IANDS Launch Pad Series – A Veteran’s NDE and Path to Revealing It

Chase Skylar DeMayo is a U.S. Air Force veteran who died April 1, 2008, and was sent back to spread laughter, light, love and joy to the world. His near-death experience (NDE) occurred during cardiac arrest while he was stationed at Langley Air Force Base. For 12 years, Chase kept his NDE private for fear of judgment and retribution. Now he reveals the depth of his experience and its aftereffects. Come hear this remarkable, spirit-filled man!

Are Veteran’s more likely to have NDE’s while less likely to come forward?
with Chase Skylar DeMayo

I took it in and realized I was in Heaven, watching what happiness was. We didn’t exchange spoken words back and forth like a traditional conversation. The joy itself seemed to be the conversation; the light and the love that was flowing through me was filled with information and memories.

Jesus turned to me and said with another smile on his face, “You have to go back now.”

I took another look around. I remember feeling content with his guidance—as if this was all part of the plan.

“I need you to go back and remember to share laughter, joy, love, and light,” he said.

When he said those words, it was if they were being tattooed into me, or digested into my heart. Those words hit me like a truck.

Before I could respond, he started to grin again. It was the type of grin you have right before a laugh starts to come out. There was such a sense of fun and humor during my time spent in the garden. To me, it felt like the relationship you have with a best friend or sibling or spouse, where even the slightest notion could send you into peals of laughter.

His grin was my last memory before gravity set in and the weight of the world started to set into my human body again. It was obvious I was no longer in Heaven, where everything was so free and weightless.

What would a 21 year old do after such a clear, defined, and transformative experience while in the Air Force? Nothing. I told no one about my experience. I joked about dying with friends, but I knew if I told anyone about my experiences in Heaven that they would think I was either crazy, lying, or both. I couldn’t tell people I had met Jesus. Who was I to share that? A church might look at me and say, “He hasn’t earned his right to enjoy such an experience.” My friends and family might think it was all for attention. So, for 12 years, it stayed a secret from almost everyone but my close friends and family. Until now.

 

Q&A Discussion of “Surviving Death” Netflix Special on NDEs

A special Q&A panel organized from the Netflix special “Surviving Death: Episode #1” on near-death experiences. “Surviving Death” author Leslie Kean; Netflix series producer, Ricki Stern, and near-death experiencers featured in episode #1, Kimberly Clark-Sharp and Jose Hernandez, will be online to answer questions and… Saturday, January 9, 1:30 pm PST (4:30 pm EST)

A special new series, Surviving Death, starts January 6 on Netflix of which episode #1 is focused on the subject of near-death experiences (NDEs).

On Saturday, January 9, Seattle IANDS is sponsoring a live, online panel including the author of the book Surviving Death, the executive producer and director of the series, and two key near-death experiencers featured in episode #1.

THIS IS  BIG! Don’t miss it…

Kimberly Clark Sharp, founder of the Seattle chapter of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), has organized this free public session to talk about this initial Netflix episode of the Surviving Death series.

Kimberly and Jose Hernandez, both of whom are among several near-death experiencers prominently featured in the inaugural episode of the series, will be joined LIVE by …


Leslie Kean
, an investigative journalist, and the author of the book Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife, upon which this Netflix series is based; plus …

 

Ricki Stern, the executive producer and director of the Surviving Death Netflix series largely produced by her production firm, Break Thru Films

 

So, set aside the time to watch the initial episode of Surviving Death beginning January 6 on Netflix, then meet the book’s author and the Netflix series producer on this Seattle IANDS sponsored webinar on Saturday, January 9 at 1:30 pm Pacific (4:30 pm Eastern) time.

Signup now… Regular IANDS Sharing Groups Online (ISGO) users are $5 (or enter the coupon “SD4free” to RSVP for $0). ISGO Subscriber RSVPs are $0. To attend everyone must RSVP, that is checkout completely to receive the link to access this webinar.

