November 11: Near-Death Experiences

posted Nov 13, 2014, 4:54 PM by Amherst Club   [ updated Nov 13, 2014, 5:02 PM ]
Vice-President Andrea Battle called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, and welcomed us all on behalf of President Roger Webb, who is in Great Britain.

Andrea wished all veterans well, both club members and their families, and thanked them for their service on this Veterans’ Day, the centennial anniversary of the commencement of World War I.

Andrea thanked the Amherst Club Trivia Bee team members, Arthur Kinney, Tony Papirio, Charles Stevenson and Andrea herself, who all battled nobly in this year’s Trivia Bee benefit for the Amherst Education Foundation. Andrea also thanked Ruth Miller, whose “cat-” themed costumes for the team won a prize in the first round.  

Barbara Freed urgently needs someone with P.R. experience to help advise the Spring to Life committee. If you can help, or can suggest someone else who could, please contact Barbara.

Phyllis Lehrer congratulated Barbara Freed and Glen Gordon, both musicians participating in the Valley Light Opera presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard.

Raffle:  Tony Papirio won the wine and Miriam Dayton the $10.   
Activity:  Visit to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum on Friday, November 21, at  2:00 PM. Docent led tour of selected works including the current Matisse exhibit. Free.  Let Larry Siddall  know if you are interested at 549-0547 or  Parking is available near the museum across from the greenhouse or on the other side of the stream.  Directions: from route 116, turn left onto Park Street at the first stop light with the post office on the right. Turn right at the bottom of the hill next to the greenhouse.


The Rotary Club of Amherst, Massachusetts runs a multimedia auction involving the entire community. Local businesses donate their products, local celebrities host the TV auction, and the proceeds are returned to the community through charitable grants to agencies doing good throughout our area.  The Auction has already started online at; and the finale will be televised live on November 14, 6-9 pm & November 15, 12-9 pm.  

The Valley Light Opera presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, with performances on Fri.-Sun. November 14, 15, and 16 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Sunday performance at 2 pm, others at 8 pm.

The Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Theatre, directed by Therese Brady Donohue, will be presented on Saturdays on Nov. 15,22 at 2 p.m. and Fri-Sat. Nov. 28-29 at 2 p.m. and 3p.m. Tickets available in advance at 413-658-1126.

“Amherst Coming Together” - Friday Nov. 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Meeting House. A Community conversation with Barbara Love, with a light supper. A really good event!

Jones Library Book Fair, Sat, Nov 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jones Library.  Gently used books plus local authors including Dan Lombardo, former Curator of Special Collections.

Enjoy playing bridge? Come to the Amherst Senior Center on Wednesdays. Drop in from noon-3 p.m.



Psychologist Ginny Sanders  spoke on the near death experience. A Mount Holyoke alumna with a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard,  Ginny’s interest in the subject was awakened by reading the best-selling autobiographical book Proof of Heaven, a neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife, by Eben Alexander, M.D. published in October 2012. She expanded on her interest by reading a study of the subject, Life After Life, written by psychiatrist Raymond Moody,  a report on a study in which Moody interviewed 150 people who had undergone near-death experiences (NDEs. On the basis of his collection of cases, Moody identified a common set of elements in NDEs:

·         an overwhelming feeling of peace and well-being, including freedom from pain.

    (b) the impression of being located outside one's physical body.
    (c) floating or drifting through darkness, sometimes described as a tunnel.
    (d) becoming aware of a golden light.
    (e) encountering and perhaps communicating with a "being of light".
    (f) having a rapid succession of visual images of one's past.
    (g) experiencing another world of much beauty.

 Moody wrote a second book, Reflections on Life After Life, in 1977.

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                    
Linda Honan