The pre-death visions, conversations and transformational experiences of the dying have been recorded, or passed down from generation to generation, for eons. Scientific investigation into these experiences, however, commenced less than a century ago and research of this nature is continued by The Transformative End-of-Life Experiences Research Foundation, or TELERF, founded by Elaine.

During her presentations and workshops on this topic, Elaine shares the information gathered by TELERF with the aim of ensuring that experiences of this nature become acknowledged realities of the end-of-life process. Elaine considers this to be important, as these integral and valuable experiences associated with the end-of-life can bring great peace and comfort to those who have them. These experiences are exceptional in nature and should not be dismissed, misinterpreted or feared. Elaine focuses on the underlying commonalities of these experiences, the significance and impact of these visions and insights on the dying, and how important it is that we are aware of these events.

The first recorded case of a transformative, end-of-life experience that illustrated such visions and insights was recorded in Dublin, Ireland and published in 1926 by Sir William Barrett. It was the case of ‘Doris’.

Doris had just given birth to a healthy young baby boy. Although the baby was well, the young mother lay dying. Suddenly she became radiant, smiling broadly, and said “Oh lovely, lovely”. The attending physician was the wife of Sir William Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett, and she asked Doris what was so lovely. The patient, Doris, replied …

       “Lovely brightness, wonderful beings”

The young mother was completely enveloped by the vision and by

the realness of it all. Then, with joyful enthusiasm, she cried,

        “Why, it’s Father! Oh he’s so glad I am coming.

          It would be perfect if W. (the patient’s husband)

          would come too”

At this point the medical staff brought her newborn son to her. Whilst looking at the baby she asked aloud, “Do you think I ought to stay for the baby’s sake?” Then, focusing on the vision once more, she exclaimed, “I can’t – I can’t stay; if you could see what I do, you would know I can’t stay”. She turned to her husband saying, “You won’t let baby go to anyone who won’t love him, will you?” Doris then pushed her husband to one side, seemingly because he was blocking her view of the vision, and said, “Let me see the lovely brightness”. Then, while apparently looking at her deceased father standing very close by, she whispered, “I am coming”.

Suddenly, however, Doris appeared confused and exclaimed, “He has Vida with him, he has Vida with him!”  Vida was Doris’s sister who had passed three weeks earlier, but the young mother had not been told of her sister’s death. Vida’s passing had been kept from Doris because of her fragility and ill-health. Doris could not have expected to see Vida during her apparent visions of her deceased father, and of a life beyond, hence her moments of confusion.

It was this case that proved to be the catalyst for the first scientific investigation into pre-death visions and conversations by the Physics professor at the Royal College of Science in Dublin, Sir William Barrett. Investigations of this nature continue today under the TELERF umbrella and are appreciated by those with whom this work is shared,

“In her work, Elaine draws together the threads of near-death experiences and outstanding end-of-life experiences in a fascinating presentation of information which is both compelling and reassuring. Elaine presents this information in a brilliant and succinct manner. The workshops are riveting and leave one with a feeling of hope and an understanding that death is not final but rather transformational”. (Joy T.)