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End-of-Life Experiences | Peter Fenwick

8 June.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Peter Fenwick discusses end of life experiences for a Tuesday Talk at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Tuesday Talks

End-of-Life Experiences

Tuesday 8th June 2021. 7.30pm until 9.00pm. £5 online via ZOOM.


Peter Fenwick discusses End-of-Life Experiences.

Author of several books including The Art Of Dying, The Truth In The Light and The Hidden Door, neuropsychiatrist Peter Fenwick talks about his research into End of Life Experiences and deathbed phenomena and what these mean in the greater picture of who we really are.

There are so many common features between Near-Death Experiences and End-Of-Life experiences that one can only conclude that the former are giving us a glimpse of another, different reality, one which we can hope to experience when we do actually die. For example, the dying often talk about a strong spiritual light which draws them towards it, similar to the light at the end of the tunnel seen in an NDE. Feelngs of peace and an awareness of dead friends, relatives or spiritual beings also seem to be common features in both experiences. In the NDE visions of a paradise-like place, a beautiful pastoral landscape are common and evoke the same feelings reported by the dying who seem, in their final hours or days, to go in and out of ‘another reality’ – one that is full of light, love and compassion and which is so beautiful and so peaceful that they are drawn towards it.

The ELE which the dying most often describe in the days or hours before death are the visitors who often come to their bedsides. Occasionally unknown people wait at a distance and come closer as death approaches. These deathbed visitors appear to be in real space as even when the dying person cannot speak they can often indicate their presence by becoming more animated or directing attention to a particular part of the room. The impact of these visions, which are extremely common and reportedly experienced by 90% of those who are conscious immediately before death, is always the same – that they are deeply comforting and reassuring. The dying person seems to feel as though they are setting off on a journey, but a journey on which they will be accompanied and taken care of. They may start to use ‘journeying language’ such as ‘when I go when he comes back for me’.

End of Life research is at the cutting edge of consciousness study and offers a convincing model for the understanding of what happens when we die. Peter Fenwick describes the different transitional phases of the dying process and offers fascinating insights into common phenomena.

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Peter Fenwick discusses end of life experiences for a Tuesday Talk at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

About Peter Fenwick, PhD

President of The Scientific and Medical Network

Dr. Peter Brooke Cadogan Fenwick – President of the Scientific and Medical Network – is a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied Natural Science. He obtained his clinical experience at St Thomas’ Hospital

Peter Fenwick was a senior lecturer at King’s College, London, where he worked as a consultant at the Institute of Psychiatry. He was the Consultant Neuropsychologist at both the Maudsley and John Radcliffe hospitals, and also provided services for Broadmoor Hospital. He worked with the Mental Health Group at the University of Southampton, and held a visiting professorship at the Riken Neurosciences Institute in Japan.
Peter is the president of the Horizon Research Foundation, an organisation that supports research into end-of-life experiences. Before this he was the President of the British branch of the International Association for Near-Death Studies.

Peter has been part of the editorial board for a number of journals, including the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, the Journal of Consciousness Studies and the Journal of Epilepsy and Behaviour.

Fenwick’s interest in near-death experiences was piqued when he read Raymond Moody’s book Life After Life. Initially sceptical of Moody’s anecdotal evidence, Fenwick reassessed his opinion after a discussion with one of his own patients, who described a near-death experience very similar to that of Moody’s subjects. Since then, he has collected and analysed more than 300 examples of near-death experiences.

He has been criticised by the medical community for claiming that human consciousness can survive bodily death, but Peter argues, and the evidence supports, that human consciousness may be more than just a function of the brain.

“The plain fact is that none of us understands these phenomena. As for the soul and life after death, they are still open questions, though I myself suspect that NDEs are part of the same continuum as mystical experiences.”

Fenwick and his wife, Elizabeth are co-authors of The Art of Dying, a study of the spiritual needs of near-death patients. The Fenwicks argue that modern medical practices have devalued end-of-life experiences, and call for a more holistic approach to death and dying. In 2003, Fenwick and Sam Parnia appeared in the BBC documentary The Day I Died. In the documentary Parnia and Fenwick discussed their belief that research from near-death experiences indicates the mind is independent of the brain.


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