International Association for Near-Death
Studies (IANDS)
Founded in 1981 with a membership of medical, academic,
and health care professionals, as well as laypersons and those
who had undergone near-death experiences (phenomena occurring
in individuals who are very close to death or who pass
into a temporary state of clinical death). The first president of
the association was Kenneth Ring, a modern pioneer in the
study of the subject.
The goals of the association are to encourage, promote, and
support the scientific study of near-death experiences; to inspire
the exchange and communication of ideas among persons
who have conducted or are conducting research on such
experiences; to collect information for educational material to
be dispersed in the public and popular media; and to relate
knowledge emerging from research to appropriate settings, including
hospitals and nursing homes.
The association serves as a fraternal organization for those
who have had near-death experiences. It maintains a collection
of tapes describing these experiences and holds seminars,
workshops, and symposia. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter,
Vital Signs, and the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Address
P.O. Box 502, East Windsor Hill, CT 06028-0502. Website (See also Death; Shanti Nilaya; Thanatology)
Ring, Kenneth. Heading Toward Omega In Search of the
Meaning of the Near-Death Experience. New York William Morrow,