Journal of Near-Death Studies

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 99–133 | Cite as

Afterward: Making Meaning After a Frightening Near-Death Experience

  • Nancy Evans Bush


The routes by which individuals attribute meaning to a near-death experience (NDE) appear to be similar, whether the experience was radiant or terrifying. This article explores three such avenues in relation to frightening experiences. I argue that resisting a terrifying NDE is likely to intensify fearfulness in an individual, and also that a similar effect occurs within society when this type of experience is resisted and misunderstood. The article concludes with an approach to synthesis and suggested techniques that may be useful in integrating the experience.

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  • Nancy Evans Bush
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  1. 1.Bolton

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