Peter Fenwick is an eminent neuropsychiatrist, academic and expert on disorders of the brain. His most compelling and provocative research has been into the end of life phenomena, including near-death experiences and deathbed visions of the dying person, as well as the experiences of hospice and palliative care workers and relatives of dying people. Dr. Fenwick believes that consciousness may be independent of the brain and so able to survive the death of the brain, a theory which has divided the scientific community.
In the first half of the program, Ian Punnett welcomed neuropsychiatrist and world renowned expert on end of life phenomena, Dr. Peter Fenwick (email). Fenwick spoke about premonitions of death. Open Lines followed. ... More »Host: Ian Punnett
Ian spoke with neuropsychiatrist Dr. Peter Fenwick (firstname.lastname@example.org) about his work, The Art of Dying, which examines death and the dying process.According to Fenwick, the dying receive visitations from deceased loved ones within the last two weeks of life. This experience is common among those who believe in afterlife experiences and those who do not, he said. As evidence, Fenwick shared an anecdote about a non-believing mother who received a visitation from her dead husband. Deathbed visions appear to be part of the death process itself, he explained. Fenwick also talked about how culture may influence the form of the person seen by those near death, noting that 25% of people in his UK study had their mothers or fathers come to 'collect' them.Fenwick recounted a tale about a woman who kept her mother's clock in her garage. The clock stopped when the mother died, he said. Fenwick reported on other unusual phenomena associated with death, including deathbea ... More »Host: Ian Punnett