Informed Consent

Welcome to the Near-Death Experience study web page. Before taking part in this study, please read the informed consent form below acknowledging that you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.



This study involves filling out four questionnaires that examine various aspects of near-death experiences and some of their aftereffects, and may be followed by a phone interview. The study is being conducted by Cheryl Fracasso, Ph.D., Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., and Harris Friedman, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Saybrook University, and is self-funded research. It has been approved by the Saybrook Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life). We have no affiliation with any government or other agency and our aim is only to try to better understand the dynamics of near-death experiences and some of their aftereffects in the hope that our findings may be helpful to individuals dealing with any integration issues.


Completion of the survey typically takes about 40-50 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participants will be asked to respond to a series of questions about various aftereffects associated with near-death experiences. All responses will be treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in summary form only. However, if you would like a copy of a summary of our findings, please feel free to provide your email address and/or contact us directly.


Participation is voluntary, participants may withdraw from the study at any time and may decline to answer any question if any discomfort is experienced with the question. Participants will not be paid to participate in this research study.

If you have any questions about this study or your rights as a participant, you may contact Cheryl Fracasso at nderesearch@hotmail.com. Questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant may also be directed to the Director of the Saybrook IRB at SIRB@Saybrook.edu.


If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the "I Agree" button to begin the survey. If not, thank you for your time.


PLEASE NOTE: ONCE YOU START THIS SURVEY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE YOUR RESPONSES AND RETURN TO IT AT A LATER TIME TO COMPLETE, PROVIDED THAT YOU COMPLETE IT FROM THE SAME COMPUTER YOU STARTED IT ON.


To re-enter the survey at a later time, simply come back to this survey site and it will take you to where you left off. Note, you can also use the "previous" button to see your previous answers and/or to change them or expand them. To save your answers, just make sure you hit the "exit survey" button. There is no password or login ID to return later, and you may access your survey at any time to expand upon your answers.


We thank you for your participation!

Cheryl Fracasso, Ph.D., Alumni, Saybrook University

Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut

Harris Friedman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Saybrook University

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* 1. Yes, I agree to participate in this study and understand my rights as a participant.

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