As you may, or may not know, I recently posted on the dying and death of my father. Now in mourning, and trying to understand what this process means for me (and others), I would like to begin a discussion...a simple one perhaps, but maybe not.

I have a simple question for you. Have you had a 'near death experience', or NDE? And by this, I do not mean the conventional use of the term which is associated with coming close to your own death. I mean, have you witnessed someone else's dying or death? Perhaps someone very close, or perhaps someone you knew only casually or not at all?

I am hoping you will feel comfortable sharing and I in turn will embrace your responses and share them back with you at some time in the near future, as I look through the psychological literature, my own thoughts and feelings, and your own shared experiences.

Popular Culture Meets Psychology

Understanding ourselves through pop culture.
Lawrence Rubin

Lawrence Rubin, Ph.D., ABPP, is a co-author of Messages: Self Help Through Popular Culture, and a professor at St. Thomas University.

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