2016 Volume 15 Issue 1 Pages 105-123
Existing research, mainly conducted in the United States and Europe, shows that near-death experience can exert various aftereffects on near-death experiencers. This article examines the whole process of rehabilitation from neardeath experience experienced by near-death experiencers in Japan. Data was collected through qualitative interviews with nineteen informants who have near-death experience and analyzed by a modified grounded theory approach. Analysis reveals that rehabilitation is a process of adaptation and harmonious reduction of outcome from near-death experiences to the everyday life. Informants reflected such an extraordinary experience, giving new meaning to this experience, and some of them began new activities. Findings overlap with those of American studies and suggest the possibility that there may be a universal pattern of near-death experience to some extent.