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International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)

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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yvonne K.1

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

“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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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Maria D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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.

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.

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.