For help on how to join go to https://isgo.iands.org/faq

NoVA presents “An En-lightning Experience”

Paul Aurand was struck by lightning in July of 1998. While struggling with the aftereffects, Paul was
regressed back to his “en-lightning” NDE to re-experience the unconditional love and oneness that
released his trauma and led to a deep personal transformation. Sunday, January 24, 11 am PST (2 pm EST)

Presented by:  Northern Virginia IANDS
Facilitator:      Angie Willson-Quayle, PhD
Date/Time:     Sunday, January 24 at 11 am PST | 2 pm EST 

Talk: An En-lightning Experience” with Paul Aurand, MHt

Paul Aurand was struck by lightning in July of 1998. While struggling with the aftereffects, Paul was regressed back to his “en-lightning” NDE to re-experience the unconditional love and oneness that released his trauma and led to a deep personal transformation. This set him on a search to find a way to help others experience the same transformational qualities of an NDE without the trauma of dying or being killed.

Paul’s search led him to Life Between Lives (LBL) hypnotic regression which was developed by Dr Michael
Newton. Newton regressed over 7000 people to the afterlife and documented their cases in his books Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls. Fascinated by the many parallels between NDE and LBL, Paul began to research the potential of hypnotic NDE regression. He joined forces with a cardiologist in Canada and a psychiatrist in Lisbon to conduct a pilot study with 20 sudden cardiac arrest patients who all had to be resuscitated. Each patient was regressed to recover the healing gifts and messages and release the trauma from their NDEs.

Website: Near Death Experience – Paul Aurand, MHt

Bio-Certifications:

  • Certified Hypnotherapist International Assoc of Counselors and Therapists
  • Certified Hypnotherapist National Guild of Hypnotists
  • Certified Instructor International Association of Counselors and Therapists
  • Lead Trainer The Michael Newton Institute
  • Alliance Training Program The Michael Newton Institute
  • Medical Hypnotherapist National Council for Medical and Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Clinical Hypnotherapist National Council for Medical and Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Master Hypnotherapist National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists
  • Life Between Lives Therapist The Michael Newton Institute

Bio-Positions:

  • Founder and Director The Holistic Healing Center
  • First Elected President The Michael Newton Institute
  • Director of Education The Michael Newton Institute
  • International Trainer Holistic Healing Center

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About: Northern Virginia IANDS (NoVA)
Our Chapter is now partnering with Unity of Fairfax Church and IANDS Sharing Groups Online ISGO (ISGO) and our mission is to support individuals who have had an NDE as well as to provide a venue for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating phenomenon and other metaphysical topics.

We invite speakers and facilitate discussions in a respectful and welcoming manner. Our meetings will remain virtual until further notice. For more information about our Chapter, please visit our IANDS NoVA Meetup Group (https://www.meetup.com/IANDS-Northern-Virginia/).

We meet most 4th Sundays of the month at 2pm EST (please be advised, dates may vary). There is a $15 per person/per meeting fee, which go to Speaker fees, Meetup.com and Zoom platform expenses as well as Chapter dues. To find out more or if you are having trouble with registration, please email me at AngieWQ09@gmail.com.

Kind regards, Angie, Chapter Host

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If you are an ISGO Subscriber (that is you have an active IANDS membership at the Supporting or higher level), this webinar registration fee is only $10; for all others, it is $15 to sign-up.

If this is your first time on the ISGO site, you will have to establish a free account with user name and password prior to registering for your first ISGO event. See details at isgo.iands.org/faq/

Check out the many upcoming ISGO events and if you are not already an ISGO Subscriber, consider how as a subscriber those benefits will mount up fast!

IANDS Stellar Speakers Series presents “After” Book Launch

Tickets are on sale now to attend a fireside chat with Dr. Bruce Greyson discussing his new book, “After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond”. Live Saturday, March 6, 10 am PST (1 pm EST)… includes unlimited viewing access to the event’s video recording.

— This is the RSVP page to register for the online event. —
— For book orders click here. —

Don’t miss this opportunity to honor Dr. Bruce Greyson’s (BG’s) foundational work over five decades in the field of near-death studies…

Now! You can reserve your seat to pay tribute to Bruce online for the incredible gift of his lifetime of service that has changed the world’s awareness and perception of the phenomenon of near-death and similar experiences.

Online: Saturday, March 6, 10 am PST (1 pm EST) 

What does this occasion provide?

