Anthropology and Humanism

Seeing Dead People Not Known to Have Died: “Peak in Darien” Experiences

Authors

  • Bruce Greyson

    1. Division of Perceptual Studies
      Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
      University of Virginia Health System
      210 10th Street NE, Suite 100
      Charlottesville, VA 22902–5328
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SUMMARY

The ubiquitous belief that, after death, our consciousness might persist in some discarnate form is fueled in part by phenomena like near-death experiences (NDEs) and deathbed visions, mystical experiences reported on the threshold of death. Some NDEs, called “Peak in Darien” experiences, include visions of deceased people who are not known at the time to be dead. Cases of this kind provide some of the most persuasive evidence for the survival of consciousness after bodily death.

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