So close

Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are all the rage these days. With the medical field making new strides in cardiac resuscitation, the number of NDEs reported is on the rise. NDEs are described by doctors as hallucinations; the more spiritual folks who've experienced an NDE sometimes believe it has connections to the afterlife. People describe bright lights shining at the ends of tunnels, feelings of warmth, and a sense of detachment from one's body. Whether or not these experiences hint at something spiritual is scientifically unproven, but the stories of NDE veterans sure are interesting. Barbara Bartolome will be telling her NDE story at Near-Death Experience Story Night, the monthly meetup she organizes of NDE experiencers and hobbyists; apparently, coming within a close proximity to one's own earthly demise can have a profound effect on the psyche and worldview.

Tue., June 3, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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