    • Be there* for a fireside chat with Dr. Greyson discussing his journey that has earned him the title, “The Father of NDE Research”, hear his view of the most significant findings, and how his understanding of NDEs and the nature of human consciousness has matured over 50 years...
    • There will be an interval for the audience to submit questions for a response from an acknowledged leader in the field of NDE research…
    • You will see a panel of renown experiencers, researchers, prominent healthcare workers, counselors, and others on camera to individually and collectively pay tribute to Dr. Greyson and his historic advancement of the knowledge base and its benefits for experiencers and clinicians…
    • RSVP now with one of the selections on this page to reserve your online seat as this will be a very popular event…
    • Add a pre-order** here for the first edition of his book, After — describing his journey from the undeniable evidence of his first encounters with the mystery of these extraordinary experiences to being able to clearly describe how these findings have dramatically shifted the field of consciousness studies away from a strict dependency on a working human brain.

* RSVPs for the live event include unlimited viewing of its video recording.
** Add one or more copies of “After” combined with an RSVP for this event and receive an additional $3 discount on the event’s RSVP price by entering the coupon “lovetoBG” (no spaces); plus select priority shipping and you will receive the books within 7 days! (Get this sure-to-be-a collectors-item edition for yourself and others on your shopping list.)

BONUS: In addition to including the fireside chat with Dr. Greyson about his journey to this achievement; plus seeing prominent others in this field, many of whom you will recognize, giving their testimonies and gratitude for this man’s lifetime of being the most prolific researcher documenting the reality of this phenomenon; plus having the opportunity to buy first edition copies of his book here at $2 off list price with taxes included; please note that…

NOW YOU TOO can provide testimony on your view of the value of this trailblazing work for you and the lives of people everywhere…

DO THIS BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:
Be part of producing a commemorative booklet for the pioneering work of Dr. Bruce Greyson (opens in a separate window and may be submitted anonymously).

These personal inputs will be compiled after the event into a booklet to be presented to Dr. Greyson; and everyone that registers an RSVP for this event will receive an electronic copy of this testimonial booklet in addition to unlimited access to view the event’s video recording.

Clicking here takes you to the book order page...

So, there it is … put the date and time, March 6 starting at 10 am PST (1 pm EST) on your calendar,  plus the system will email you a reminder … you will want to be part of this occasion! (Note: should you have to miss it, your rsvp will have access to the recording of this day to remember!)

After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond

Meet Dr. Bruce Greyson, M.D.

“There and Back Again … an extraordinary journey into the forever.”

Before my experience I had never painted in my life and would struggle to paint simple stick figures. Several years after I had my NDE I was compelled to paint the ‘living colors’ that I had seen on the other side. I started to experiment and found that I could enter a ‘zone’ and so I began to paint until I was finally able to reproduce the living colors I had seen. These paintings represent, not only to me, but to many that have my art, ‘what Heaven looks like’ or that they are a ‘Glimpse of Heaven’. Sat. Jan. 2, 2021, 10:00 am PST (1:00 pm EST)

A Message of Hope and Inspiration for 2021 with Jose Hernandez and his art!

I would like to introduce everyone to the world of not only my near-death experience but of all the beauty that I saw which I now translate into art.  My experience of death was stunningly beautiful and filled with the essence of pure love and peace but at first it was traumatic.

This was because of my belief system, or rather, a lack thereof, and it made me truly struggle with the integration of my experience.  After years of therapy and denial, I was finally able to embrace and accept my NDE.  It was then that I began to recapture my experience through painting digitally and was able to bring into this life the color that I saw at Heaven’s Gate.

Before my experience I had never painted in my life and would struggle to paint simple stick figures.  Several years after I had my NDE I was compelled to paint the ‘living colors’ that I had seen on the other side.  I started to experiment and found that I could enter a ‘zone’ and so I began to paint until I was finally able to reproduce the living colors I had seen.  These paintings represent, not only to me, but to many that have my art, ‘what Heaven looks like’ or that they are a ‘Glimpse of Heaven’.

 

I was blessed years later with an opportunity to be in the docu-series ‘Surviving Death’ where I am featured in the first episode which focuses on near-death experiences.

Bio

Jose was an electrical engineer, a self-described atheist and closed minded skeptic when, at age 46, after a minor accident at work, he was administered medication in the ER that he was severely allergic to. That mundane mistake changed Jose’s life completely as the damage to his lungs from the reaction to the medication became severe and he was brought back to the ER where he flat lined for a total of 5 minutes. There, he experienced a journey that shattered every belief in ‘science’ he had held dear.

I Saw What the Doctors Couldn’t… Now They Want to Know How!?

