DEATH is an inevitable consequence of life, but scientists believe they may have found some light at the end of the tunnel.
Life after death has been “confirmed” by experts who say consciousness continues even once a person’s heart has stopped beating.
In a study of more than 2,000 people, British scientists confirmed that thought persists after death, and simultaneously uncovered convincing evidence of an out-of-body experience for a patient declared dead by medics.
Scientists had believed the brain ceased all activity 30 seconds after the heart stopped pumping blood around the body, and that awareness stopped at the same time.
But research from the University of Southampton suggests otherwise.
A new study shows people continue experiencing awareness for up to three minutes after death.
Speaking on the groundbreaking study, head researcher Dr Sam Parnia said: “Contrary to perception, death is not a specific moment but a potentially reversible process that occurs after any severe illness or accident causes the heart, lungs and brain to cease functioning.
“If attempts are made to reverse this process, it is referred to as ‘cardiac arrest’; however, if these attempts do not succeed it is called ‘death’.”
Out of the 2,060 patients from Austria, America and the UK interviewed for the study who had survived cardiac arrests, 40 per cent said they were able to recall some form of awareness after being pronounced clinically dead.
Dr Parnia explained the significance: “This suggests more people may have mental activity initially but then lose their memories after recovery, either due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory recall.”
Just two per cent of patients described their experience as being consistent with the feeling of an out-of-body experience — the sensation where one feels almost completely aware of their surroundings after death.
Around half of the study’s respondents said their experience was not one of awareness, but fear.
Perhaps the most significant finding of the study is that of a 57-year-old man believed to be the first confirmed out-of-body experience in a patient.
After suffering a cardiac arrest, the patient revealed he was able to recall what was taking place around him with eerie accuracy after temporarily dying.
Dr Parnia said: “This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating.
“In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat.
“This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.
“Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.”
Wow... death and the many aspects have always fascinated me. So it is then that time where people may see the light or other such common experiences that have been associated with death...
I remember reading this! Fascinating article sis! xo
This is a fascinating subject. When we pass away where does our 'energy' go?
The energy goes nowhere, it remains where it is always, the only thing that happens is that we lose the vehicle that the energy used to move within.
There is a separation of body and energy, which is sometimes confused with what we call the Soul.
Energy is always flowing irregardless of how many people live or die.
The so called Soul, which is really our consciousness, our individualized consciousness, until we learn that there is a Group consciousness and that consciousness is only One, separates, but does not forget the many lessons learned, and re-lives in other bodies, and sometimes remembers while in those bodies other experiences lived, or what we call most commonly "past lives experiences", which may be past or not, since we are multidimensional beings, or we may get glimpses of other or other's lifetimes, via the One Consciousness which links all of us.
We really never pass away, we are always in the here and now.
The bodies subjects as they are to corruption, age and function no longer, sooner or later, but what we consider ourselves to be, continues on...