Coma and Near-Death Experience: The Beautiful, Disturbing, and Dangerous World of the Unconscious (Paperback)

Coma and Near-Death Experience: The Beautiful, Disturbing, and Dangerous World of the Unconscious By Alan Pearce, Beverley Pearce, E. Wesley Ely (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Explores the extraordinary states of expanded consciousness that arise during comas, both positive and negative

• Examines the experiences of those who have survived comas

• Demonstrates how a key element of the brain is switched off by coma-inducing sedatives, allowing the mind to break free from the body

• Shares proven alternatives to medically-induced coma that are safer for treating critically ill patients and kinder for the patients and their families

Every day around the world, thousands of people are placed in medically-induced comas. For some coma survivors, the experience is an utter blank. Others lay paralyzed, aware of everything around them but unable to move, speak, or even blink. Many experience alternate lives spanning decades, lives they grieve once awakened. Some encounter ultra-vivid nightmares, while others undergo a deep, spiritual oneness with the universe or say they have glimpsed the afterlife.

Examining the beautiful and disturbing experiences of those who have survived comas, Alan and Beverley Pearce explore the mysterious levels of consciousness this near-death experience unlocks. They demonstrate how a key element of the brain is switched off by coma-inducing sedatives, allowing the mind to break free from the body and experience a greater expansion of consciousness. Revealing the dangers of deep sedation and other intensive care procedures, the authors show how comas are unnecessary more often than not and that many coma survivors go on to suffer lasting cognitive and physical harm. Exploring proven alternatives to medically-induced coma, they share tried and tested protocols that are safer for critically ill patients and kinder for the patients and their families.

Showing how we can avoid the suffering caused by comas, this book reveals the wide variety of conscious states that can arise during comas, both positive and negative, and how accepting the reality of these experiences is crucial not only to the recovery of coma survivors but also to the field of consciousness and near-death experience (NDE) studies.

About the Author


Alan Pearce is a journalist, broadcaster, former BBC correspondent, and author of several books. He has contributed to numerous publications, from Time Magazine to The Sunday Times of London. He lives in Nouvelle Aquitaine, France.

Beverley Pearce is a former private investigator who now works as an aromatherapist and a practitioner in yoga-based bodywork. She lives in Nouvelle Aquitaine, France.

E. Wesley Ely, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical Center

Praise For…


“These amazing insights into ICU delirium, coma, and sleep are critically important to the human condition.”
— Peter J. Murphy, M.D., professor and chief of medicine at California Northstate University College o

“This wonderful, well-researched, groundbreaking book explores the mysterious inner world of patients in coma. It points the way to more humane and effective treatment for those patients who are the most vulnerable and unable to speak for themselves. In addition, the authors include a fascinating investigation of other dimensions of consciousness, such as those experienced in NDEs, OBEs, dream states, and induced visions. Significantly, they point out that these experiences may be the overlooked bridge uniting science and spirituality.”
— Roberta Moore, M.A., M.B.A., filmmaker and former professor at Florida Southwestern State College

"So good! So needed!"
— Jeffrey J. Kripal, associate dean of faculty and graduate studies, Rice University

“A must-read for anyone who is touched by critical illness, whether they are a patient, family member, or a clinician.”
— E. Wesley Ely, M.D., professor of medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“I want all my students to read this book!”
— Jill Larkin Storer, BSN, RN, CCRN, clinical educator in critical care
Product Details
ISBN: 9781644119211
ISBN-10: 1644119218
Publisher: Park Street Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English