Indications of an Afterlife: Near-Death Experiences and the Survival of Physical Death

Presented by Dr Jan Holden on April 14th, 2019 for the annual Parapsychology Research and Education course (also known as ParaMOOC), this year focused on survival after death research and theory. The course is free and open to registrants through May 31st, 2019. Here is the link to enroll: Enrollees have access to PowerPoints, additional articles and other materials.

Abstract: In his 1975 book Life After Life, Raymond Moody coined the term “near-death experience” (NDE). Over the 40+ intervening years, researchers have investigated this phenomenon extensively. In this presentation, Jan reviews key findings of this research, focuses in greater detail on the implications of those research results for the question of whether consciousness survives physical death, presents snippets of interviews with near-death experiences, and responds to questions and comments from the live session attendees.

Presenter biography: Janice Miner Holden, EdD has been a member of the University of North Texas Counseling Program faculty where she is currently professor of Counseling. Dr. Holden’s primary research focus has been counseling implications of near-death experiences, after-death communication, and other transpersonal experiences—those that transcend the usual personal limits of space, time, and identity. With over 50 refereed journal publications and over 100 national and international presentations, she served as lead editor of the 2009 Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation, for three years as president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and since 2008 as editor-in-chief of that association’s scholarly Journal of Near-Death Studies. For her career-long research on and advocacy for people who have had transpersonal experiences, Jan was awarded the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling’s 2013 Research Award and the American Counseling Association’s 2015 Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person.

The ParaMOOC series is organized by the Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education (The AZIRE), a virtual project for education in the scientific study of psychic phenomena, and supported by the Parapsychology Foundation. For more information about the Parapsychology Foundation go to the website: You can also keep up with the activities of the Foundation and the AZIRE by searching for the following Facebook pages: Parapsychology Foundation, Psychic Explorers Club, Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education, Parapsychology Online, and ParaMOOC.

Moderated by Dr Nancy L Zingrone.

Published on May 1, 2019