective as well as personally.

IANDS' annual conferences have been amazing and healing for me. To meet people who've had these happen, and hear them share their candid stories and what they learned from them. I've made many friends and had my life turned around with this knowledge and inspiration.

The mission they are doing to inform the Veterans Affairs and military about the many soldiers who are having near death experiences and have to keep them quiet for many reasons (like losing needed health care, or being put into a psychiatric ward) I feel is so important. They are one of the few organizations in the world talking about NDEs in a fact-based way and I fully support their mission to inform and spread the word to the public, and especially medical professionals.

1 Randall6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IANDS is an excellent educational non-profit organization that offers resources for exploring the subject near death experience. They point to local community gatherings and offer national conferences. At this moment, the best way I can summarize the value of IANDS service is by providing the following quote. "Once you answer most of the questions you ever had about death, you'll have answered most of the questions you ever had about life".

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked as an near-death experience (NDE) researcher for 11 years and found that IANDS is the only source of reliable information about NDEs. IANDS is devoted to helping NDE experiencers (NDErs) and their families understand and adjust to this profound, life-changing event. IANDS helps to educate medical professionals and the general public about NDEs so that NDEs are not misdiagnosed and NDErs are not considered crazy. Finally, IANDS encourages NDErs to spread the message of their experience as a source of inspiration and transformation to everyone. I believe that NDEs will provide the key to unlocking the mysteries of consciousness and the nature of reality and IANDS will be at the forefront of those discoveries.

3 Alan39

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with this non-profit since 1997. I attend their national conferences regularly, where I meet other people who have had a Near Death Experience, and also Scientists, Researchers and Medical Doctors, who are working in this burgeoning area of consciousness research. They also have local groups in many cities across the USA and internationally, which provide local speakers on these subjects as well. One of the most striking things about these people is their evident love for humanity. Many of them are nurses and medical professionals who have seen the Near-Death experience first hand and comprehend at a deep spiritual level what it really means. Dr. Alan Ross Hugenot

3 BillG934

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with near-death experiences (NDEs) since 1975, and I have been a member of IANDS since it was formed in 1981. I have had the great pleasure of attending many conferences and meeting many people through IANDS.

Of the many organizations I have belonged to, IANDS members have the highest level of consciousness that I've encountered. I highly recommend IANDS to everyone who wants to grow spiritually, lose their fear of death, and gain a deeper understanding of life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IANDS is an incredible organization dedicated to serving the public through the study of near-death experiences (NDEs). They are leaders in the field who continue to educate and inspire everyone they work with.

5 Anne139

Board Member

Rating: 5

IANDS is providing an amazing service to the public. They document and research the extraordinary experiences that many people are having throughout the world so the facts can be shared. They provide annual conferences that people can attend from all over the world to learn and grow. It is well run and a deserving organization. They use their funds wisely and keep the public good in mind in all they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IANDS is was a life saver for me. Six years ago, when I came back from my nde, I was confused and extremely anxious about the changes I was going through. I needed help, but I didn't want to talk with a psychiatrist or a consular. I knew I needed to find someone that had had this same experience. I found IANDS on the internet, contacted them, and they put me in touch with a local IANDS group. Within ten minutes of talking with other experiencers, my anxiety was gone and I knew everything was going to be alright, no matter what other changes that I would experience. Without IANDS, I don't know who I would have contacted when I needed the support of other experiencers. For the last six years, IANDS has been a big part of my life. The most important thing that IANDS has given me, is a local community of support from other experiencers. Our monthly meetings give experiencers a safe place to be who they are, and be completely open about their experiences, with people that don't judge their nde or how its changed their lives. It's the only place I've found that people truly understand the experience.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Association for Near Death Studies website (www.IANDS.org) is the place to visit if you have had a Near Death Experience (NDE) or if you want reliable information about NDEs. IANDS is the oldest and largest organization devoted to the support of Near Death Experiencers and to research about NDEs. I came to IANDS because I had two near-death-like experiences and I wanted to understand what had happened to me. IANDS has introduced me to a group of people who support me and who have had experiences of their own. I now make videos about NDEs and other spiritual topics and have a website at www.NDEvideo.com.