Dr Jeffery Long and Evidence of the Afterlife

Dr Jeffery Long and Evidence of the Afterlife

There is currently more scientific evidence to the reality of near death experience (NDE) than there is for how to effectively treat certain forms of cancer — Dr. Jeffery Long

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The following is excerpted from the introduction to Dr. Long’s book, Evidence of the Afterlife. Evidence of the Afterlife pulls from first-hand evidence culled from over 1,600 verified NDE accounts to present a strong argument for the underlying truth of those who have died and returned to share their tales.

It was 1984 when I first stumbled upon the phrase near-death experience (NDE) in the pages of a medical journal. It was several years later that I heard a friend’s wife tell of her own NDE when she nearly died of an allergic reaction while under general anesthetic. More than ten years later, in 1998, I started the Near Death Experience Research Foundation and its corresponding website, NDERF.org.

One of my goals for the site was to collect as many NDEs as I could and to collect them through a questionnaire that would make it easy to separate and study their elements. With such a questionnaire, I could examine the individual elements in NDEs or an entire NDE itself. I expected to be successful in an endeavor, but as it has turned out, I have been wildly successful. Over the course of the first ten years, more than 1,3oo people who had a near-death experience spent many hours of their precious time answering over one hundred questions in NDERF’s detailed questionnaire. These people are of every race, creed, and color and are from virtually every corner of the world.

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That so many people are willing to share their NDEs with others speaks volumes about the power of these experiences in a person’s life. Respondents describe their experiences in a variety of ways, calling them “unspeakable,” “ineffable,” “unforgettable,” “beautiful beyond words,” and so on. More than 95 percent of the respondents feel their NDE was “definitely real,” while virtually all of the remaining respondents feel it was “probably real.” Not one respondent has said it was “definitely not real.” Some say it was not only the most real thing to ever happen to them but also the best event of their lives. As one respondent who nearly died in a suicide attempt wrote:

I was at peace with myself. Nothing hurt. I could only see my We and self through that Beings Love. There was no negative in myself or from that being for anything I had done, including killing myself. It [my deed] was changed by the power of the Truth of Love, with which it was seen. That Loving Grace, total acceptance, complete love and truth created a joy in me. I saw that love was in me too, not just from the Being shining down on me; it was in me as part of myself. I was full of love and peace. I felt the joy in that truth. I have no right words for it.

I have seen this type of response from many people with near-death experiences. Imagine that—an experience that begins with the sheer terror of a life-threatening event and evolves into an event of wonder and mystery!


You can hear Dr. Long discuss some of their findings below:

He is a featured speaker in the


The Summit, hosted by Tricia Barker, featured 13 interviews from experts in the field as well as those who have personally had near-death experiences and three hours of recorded Q&As with the audience.  Full details and purchase information can be found here.

Dr. Jeffrey Long

Dr. Jeffery Long

A nationally recognized expert whose work has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and Coast to Coast, Jeffrey Long, MD, is a radiation oncologist in Houma, Louisiana. Long has served on the board of directors of The International Association for Near-Death Studies and is actively involved in NDE research. Dr. Long and his wife, Jody, established the nonprofit Near Death Experience Research Foundation and a website as a forum for people to share their NDEs and to collect scientific data on this phenomenon.