Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 1605–1615 | Cite as

Near-Death Experiences and Spiritual Well-Being

  • Surbhi Khanna
  • Bruce Greyson
Original Paper


People who have near-death experiences often report a subsequently increased sense of spirituality and a connection with their inner self and the world around them. In this study, we examined spiritual well-being, using Paloutzian and Ellison’s Spiritual Well-Being Scale, among 224 persons who had come close to death. Participants who reported having near-death experiences reported greater spiritual well-being than those who did not, and depth of spiritual well-being was positively correlated with depth of near-death experience. We discussed the implications of these findings in light of other reported aftereffects of near-death experiences and of spiritual well-being among other populations.


Near-death experience Spiritual well-being Spiritual change Spirituality 


Conflict of Interest

The authors and their institution have no relationship, financial or otherwise, with individuals or organizations that could influence the authors’ work inappropriately.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral SciencesUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA

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