Death is something that comes to us all, and is the only certainty in life. This may explain why so many of us are intrigued by death and everything that comes with it. Questioning what happens after life is something to be celebrated because you are interested in life-changing events. Exploring near-death experiences is a good starting point because it is one of the few related events people can share.
This is the start of a series of blog posts relating to near-death experiences. Hopefully they can answer some of the questions plaguing your mind.
All of the information is taken from #WhatIs A Near-Death Experience? by Dr Penny Sartori.
‘For many, death is a taboo subject. We might think that death is for other people – perhaps the ill or the elderly – and not our concern. Until, that is, something drastic happens: perhaps our own diagnosis of terminal illness, a near-miss accident, or the death of someone we love. Given that death is the only certainty in life, it is strange that we rarely spend time thinking about it. Paradoxically, though, when we do contemplate what it means to die and we think about the process of dying, we open ourselves to discovering the essentials of living a fulfilled, connected life.
After a brush with death, many people report experience they find hard to put into words. This tongue-tie is often because what happened felt like no experience they’d ever had before. How can any of us describe something for which we have no tangible frame of reference? And if we can’t ourselves understand that experience, or expect that anyone else has been thorough it, how can we share it? The term for an experience that occurs in the moments between life and death is a ‘near-death experience’, or an NDE. Historically, many of those who’ve had one have been reluctant to talk about it. That’s something I want to change.
Advances in healthcare mean that, year on year, far more people are surviving cardiac arrest and critical illness than ever before. It is therefore highly likely that the numbers of people encountering NDEs will also increase. Learning from others who have been affected by NDEs can lead to great insights into the impermanence of life. This knowledge is incredible empowering, helping us to enjoy our lives while we have them, and soothing away our fears relating to death.’
From #WhatIs A Near-Death Experience? by Dr Penny Sartori.
This introduction is only the start of what NDEs can tell us. Take a closer look at Dr Penny Sartori’s research if you want to find more in-depth information about this subject.
The next blog post in the series which explores some of the common features of NDEs can be found here.
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