Stephanie Arnold had detailed premonitions she would die giving birth. No one believed her, until it happened, Exactly the way she said it would. Leaving all who witnessed it to question what they really know about life after death. Sat. Jan. 16, 2021, 10:00 am PST (1:00 pm EST)

I saw what the doctors could not. Now the doctors want to know how.
IANDS Stellar Speaker Series
features Stephanie Arnold
Saturday, January 16, 10 am PST (1 pm EST)

Stephanie Arnold was pregnant with her second child. All went well until the 20 week ultrasound. She started to have premonitions about hemorrhaging during delivery, needing a hysterectomy, being cut from top to bottom, the baby surviving but she would never leave the OR alive.

She told everyone. She had tests, posted on Facebook, sent out “Goodbye letters”, no one believed her.  Even more unbelievable, she would be right… down to the most vivid details in her visions.

How did she survive? One doctor was uncomfortable with the details Stephanie was providing and she flagged her file, incorporating extra blood and a crash cart during time of delivery and that is 100% what saved her life.

On her road to recovery, she needed answers. She sought out the help of a hypnotherapist and she recorded those sessions. Revealing what and how she saw everything before she flatlined and what happened afterwards.

Her life and the lives who witnessed this story are forever changed.

Her bestselling debut book, 37 Seconds, has been #1 on Amazon, Top 100 of all nonfiction books in the US, it has been translated into multiple languages, the movie based on her book is sold and her story was recently featured on the new Netflix series “Surviving Death.”

Bio:

Stephanie Arnold, was an Emmy-nominated and award-winning TV producer who spent 27 years creating and producing TV shows, music videos and documentaries. She left the “business” in 2008 after meeting the love of her life. From that point on, the only thing she wanted to produce was a family.

IT WAS DURING THE BIRTH OF HER SECOND CHILD THAT STEPHANIE SUFFERED A RARE, BUT OFTEN FATAL, CONDITION CALLED AN AMNIOTIC FLUID EMBOLISM (AFE) AND DIED ON THE OPERATING TABLE FOR 37 SECONDS. EVERYTHING SHE DOES NOW IS A DIRECT RESULT OF HER SURVIVAL.

Stephanie currently serves on the board of directors for the AFE Foundation, speaks on patient advocacy to organizations like the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), medical institutions and nursing organizations (AWHONN). She was the face for the legislative campaign When Seconds Count (ASA) and also for the mother’s day LifeSource program, helping to educate about blood donation. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital and continues to raise money for research and education into one of the leading causes of maternal death in the world.

She was named one of the Today’s Chicago Woman’s “100 Women of Inspiration.” She blogs and offers support to families affected by trauma and surviving against the odds. She has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Good Morning America, Megyn Kelly Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Good Day LA and has been featured in Yahoo, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, DailyMailUK, Cosmopolitan online and many more. Her multi-award-winning, best-selling debut book is being translated into many languages and is currently being distributed worldwide.

Boom! The Life and Times of a Suicide Near-Death Experiencer

At six months Chris was thrown into a dumpster by his biological mother. This became the root for suicidal thoughts throughout his life, eventually leading to a suicide attempt, when he experienced his NDE. During his NDE he met angels who have helped him in his love for working with kids. Join us January 8th at 6:00 pm PST (9 pm EST) to hear his amazing story!

Arizona IANDS presents…

Chris Batts is an author and motivational speaker who had a near-death experience after a suicide attempt. He was born in Southern California, where at 6 months old was thrown into a dumpster by his biological mother.  That, and never experiencing love as a child nor having any family who cared about him, became the root of suicidal thoughts throughout life,  eventually leading to his suicide attempt by throwing himself out of a speeding car at age 24.  After being removed from his mothers care by the courts, he grew up in many foster homes.

In his book “Boom- The Life and Times of a Suicide Near Death Experiencer”, Chris goes in detail about his life, what led up to his suicide attempt and how his life has changed since. He was  taken to the spiritual realm and experienced telepathic thoughts from God of Pure Love, but was overwhelmed because he didn’t believe in any of this. He met many Angels in this realm, including two whom seemed very familiar to him, and whom he is still in contact with to date. These two Angels continue working with him to help guide his understanding of how the Spiritual Realm works.

One of Chris’s strongest missions is to get the word out about suicide prevention, saying “many people who go through dark times and depression don’t realize how much they are loved,”

Chris loves music and sign language. He is currently attending college pursuing a Deaf Studies major, with the goal of becoming an interpreter.

