Opening Heaven's Door: What The Dying May Be Trying To Tell Us About Where They're Going

Opening Heaven's Door: What The Dying May Be Trying To Tell Us About Where They're Going

Paperback | August 18, 2015

byPatricia Pearson

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A touching, exhilarating, challenging exploration of the inexplicable gleamings of another world many of us experience, in life, in grief, and near death.

     Sparked by extraordinary experiences that occured when her father and her sister both died in 2008, Patricia Pearson set off on an investigation into what she calls "a curious sort of modern underground--a world beneath the secular world, inhabited by ordinary human beings having extraordinary experiences that they aren't, on the whole, willing to disclose." Roughly half the bereaved population and an unreported number of the dying witness or experience a sensed presence, the mystery of near-death awareness, and, if they are not in horrible pain or medicated into unconsciousness, feelings of transcendence and grace as they depart on the journey from which none of us return.
     Pearson brings us effortlessly into her quest for answers, inspiring us to own up to experiences we may never have shared with anyone. If we let ourselves, all of us wonder deeply about these things, and also about the medical, social and psychological implications of passing through heaven's door.

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A touching, exhilarating, challenging exploration of the inexplicable gleamings of another world many of us experience, in life, in grief, and near death.     Sparked by extraordinary experiences that occured when her father and her sister both died in 2008, Patricia Pearson set off on an investigation into what she calls "a curious so...

PATRICIA PEARSON is an award-winning journalist and novelist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Huffington Post and Businessweek, among other publications. She is the author of five books, and was a long-time member of USA Today's Op-Ed Board of Contributors. She also directed the research for the 2009 Histo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.98 × 5.18 × 0.87 inPublished:August 18, 2015Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professor, retired It opened my eyes on à topic that I have longed to understand for many, many years. I will clearly have to read this book again to fully understand even half of the experiences described.
Date published: 2015-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comforting and facinating... If you know that there is more to life than what you can see with your eyes. If you have recently lost a loved one or about to this book will show you that there is more to life than this body.. If you read it with the Michael Newton Books starting with Life Between Lives they come from a totally different place but together answer many questions about what is beyond this life...
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from giver of hope a bit clinical but very hope giving. Just what I needed.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Opening Heaven's Door Provocative and insightful. Confirms my own experiences while allowing me to retain my scientific and logical scepticism.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I have a real appreciation for the authors approach. Not trying to justify through the scientific method our profound and mystical experiences like a lot of new age justifications. She payed deep respect to death and dying and used many great examples of people's transcendent experiences. Most of all she acknowledged and made very plain that western society has lost its connection to death and mystical experiences, leaving no room for people who have profound experiences to share them and be understood and accepted.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite informative Beggining slow, then 3rd chapters picks up and you have to finish it
Date published: 2014-05-19

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 • Longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction Praise for Opening Heaven's Door:"It is a message to us, the living, that the world we know is richer and stranger than we think." --National Post"This remarkable new book...is a rare thing: bringing journalistic rigour to an impossible question." --The Globe and Mail"Enormously engaging book.... This book conveys deep meaning and hope." --Larry Dossey, MD"Full of well-researched and very reasonable evidence for the mysterious life beyond what we know and scientifically can prove.... For those who like to question the nature of life and unexplainable phenomena there is much here to be explored." --The Vancouver Sun"For seekers and skeptics alike, Opening Heaven's Door is profoundly comforting, questing, and wise." --Marni Jackson, author of Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign