The afterlife is a glowing place where one is completely at peace, according to a person who had an NDE. The person who only gives her first name, Elaine, had her NDE when she was younger while she was swimming. Elaine said she struggled to stay afloat in the sea after a wave hit her.
Shortly after the wave, Elaine inhaled water which led to her close call with death.
Writing on the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Elaine said: “Everything became very peaceful and non-threatening.
“I remember a life review and seeing events in my short life as they went through my brain.
“I saw events in my life such as trips to my grandmother’s house.
“I was in the dark and saw a light at the end of what seemed like a tunnel. I felt like I was being pulled to the light and I knew once I got there I would have crossed over.
“I was never scared or afraid but was reassured that everything would be all right. As I got close to the light, a grid came down in front of me and stopped me from going any further.”
Suddenly, Elaine snapped back into her body, where she woke up coughing up water.
However, her spiritual journey did not end there, as she said: “I started dreaming a lot more after that and having almost prophetic dreams.”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
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“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”
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