Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence For An Afterlife

now available in paperback

“While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for understanding the true breadth of the human psyche and its possible continuity after death.”

So begins Leslie Kean’s impeccably researched, page-turning investigation revealing stunning and varied evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. In her ground-breaking second book, she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative New York Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. 

Kean explores compelling case studies of two young American boys reporting numerous details from past lives, later verified as accurate; contemporary mediums who provide accurate readings while tested under rigorous controls; a responsive apparition who provides information about her life on earth; extraordinary accounts of actual-death journeys into a sublime afterlife dimension by patients with no brain function; and plaster molds made by materialized hands and feet during a scientific study where any possibility of fraud had been eliminated.

During the course of her investigation, Kean also directly experienced inexplicable phenomena - with life-changing results. She observed the affects of mysterious forces, acting with apparent intelligence, able to move objects; received obscure and accurate details from possible discarnate loved ones communicating through people unknown to them; and she observed contemporary, genuine physical mediums facilitating levitations, independent voices, and materializations of physical forms.

Throughout Surviving Death, Kean remains mystified but deeply curious. How can it be that an apparition returns a wave from a human observer? Or that people watch their own resuscitation from the ceiling in the operating room, aware that they have left their bodies? How about a human hand materialized by a declared disembodied survivor of death, which many people (including her) have witnessed and touched on multiple occasions? Such phenomena are hard to believe as real, but Kean points out that strict journalistic protocols can be applied to any topic for which there is data, no matter how unusual or even indeterminate. The reader will be the judge.

Based on facts and scientific studies from wide-ranging, disparate areas of investigation that ultimately interconnect, Surviving Death also includes fascinating chapters by medical doctors, psychiatrists and PhDs from four countries. As a seasoned journalist whose work transcends belief systems and ideology, Kean enriches the narrative by including her own unexpected, and very personal, paranormal experiences encountered while she probed the universal question concerning all of us: Do we survive death?

Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence of An Afterlife
Published by Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House
Mar 07, 2017 | 416 Pages | 16 pages glossy photos
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780553419610

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James Leininger, two (left), and Ryan Hammons, five (right) remembered many specific details about what they said was a previous life
Courtesy Leininger family, Courtesy Hammons family
James Leininger, two (left), and Ryan Hammons, five (right) remembered many specific details about what they said was a previous life. The person each claimed to have been was found later through research, and that person’s living relative was located. The memories were confirmed as accurate to the life of this person, who had died decades before the boys were born.
Scientists conducted experiments in which materialized hands dipped themselves into molten paraffin wax during the séances of Polish physical medium Franek Kluski
left, Copyright © Yves Bosson/Agence Martienne/Institut Métapsychique International (IMI), Paris; right, Courtesy of the Institut Métapsychique International (IMI), Paris/Agence Martienne.
Scientists conducted tightly controlled experiments in which materialized hands dipped themselves into heated molten wax, during the séances of physical medium Franek Kluski. The hands then de-materializied to leave a paper-thin mold. Plaster casts were made of these mysterious hands, some chid size, as shown above. More about this in Surviving Death!
Dr. Sam Parnia, an expert on resuscitation science
Copyright © Martin Adolfsson
Dr. Sam Parnia, an expert on resuscitation science, has discovered that people can be revived after being “dead” for many hours. "I study people who have objectively and medically died,” he says, rather than near death. He refers to reported (NDEs) as “actual-death experiences,” saying they provide “an indication of what we’re all likely to experience when we go through death.”

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