According to a Gallup Poll, as many as eight million Americans have had at least one near-death experience. This fascinating phenomenon has been the focus of much investigation in recent years -- but its after-effects, the ways that near-death experiences can dramatically change both the personalities and lives of survivors for years to come, have never been explored in depth until now. Based on extensive interviews with over two hundred near-death survivors and thousands of their friends and relatives, Atwater, herself a "survivor" of three near-death experiences, examines the major positive and negative after-effects which survivors experience, including: * a shifted view of physical reality and disorientation in the world of time and space * expanded intuitive and psychic abilities * spiritual transformation * difficulty with communication and relationships and an inability to personalize emotions and feelings, especially those of love. COMING BACK TO LIFE also provides a specific recovery plan for assisting near-death survivors in their return to "ordinary living." It is a compassionate and invaluable resource for the survivors and those who love them.