Fear of the Unknown: Enlightened Aid-in-Dying

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who know that they are dying, are scared, and express fears about their fates? This book should help caregivers professionally so that they can communicate and empathize with these patients. The book also should help caregivers personally because it is impossible for them to attend the dying and witness death over and over again without thinking of their own inevitable deaths. The information and guidance offered by the book gain in personal intensity and importance.

The authors of this book are well qualified to deal with the subject. As indicated earlier, Arthur S. Berger is an attorney on the Bioethics Committee of a 750-bed county hospital that admits 24,000 patients annually. He is also the president of the Survival Research Foundation, which studies the question of postmortem survival with objective, scientific methods, and is the author of several books and papers on that subject and on death and dying in general. Joyce Berger is an investigator and researcher of the phenomena related to the survival question and a writer of books on the subject who has also done editorial work in the fields of parapsychology and thanatology. She is also administrator of the Survival Research Foundation.

Death is our destination, and not one of us can be indifferent about what to expect when we get there. The authors have tried to create an authoritative and readable book with detailed bibliographical references to throw some light on what awaits us.


REFERENCES

Ehrenwald J. 1948. Telepathy and Medical Psychology. New York: W. W. Norton.

Eisenbud J. 1982. Paranormal Foreknowledge. New York: Human Sciences Press.

Humphry D. 1991. Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assistance for the Dying. Eugene, Ore.: Hemlock Society.

Murphy G., and Ballou R. O. 1961. William James on Psychical Research. London: Chatto and Windus.

Pattison E. M. 1977. The Experience of Dying. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Rose L. 1968. Faith Healing. London: Gallancz.

Stevenson I. 1970. Telepathic Impressions: A Review and Report of Thirty-five New Cases. Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia.

_____. 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983. Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Vols. I-IV. Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia.

Ullman M. 1959. "On the Occurrence of Telepathic Dreams". Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 53:50-61.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • References xi
  • Part I - Views of Death: General and Medical Implications 1
  • 1 - Views of Death 3
  • References 14
  • 2 - Personal Continuance View: Impact on the Dying Patient, Physician, Nurse, and Chaplain 17
  • References 28
  • Part II - Investigations and Pre-Death Phenomena 31
  • 3 - A Century of Investigation 33
  • References 42
  • 4 - Extrasensory Perception 45
  • References 51
  • 5 - Out-of-Body Experience 53
  • References 60
  • 6 - The Near-Death Experience 63
  • References 71
  • 7 - Deathbed Visions 73
  • References 77
  • Part III - At-Death Phenomena 79
  • 8 - At Death 81
  • References 84
  • Part IV - Post-Death Phenomena 85
  • 9 - Mental Mediumship 87
  • References 95
  • 10 - Reincarnation 97
  • References 104
  • 11 - Hauntings, Ghosts, and Apparitions 107
  • References 113
  • Part V - Appraisal and Judgment 115
  • 12 - Critical Appraisal 117
  • References 136
  • 13 - Evaluation, Persuasion, and Aid-in-Dying 139
  • References 146
  • Selected Bibliography 147
  • Index 153
  • About the Authors 161
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