Dr. Christopher Kerr
In this episode Dr. Kerr shares his research on the dreams end-of-life patients experience and how he inadvertently realized a connection to his personal experience as a 12 year old boy at his father’s bed side during his own dad’s end-of-life.
Dr. Kerr has cared for thousands of patients who, in the face of death, experience end-of-life dreams and visions that are unlike any other. Described as “more real than real,” these end-of-life experiences resurrect past relationships, meaningful events and themes of love and forgiveness, restore life’s meaning and mark the transition from distress to comfort and acceptance.
Drawing on interviews with over 1,400 patients and more than a decade of quantified data for an evidence-based and peer-reviewed published study, Dr. Kerr reveals that pre-death dreams and visions are extraordinary occurrences that humanize the dying process. He shares how his patients’ stories point to death as not solely about the end of life, but as the final chapter of humanity’s transcendence.
Dr. Kerr’s book also illuminates the benefits of these phenomena for the bereaved, who find solace in seeing their loved ones pass with a sense of calm closure.
Additionally, by showing what doctors are currently doing wrong when it comes to end of life care, he explains how to add this new awareness to their practices.
Beautifully written, with astonishing real-life characters and stories, Death Is But a Dream
is an important contribution to our understanding of medicine’s and humanity’s greatest mystery.