For nearly twenty years, Laurin Bellg, MD has been present at the bedside of critically ill and dying patients. As she has worked to create an accepting and supportive relationship with them, her patients have shared with her the mysterious experience they sometimes have of apparently seeing beyond our physical world.
Dr. Bellg tells her patients’ engaging, powerful and sometimes humorous stories in her book, Near Death in the ICU: Stories from Patients Near Death and Why We Should Listen to Them, published in 2016 by Sloan Press. She also invites us to consider that bearing witness to a patient’s near-death experience is a respectful and important part of medical care, a way for families to support their loved ones, and an important part of the patient’s healing.
A board-certified critical care physician, Dr. Bellg is the Chair of Medicine and ICU Medical Director for two busy intensive care units in NE Wisconsin. Dr. Bellg has also contributed to other publications about near-death studies and is an invited speaker throughout the United States on the topic.