People have been taking to social news aggregator site Reddit to share their near death experiences (NDE) and some who have been classified as technically dead before being resuscitated say ‘dying’ was was a positive experience.
A user by the name ‘RaychelPotter’ claims she drowned at the age of nine before being resuscitated.
She says that she found the experience peaceful.
The user wrote: “While I was dead it was really nice. Pleasant.
“I chose to come back. I could have stayed dead. I know this life is worth living.”
While she says that being dead was nice, she adds that “I am in no way suicidal”.
However, she said: “I talk about death casually, happily. Sometimes I really want to talk about it. Positively.
“I look forward to it. I miss it. It was so nice.”
Another person, ‘Violettine’, agreed with RaychelPotter’s sentiment.
Although the user gives no detail on how they died or for how long for, they respond to the original post saying: “I chose to come back as well, but let me tell you I hesitated!
“I just wanted to be done with it at first (it wasn’t a suicide), but I’m glad I came back.
“I know what you mean and it made me smile because even though it does sound a bit creepy, it’s also beautiful because you mean it and not in a ‘suicidal/emo way’.”
This follows on from a newly released study which claims that you will know when you are dead.
A study has found that the dead person’s mind and consciousness continue to work, at least for a short time – meaning the deceased can recognise their own death.
Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest the ‘dead person’ may even hear their own death being announced as they lie on the operating theatre table.
Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, said people in the first phase of death may still experience some form of consciousness despite the brain’s losing basic functions.
He said: “Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts almost instantaneously.
“You lose all your brain stem reflexes — your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone.”
Dr Parnia and his team continue to investigate the pervasiveness of consciousness after death with twin studies in Europe and the United States who have suffered cardiac arrest, in the largest study of its kind.
He said: “In the same way that a group of researchers might be studying the qualitative nature of the human experience of ‘love,’ for instance, we’re trying to understand the exact features that people experience when they go through death, because we understand that this is going to reflect the universal experience we’re all going to have when we die.”