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The purpose of this study was to compare the level of death anxiety displayed by people who have experienced Near Death Experiences (NDEs) to the level of death anxiety displayed by people who have not experienced NDEs. The Near Death Experiencers were drawn from members of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and others contacted through mutual acquaintances. The subjects were requested to complete the Near-Death Experience scale developed by Dr. Bruce Greyson as well as the Templer Death Anxiety Scale (TDAS) developed by Donald I. Templer. Completing the Near Death Experience Scale helped to identify subjects for the NDE group. The second group of this study was drawn from the general population of two cities of a mid-western state. These subjects were requested to complete only the TDAS. Although there was a significant difference in the mean score of the NDEers as compared to the non-experiencers, the overall scores on the Templer Death Anxiety Scale were very low. Despite the low scores, those who had a NOE bad a lower degree of death anxiety.
Borgmeyer, Wanza J., "A Study of Death Anxiety and the Near Death Experience" (2000). Theses. 202.
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