IANDS Stellar Speakers Series presents… A Second in Eternity

A professional psychic for decades, Gary L. Wimmer will speak in detail about his intense and life-changing 1977 near-death experience (NDE) and what it revealed about the current and future challenges facing all of humanity. He considers himself one of the luckiest of people for being shown how clearly ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ is coming into view during the decades ahead to all who seek it. Sat. Dec. 19, 2020, 10:00 am PST (1:00 pm EST)

Gary L Wimmer began studying psychic ability during the late 60s in college while studying Electrical Engineering, and started giving readings professionally in 1974. In 1977, he had a life-changing “near-death experience” (NDE) that revealed the Unity that underlies all things, and shed light on the “World Revolution” we are currently experiencing and its affects on all of humanity. Life always guarantees change, and it is often through change and the unexpected that we learn to see matters from a new and more enlightened perspective.

For example, Gary recognizes that Covid-19, manifesting as humankind’s latest major “curve ball” is Infinite Mind acting through Nature to encourage mankind to reevaluate everything and make new priorities.

Gary has spoken in depth about these necessary changes during numerous interviews and during his recent radio show.

 That intense and enlightening 1977 NDE still profoundly inspires and motivates Gary to this day, and he wrote about it in detail in his book, A SECOND IN ETERNITY. SEE:

garywimmer.com/writer/eternity.htm

As a professional psychic for over forty-five years, Gary has been referred to as a medium, intuitive, healer, teacher, spiritualist, and clairvoyant. SEE: http://lithomancy.com. He is the author of LITHOMANCY, THE PSYCHIC ART OF READING STONES, the only comprehensive book on the amazingly revealing methodology he uses, known as Lithomancy. SEE: http://garywimmer.com/writer/litho_book.htm

In his presentation Gary will address questions such as: Who or what is God? How can we learn to “read the signs” and develop our natural psychic abilities? What is the best use of free will? What is our collective past and our collective destiny? Is there life after death and what is it like? How much is written in stone and how much affect do we have? He still offers readings over the phone. Both of his books are available on Amazon and Kindle.

Bio:

Gary studied Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech University 1965-1970. Always curious about God, life and the Universe, during the late 60s, he became interested in psychic ability and began reading the works of psychics and spiritualists like Edgar Cayce, Madame Blavatsky and Ruth Montgomery, stirring his curiosity and opening him up to his own abilities. He began giving readings in 1974. In 1977, he had an intensely illuminating NDE, which took him to the worlds beyond and to the infinite power and creativity of The Source, changing his life forever. He still offers readings and does interviews.

IANDS Stellar Speakers Series presents… Bringing Death to Life (leaving fear behind)

Dr. Mary Helen Hensley will give a detailed account of her NDE and its subsequent impact on her life as a healer. You will feel what it was like for her to be self-aware to the point of time seeming to stand still while deciding to exit the body, then observing from above, as her vehicle was hit broad side. In the current public-magnified focus on death due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mary Helen’s message is the absolute anecdote for the fear-based response that this crisis produces in a vast number of people. Dec. 5, 2020, 10:00 am PST (1:00 pm EST)

Bringing Death To Life with Dr. Mary Helen Hensley

Mary Helen will give a detailed account of her NDE and its subsequent impact on her life as a healer. You will feel what it was like for her to be self-aware to the point of time seeming to stand still while deciding to exit the body, then observing from above, as her vehicle was t-boned in an intersection by a driver running a red-light at a speed estimated to be over 75 mph.

In the current public-magnified focus on death due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mary Helen’s message is the absolute anecdote for the fear-based response that this crisis produces in a vast number of people. Even beyond this calming perspective communicated by Mary’s experience is an even greater awareness that “all situations are working out fine”; as they are intended to contribute to a heightened awareness of the truth that personal consciousness, that is a complete awareness of self, continues. The passage called “death” is thus illuminated as another opportunity to realize the reality of “fear” is the only adversary and it is totally unnecessary, even related to human death.

Especially related to fears raised by most religions and other human dictums of right and wrong, there is a positive message within Mary Helen’s narrative that addresses how “everyone makes it”. This may be the message that will do the most to calm unnecessary uneasiness about living life fully with whatever time we are given.

