The International Association for Near Death Studies

Barbara has participated in several television and audio interviews and has contributed articles over which the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS) has kindly keeps track. 

You can also become a member of IANDS and/or buy IANDS journal, The Journal of Near-Death Studies from these links. 

Click the links below to see the page with the video, audio or article.

Near-Death Experiences: What Happens When We Die? 
This 7 minute video aired on a Fox News Atlanta prime time reportfeaturing two near-death experiencers plus Dr. Raymond Moody and a neurologist, Dr. Wendy Wright.  Pam Wedding, an experiencer from a drowning while white water rafting including a miraculous unexplained rescue and Barbara Harris Whitfield, an experiencer during complications after spinal surgery,  portray the conviction of those who have been in an altered state of consciousness often associated with near-death experiences.
Dr Moody asserts a supportive stance based on the thousands of documented cases he has reviewed while a skeptic position is adopted by Dr. Wright, a position that ignores the veridical evidence from NDE studies in presenting a materialist explanation of NDEs as a process of the dying brain.
This 58 minute, commercial-free video can be seen via the following web page... Life After Death. The program's chief narrator is retired physician and noted author, Dr. T. Lee Baumann.   Dr. Baumann describes how his interest in theoretical physics and subsequent research of near-death experiences led him to exchange the perspective of a skeptic and doubter to become convinced of the phenomenon's validity and the basis for it using a scientific approach.
The production also includes commentary by therapist and author, Barbara Harris Whitfield plus a nurse from Alabama, Linda Kuhn.  Ms. Whitfield shares from her extensive background researching and counseling individuals reporting NDEs.  Both women describe their near-death experiences and the changes in their lives following the transformative effects of the experiences.

2010 Conference Call Calendar

Monthly IANDS Groups Conference Call Schedule for the remainder of 2010 (IANDS members click here to download the available mp3 recordings of conference call guest speakers):
Tuesday, Mar 16 -- featuring 
When NDErs yearn to go back -- what are they really grieving for” with Barbara Harris Whitfield
Note: To be added to the email distribution list announcing these conference calls with telephone number and access code, send an email to  To access the mp3 file recordings of the guest speaker portion of the conference calls, IANDS members may click on this link... MP3 Recordings.

Journal of Near-Death Studies Vol. 26

Journal of Near-Death Studies Vol. 19

About IANDS:
IANDS’ purpose is to promote responsible, multi-disciplinary exploration of near-death and similar experiences, their effects on people’s lives, and their implications for beliefs about life, death, and human purpose. Where scholarship does not indicate a reasonably clear position on the origin or interpretation of these experiences, we remain impartial and open to the presentation of varying points of view; however, while all personal beliefs will be respected, IANDS is under no obligation to consider them all equally supportable. Whatever the viewpoint, IANDS never supports proselytizing.

An Atheist's Reunion: Barbara Interviewed by Boca Magazine

Barbara was interviewed by Boca Magazine along with several other individuals who live in Florida about her near-death experiences forty years ago.

Below is the transcript of her interview. You can also find the magazine and related articles under "Tunnel Vision" at

An Atheist’s reunion

Unlike Tatyana Richmond or Emile Allen (two others who were interviewed for this article), who had both pondered the existence of the divine prior to their NDE, Barbara Whitfield shut it out. For about half her life, she identified as an atheist. “I was abused as a child,” Whitfield recalls. “My mother was mentally ill and addicted to heavy drugs. I had a terrible childhood, and around 10 I decided there can’t be a God if I’m being treated this way.” Whitfield certainly didn’t believe we lived beyond our bodies, which makes her experience in 1975 all the more remarkable. In 1973, while living in Royal Oak, Mich., Whitfield had been pushed into a swimming pool. Her lower back snapped, and for the next two years, she was treated conservatively, with opiates and muscle relaxers. Tired of being constantly numbed, Whitfield eventually opted for a spinal fusion operation at Beaumont Hospital. It was expected to take two hours, but a fractured vertebra, undetected on X-rays, prolonged the operation to five and a half hours. Two days later, while recovering from the surgery, Whitfield, then 32, began to die from complications— specifically, internal bleeding caused by ileus, a disruption of the digestive tract. 

