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dr. Pim van Lommel


A short introduction

Pim van Lommel (b. 1943) worked as a cardiologist at the Rijnstate Hospital, an 800-bed teaching hospital in Arnhem in the Netherlands, from 1977 to 2003. He published several professional papers on cardiology. In 1986, he began studying near-death experiences in patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, Dr. van Lommel and others published their Dutch study in the reputable medical journal 'The Lancet.' In addition, he has authored chapters in several books about near-death experiences and also published articles about the subject. In 2007 he published in The Netherlands his book ‘Endless Consciousness: a scientific approach to the near-death experience‘ . This book was a bestseller: within one year over 100.000 copies were sold in the Netherlands, and it was also nominated for ‘The Best Book of 2008′. It has been translated into German in 2009 and in 2010 it was published in English by Harper Collins, entitled: 'Consciousness Beyond Life, The Science of the Near-Death Experience'. Over the past several years Pim van Lommel has been lecturing all over the world on near-death experiences and the relationship between consciousness and brain function. In 2005, he was granted the ‘Bruce Greyson Research Award’ on behalf of the IANDS (the International Association of Near-Death Studies). And, in September 2006, the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, awarded him the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ at the World Congress on Clinical and Preventive Cardiology in New Delhi. Pim van Lommel studied medicine at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and specialized in cardiology. His website can be found at:


Consciousness beyond death, with Dr. Pim van Lommel

In his ground-breaking prospective study on Near Death Experiences (NDEs), cardiologist Dr. van Lommel concluded that merely physiological explanations are inadequate. In this in-depth interview, Essentia Foundation’s Natalia Vorontsova discusses the philosophical implications on these findings with Dr. van Lommel.

Nadia Hassan reads, ‘Near-Death Experiences during cardiac arrest’

In the fourth episode of the Essentia Readings podcast (available for free on all major platforms), Nadia Hassan reads Dr. Pim van Lommel’s ‘Near-Death Experiences during cardiac arrest,’ a half-hour of fascinating material.

Near-Death Experiences during cardiac arrest

In this short and powerful essay, cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel summarizes and discusses four rigorous studies of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) carried out in clinical settings. He concludes that, on a scientific basis, the materialist notion that brain activity somehow is or generates consciousness is not adequate to accommodate and make sense of the empirical evidence available.

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