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Barbara Harris Whitfield

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Home page: http://www.cbwhit,com

Barbara Harris Whitfield, RT

Barbara Harris Whitfield is the author of many published articles and four books, Full Circle: The Near-Death Experience and Beyond (Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, 1990), Spiritual Awakenings: Insights of the Near-Death Experience and Other Doorways to Our Soul (Health Communications, 1995), Final Passage: Sharing the Journey As This Life Ends (Health Communications, 1998) and The Bigger Line (In process). She has recently co-authored an e-book with her husband Charles Whitfield, MD called Six Simple Steps to Healing (Barnes and Noble Glassbook and Adobe E-book). Their next book due out in 2003 is The Power of Humility: From Conflict to Peace (Health Communications). She is the creative and research consultant for a recently completed TV documentary called Adventures of the Soul slated to be distributed in 2002 and shown nationally and internationally in 2003.

She is a thanatologist (thanatology is the study of death and dying), workshop presenter, near-death experiencer and therapist. She is on the faculty of Rutgers University's Institute of Alcohol and Drug Studies, where she teaches two classes: "The Psychology of Feelings, Affect and Emotions in Recovery" and "Spiritual Awakenings: When the 12th step happens first."

Barbara spent six years researching the aftereffects of the near-death experience (NDE) at the University of Connecticut Medical School (Dept. of Psychiatry, 1985-1991). She is a consulting editor and contributor for the Journal of Near-Death Studies.

She has been a guest expert on Larry King Live (twice), Oprah, Donahue, Joan Rivers, CNN Medical News, CNN Airport News, CBS Evening News, PM Magazine, The Today Show, Man Alive and Sonya Freedman. She has also been interviewed on 5 network talk shows in Canada. Her personal story and her research have been featured in Redbook, McCalls, Readers Digest, Psychology Today, Maclean's, The National Enquirer (twice), Common Boundary, Your Health and Woman's World Magazine and in television documentaries made for Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Belgium and Germany.

She has authored or co-authored several groundbreaking articles for nursing and medical journals on the benefits of spiritual awakenings. She and Prof. Bruce Greyson co-authored a paper for the Journal of Near-Death Studies "Clinical Approaches to the Near-Death Experiencer." This paper has been reprinted or quoted in numerous books and articles, including several quotes for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV) proposal on "Spiritual Problems."

Barbara presents workshops and lectures to the public and to hospices, hospitals and universities. These workshops break new ground, helping attendees to expand their beliefs so they can bring their higher nature into everyday life. Barbara offers a new paradigm in healthcare that complements traditional Western psychology and medicine. This paradigm incorporates a variety of body-based and psychological therapies which validate the role of the True Self in health, wholeness and the dying process.

Barbara resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she has a private practice specializing in group and individual therapy for trauma survivors. She can be reached at 404-843-3585, Fax -- 404-843-4300, e-mail, 3462 Hallcrest Drive NE, Atl 30319

Interests: My books are on near-death experiences, spiritual experiences triggered by other means, death and dying, childhood near-deat experiences, spirituality in general.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Full Circle: The Near-Death Experience and Beyond
  • Spiritual Awakenings: Insights of the near-death experience and other doorways to our soul
  • Final Passage: Sharing the Journey as this life ends
  • Near-Death Experiences in Children