“I blanked out and woke up in the middle of the night in a hallway,” she says. “I don’t know how long I was unconscious. I went into a tunnel, though I had no words for it when it happened. My whole identity was up near the ceiling … it was like having an automobile and all of a sudden giving it up. “I went into blackness, and my grandmother was there,” she continues. “Time didn’t matter. It was eternity. I don’t know how long I was there, but it seemed like we were together for 19 years, because that was how long we had been together before she died—and we relived them.” Whitfield didn’t perceive her grandmother physically so much as feel her heart, her love. She says that her grandmother told her she would always be there, waiting for her.  Meanwhile, back on Earth, a medical team was busy saving her life through blood transfusions and a stomach pump. “This year it will be 40 years since the experience,” says Whitfield, now 71. “When I reflect back, it’s just as vivid as the week I had it. 

We’ve done research on this—10, 20, 30 years later, it doesn’t fade.” Indeed, Whitfield has become an NDE researcher, working with the InternationalAssociation of Near Death Studies—a career change bolstered by her time spent as a clinician for Mount Sinai in Miami, where she worked from 1978 to 1985 (an Atlanta resident now, she still has a seasonal home in Florida). Patients discussed NDEs with her, and she realized she wasn’t alone. She’s written several books about her experiences and the phenomenon in general—TheNatural Soul, Spiritual Awakenings and Final Passage—and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and other national TV shows, often sparring with debunkers. One appearance on “Larry King Live” was teased thusly: “Was she out of her body—or out of her mind?” “I don’t think we’ll ever have scientific proof, because there are too many people in the world that refuse to believe,” Whitfield says. Her belief system, of course, fundamentally changed, along with everything else in her life. Nobody wants to face the brink of death, but if there’s a theme connecting these disparate NDEs, it’s that the experiencers’ lives were forever altered, for the better. “I look back on it now, and am so grateful it happened to me,”

Whitfield concludes. “If I had continued on the path I was, I probably would weigh 300 pounds and be on a lot of psych drugs. Except for my children, the rest of my life was totally out of balance. It was a gift to get me back on the road to growth.”  

Our Website: New Address, Same Great Stuff!

To all of our friends,

Charlie and I have changed the domain name of our website and it is now a bit more like the address of our blog. 

Our new website URL is

On that website, you will find our books and other information directly related to us and our work. 

We are keeping this blog that you are now reading, as well, and it's URL will remain the same.

We enjoy hearing from all of you!

With all of our best,
Barbara and Charlie

A New Book Taking Us Through The Journey of a Victim Who Had an NDE and Became a Thriver

We recommend this book to all of our patients

This is the review we just put up on Amazon for an easy read that takes us though The Heroines Journey. It is well worth the read.
"Through Heaven’s Gate and Back speaks to all of us that have been abused as children.  Lee Thornton’s descriptions of the aftereffects of repeated trauma are not only true but explained in a way that the reader can take in. Her profound Near- Death Experience (NDE) and the subsequent aftereffects are also clear, heart felt and well written. She is definitely gifted in the way she expresses herself. And, it is rare to find a book so well written that has child sexual abuse and a life altering NDE under one cover.

We definitely recommend this book to our patients."

Charles L. Whitfield, MD 
Author of Healing the Child Within and Memory and Abuse

Barbara H. Whitfield, RT
Author of Spiritual Awakenings and The Natural Soul




Watch a video of Barbara telling her story of reuniting with her grandmother during an NDE

Click to watch a short video of Barbara telling her story of
reuniting with her grandmother during an NDE.

If you have trouble seeing the video, click this link:
Barbara tells her story of reuniting with her grandmother during an NDE

We Welcome Your Comments!


Barbara Will Be Presenting at The Following Conference

Universal Hall @ Findhorn
We Do Not Die.