Each of these subjects will be woven together in a delightfully humorous yet informative presentation, allowing each listener to empower themselves with the knowledge that we already are that which we seek.

Biography

Dr. Mary Helen Hensley has been psychically aware from childhood and shares how she found her life’s purpose by the outcome from having her near-death experience.  In her NDE, she meets her spiritual guardians and she describes how her deceased grandfather guided her to become a chiropractor when she had no significant awareness of that profession.

Now having been licensed and practicing the true course of a healer for nearly two decades, she shares numerous anecdotes for the real spiritual purpose of her “hands-on” healing for her clients.

Mary Helen is also a very prolific author just having completed an audio book to go with nine published books… including Promised by Heaven: A Doctor’s Return from the Afterlife to a Destiny of Love and HealingUnderstanding Is the New Healing: Miraculous Recoveries from Physical and Emotional Trauma; and our theme today… Bringing Death to Life: An Uplifting Exploration of Living, Dying, the Soul Journey and the Afterlife.

These and more can be found at Dr. Hensley’s website:
www.maryhelenhensley.com.

Plus be sure to note the newly published children’s book:
Hugh and the ManateeAND to see the promo for her just released audio book click below…

Click here to see this breathtaking promo video ...
Click on the image to see the beautiful promo video for Dr. Hensley’s just released (THIS WEEK) audio book…

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Social Worker Transformed by Hospice Client Experiences

A hospice clinical social worker, Scott Janssen has worked over 3 decades with terminally ill patients. A self-proclaimed materialist, Scott would dismiss NDEs and the like as attributable to drugs and mental illness. As he witnessed or heard of hundreds of transpersonal experiences of ordinary people approaching the mystery of death, his viewpoint and life was transformed. Scott is a prolific writer about hospice care and life lessons from the dying. He will share captivating stories and personal reflections from being with people navigating the end of life and how that opened his mind and heart. Wed. Jan 13, 2021 at 7 pm CST.

Scott Janssen, MA, MSW, LCSW – will share transformative stories from the forefront of hospice social work.

Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 pm CST (5 PST, 6 MST, 8 EST)
Sponsored by Dallas/Ft Worth Friends of IANDS,
Co-leaders:  Jan Holden, Ed.D. and Pete Quortrup

Scott is a clinical social worker with the University of North Carolina Hospice in Pittsboro, just west of Raleigh and has worked with terminally ill patients and their families for over 28 years. During that time he has witnessed or heard reports of hundreds of transpersonal experiences as ordinary people have approached the mystery of death. These phenomena take many forms, such as near-death and out-of-body experiences, deathbed visions and synchronicities, messages delivered in dreams or hypnogogic states, strange animal behavior coinciding with death, and after death communications.

 He has served as an editorial adviser for Social Work Today and written over 80 articles for professional and literary magazines as well as scholarly journals. His novel Light Keepers is a metaphysical adventure about connecting with the transpersonal realm and learning to choose love over fear. His book Standing at Lemhi Pass: Archetypal Stories for the End of Life and Other Challenging Times explores the use of therapeutic storytelling with hospice patients and their loved ones.

 His articles and commentaries on transpersonal end of life phenomena have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Near-Death Studies, Social Work Today, KevinMD and the American Journal of Nursing.

In addition to end-of-life care, he is trained in working with patients struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Trauma Informed Work Group and has spoken nationally about psychological care for terminally ill combat veterans and building trauma informed hospice teams.

When he started his career as a hospice social worker Scott was a self-proclaimed materialist, quick to dismiss non-ordinary experiences like NDEs as meaningless phenomena originating in biological, pharmacological or psychiatric causes. His patients have transformed his understanding and his life.

At our meeting, Scott will share captivating stories and personal reflections from decades working with people navigating the end of life as well as the ways this has opened his mind and his heart.

About Scott’s books:

Light Keepers (13.99 on Amazon) takes place within the threshold space between the seen and unseen worlds. Set in the desperate aftermath of the Civil War, it is a work of adventurous and visionary fiction which explores the question of how we may move toward love rather than fear in a world that often seems harsh and unsparing.

 

Standing at Lemhi Pass (12.99 on Amazon), a phrase taken from a pivotal moment during Lewis and Clark’s early exploration of the American West, borrows lively stories from American history and applies them to times we are facing loss, grief or any one of life’s profound challenges.