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Dannion Brinkley


Brinkley’s efforts have become widely known.  He has recruited so many volunteers that he has single-handedly reinvigorated the hospice movement in the United States”.


This is a quote from Era Three Medicine, by Larry Dossey, MD   Co-chair, Panel on Mind/Body Interventions National Institutes for Health


Chairman of the Board for Compassion in Action











Dannion Brinkley is author of the international bestseller Saved by the Light and At Peace in the Light. Made into a television motion picture, Saved by the Light has been seen in over 30 countries.

Dannion is loved and respected worldwide for his inspirational lectures on the Near-Death Experience, Palliative and Hospice Care, Complementary and Alternative Healing Practices, and self-awareness. Having survived numerous brushes with death, Dannion is an expert in the dying process.  He was twice struck by lightning and has since survived heart failure, open-heart surgery, ruptured subdural hematomas, brain surgery and a massive seizure. 

That first lightning strike, which left Dannion clinically dead for 28 minutes, radically changed his life. Dannion became a hospice and nursing home volunteer.  In the past 24 years of volunteer service, he has been at the bedside of over 320 people at the moment of their last breath and has accrued, personally, over 14,000 hours at the beside during their final months, days, and hours of life. These years of hands-on experience qualify him as a leading expert in the grief and bereavement process as well as being an authority in the field of necrophobic reduction.

For more than 20 years, Dannion has investigated the integration of conventional medicine and complementary healing modalities.  Through his study with music and vibrational healing, Dannion helped develop conscious awareness and the need for vibro-tactial response equipment to the hearing-impaired.  He helped sponsor the first music therapy symposium for the handicapped at the St. Valerie School of Medicine in Montpellier, France in 1980. 

 As a member of the National Institutes of Health’s ad hoc committee, he assisted in research and preparation of The Chantilly Report and the formation of the Office of Alternative Medicine.

  In October 1999, Dannion Brinkley and Ira Byock testified in support of improved end-of-life care before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee on Government Reform. 

 Dannion has presented comment multiple times before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medical Policy and the National Institutes for Health. Among which are his presentation in October 2000, “Improving End of Life care with Complementary and Alternative Medicines”, July 2001, “You Cannot Drug A Child to Safety: Ways of Reducing Stress in America”  and December 2001, “Prayer; The Ultimate Complementary Healing Tool”

 On October 11, 2001 Dannion provided testimony “Describing Death in America” to the National Cancer Advisory Board for the Institute of Medicine. 

 In October 2000,  Dannion  Brinkley participated in the meeting on The Science and Spirituality of Healing .  This very special meeting was co-sponsored by Duke University Medical Center/Duke Clinical Research Institute, the Duke and Wake Forest Divinity Schools, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Lawrence S. Rockefeller and the Rockefeller Family Foundation, and Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray Medical Center. 

 Dannion is co-founder of Compassion in Action – The Twilight Brigade (CIA), an international organization that recruits, trains, and places volunteers, with the goal of providing companionship during the last months of life. With more than 76 million Baby Boomers now confronting the mortality of their relatives and friends many of whom are Veterans, this program is providing a much-needed link to assure quality in end-of-life care. 

 As the son of a World War II disabled veteran, and being a veteran himself, Dannion crusades for Veterans’ issues.  With over 38,000 WWII veterans leaving this world every month, Compassion in Action is in partnership with 14 different Veteran facilities in the U.S.  CIA volunteers have dedicated over 63,000 hours in VA’s, hospitals, hospice and nursing homes since July 1, 2000.

 Dannion was nominated for the NATIONAL HOSPICE and PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATIONS’ Heart of Hospice Award in 2001.

 Compassion in Action was chosen to be included in the December 2000 issue of Oprah’s O Magazine segment on Volunteerism. 

 Dannion is a board member of Volunteers for Inter-America Development Assistance (VIDA), an organization in Central and South America that promotes prenatal and natal care, as well as orphanage development and support.

 Dannion’s amazing story and insights have earned him appearances on Oprah, Larry King Live, CNN World News, Unsolved Mysteries, the BBC, and many other international television and radio shows, including Art Bell’s Coast to Coast and Dreamland. At present, Dannion is developing a television series and a made for TV movie.  Dannion’s next book will be published in 2002.   

 Dannion lives in South Carolina.  With an animated, colorful style that’s woven with humor and compassion, he continues the quest for the evolution of consciousness through his near-death experiences and hospice work.


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