A Conference on
Expanding Consciousness Through Near-Death and Other Mystical Experiences

Perhaps this life is just one perfect pearl on an endless and eternal necklace...

Special Event
26–29 September 2015

Fear and suffering is a common human experience no matter what our personal background, religion or spiritual practice. Where youth, beauty and success are valued above all else, such as in the materialistic culture found in today’s Western society, existential fears are driven below the surface.
Consumerism, addictions and obsessions become the coping mechanisms. Ancient and aboriginal peoples, however, had rituals to address and integrate the fear, meaning and understanding of death. For us today, the direct information brought back from people who have had near-death and out-of-body experiences can and does have an immediate impact on our lives. We are confronted with a new perspective from which to view our:
  • fear and suffering
  • purpose on a soul level
  • reason for our life's direction and relationships
  • self-worth and the worth of our existence
Don't Miss Barbara's Presentation!

Click Here to Learn More and Register!
We Do Not Die Conference at Findhorn

Barbara Telling Her NDE Story

See and Hear Barbara Telling Her NDE Story...


Barbara tells her story of her NDE and relates her experiences with Kenneth Ring, author of "Heading Toward Omega," the book mentioned below.


A Reader Comments...

"I have been a life-long seeker of answers (I'm in my 50s - but feel 18) and have always been influenced by Barbara's story. I still have my 1985 copy of 'Heading Toward Omega' and over the decades have referenced and re-read Barbara's part and marveled at what pure knowledge is contained in it. So I'd like to say "thank you' Barbara, for so bravely providing your truth to us all. Originally I wanted to contact you two to see whether or not the 'Omega' account was published to Barbara's satisfaction. Oftentimes in publishing and media people are misquoted or mis-represented and the public finds out much later that popular common knowledge of high-profile folks is sometimes practically mythical. But browsing your website I can see I have no need to ask this question! 

"Barbara, you and Charles have done wonderful things with your lives, and your truth has been presented in so many ways that there can be little doubt as to where you are coming from..... In any case - I just wanted to say I admire you guys, and am genuinely grateful that you welcome emails from those of us who have benefited from your lives and your efforts."

  • Thanks again

  • ANNOUNCING: NEW Updated & Expanded 2nd Edition Moody Blues Book!

    Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues' Music & Message UPDATED and EXPANDED Edition

    Due to the overwhelmingly positive (and sometimes painfully honest) responses by you, our readers, we’re proud to announce the release of the Revised and Updated 2nd Edition of our book the Amazon Best-Seller Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues’ Music and Message.   We want to say a heartfelt “Thank You!” to the many readers who care enough about the band, their music, and this book about them, to share their insights, correct a few inaccuracies and request that we expand to book’s scope to more fully cover the music of this brilliant band.  

    Introduction to the NEW Updated
    Expanded Edition

    With the feedback from our readers we expanded our first edition’s content. We have fixed the few errors and rare factual inaccuracies we had found.
    Several readers asked that we look at and make meaning about more of their songs. We have done that with three (see next page): ‘Question,’ ‘New Horizons,’ and ‘I’m just a singer’ (in a R&R band).
    Just after completing this book we went on their first “Moodies Cruise” and now include a summary of our experience there. We obtained the new Timeless Flight box set that was released three months after this book and listened to the CDs and watched its DVD video material. We also read their extensive accompanying “coffee table” sized book. We have read the many online comments on this box set and have included a relevant few of them in our 7 page review of this large box set.
    Some readers commented on our interpretations of the Moodies’ lyrics as not being the final word, which we had already acknowledged. We have always been open to others’ interpretations and even set up a website for readers to add theirs. We had never proposed that ours were the only understandings. We have also reflected on the lyrics the way they fit into our long experience helping people heal and healing ourselves. There is a great gift to knowing the Moodies’ message.

