Near-death experiences transform WNC lives

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Norn Cutson, Alane Mason and Scott Southwick
What happens when you die? Xpress interviews local people who recount dramatic stories of near-death experiences — and explores a growing body of research that has been gradually shifting NDEs from the fringes of scientific inquiry more toward the center.


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  • Worlds in collision: near-death experiences in WNC

    -by Xpress Contributor
    The phenomenon of near-death experiences is more widespread than popularly believed, with some estimates placing it in the millions. Several Western North Carolina residents recount their experiences, which they say…
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