    Songs We Analyze
    To make for easier reading in this 2nd edition, in the table below we list the 39 songs and two poems that we analyze here and the pages to find each. We still refer to many of these and some of their other songs elsewhere throughout this book.    
    Chapter               Song Title
    Have You Heard 1, The Voyage, HYH 2

    from DoFP:  8 songs, 2 spoken poems: The Day Begins, Dawn is a Feeling, Morning: Another Morning, Peak Hour, Tuesday Afternoon, Evening: Time to Get Away, The Sunset, Twilight Time, Nights in White Satin, Late Lament

    to 20
    Out and In
    Eyes of a Child 1, Floating, Eyes of a Child 2
    Gypsy,   Lost in a Lost World
    And the Tide Rushes In,  You and Me
    The Voice,  No More Lies
    Say What you Mean 
    The Candle of Life
    The Land of Make Believe
    Say It with Love
    My Song 
    Lovely to See You

    Appendix    The Story in Your Eyes

                          One More Time to Live

                          English Sunset

                          Watching and Waiting

                          A Simple Game

                          The Actor

                          Legend of a Mind

    3 added        Question   

     In 2nd          New Horizons

     Edition         I’m Just a Singer (in a R&R Band)

    A Reader Comments...

    Dear Barbara,
    Hello. My name is AJ, a 43 year old Muslim male, living in Manchester, UK.
    I have read many books in my life, looking for God. In a single stroke of genius, Dr Whitfield's book 'Healing the Child Within' led me to God.  Recovery from Codependency is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me. I still have a long way to go, but CoDA cut short the long way round to God. Dr Whitfield's writings are almost Islamic sacred scripts from my perspective because of its free and universally appealing teaching.  No need to persuade or control or manipulate but just freely explaining away a universal truth, a spirituality.  The truth cannot be hidden and does not belong to any one religion or creed, it is free from such restrictions and sits above all else.
    I just wanted to say 'Thank you'.  Thank you for all your efforts.  Even a few of us Muslims who are in major inner upheaval right now, appreciate you.  I would go as far as saying that if the Islamic world could read and understand co-dependency recovery, most of the conflicts and misunderstandings would be much resolved or eased.
    I consider Dr Whitfield my Sufi master on my path to enlightenment and I would like to thank him for his work and his efforts. May God keep you and preserve you....
    ps. If you are ever in the UK, please do pop up to Manchester for a coffee and a chat.

    New Book Announcement!

    Announcing A New Book!

    Another F*ing Growth Experience: 
    A Guide to Self-Awareness and Change

    Co-written by Barbara Harris Whitfield and Sharon Cormier.

    Endorsed by Bruce Greyson, MD, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia Medical School and Kenneth Ring, PhD, Professor Emeritus at University of Connecticut, Author of Lessons From The Light.  Foreword by Charles Whitfield, MD.

    Click the link below to buy this new book!


    BREAKING NEWS! Its Already A Bestseller!


    Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues Music and Message

    has been in publication for two weeks and it is already an Amazon Bestseller!

    This book is a hit with fans of the Moody Blues of all ages and brings meaning and enjoyment to every reader and Moody Blues listener.  Not only are books selling hot, but so is the Kindle edition!

    Here's what they are saying about this landmark book:

    "Both the Whitfields and The Moody Blues understand [the values of love] and express it in a way that makes this book a tremendous contribution to help the mess we are in as a society."

    "It's great to see a revival of their work in a book form by two great authors."

    "I recommend this book and music to anyone who is:
    1) A die hard Moody Blues fan
    2) Interested in healing, mysticism, raising consciousness, or spirituality
    3) Is a music lover and wants to explore any of these realms.
    I just plain recommend it."

    "I rediscovered the beauty of their music by listening to it as I read their interpretations. It's a great reminder of what the 60s and 70s were all about."

    "This is The Definitive writing on The Moody Blues."

    "I love this book but I was mesmerized by the section on "Their Sound" and Mike Pinder's magical instrument, the Mellotron.  It was like he had an orchestra at his fingertips!

    Find out for yourself why this insightful and enjoyable book has become so popular!

    Click the links on the left to learn more about the Paperback and Kindle editions of this landmark book!