Where we go after death? - Documentary
(Published on 31 Aug 2016)
LIFE after death has been "confirmed" by scientists who have discovered consciousness continues even once a person has died.
In a large-scale study of more than 2,000 people, British boffins confirmed that thoughts DO carry on after the heart stops.
The shocking research has also uncovered the most convincing evidence of an out of body experience for a patient declared dead.
It had been believed the brain stopped all activity 30 seconds after the heart had stopped pumping blood around the body and that with that, awareness ceases too.
However, the study from the University of Southampton shows people still experience awareness for up to three minutes after they had been pronounced dead
Lead 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’."
Of the 2,060 patients from Austria, the US and the UK interviewed for the study who had survived cardiac arrest, almost 40 per cent said that they recall some form of awareness after being pronounced clinically dead.
Dr Parnia continued: "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.”
Of those who said they had experienced some awareness, just two percent said their experience was consistent with the feeling of an outer body experience – where one feels completely aware and can hear and see what’s going on around them after death.
There’s nothing like death to make us think about life. We wonder, is this all there is? Is there life after death?
Is There Life After Death?
Most of the time we busy ourselves with living our lives. Even in difficult times, we seem to have a built-in sense of tomorrow—anticipating better times; working to fulfill expectations, goals and dreams. But our everyday thoughts and plans screech to a shocking stop when we’re suddenly faced with the possibility of our own death or when someone close to us dies or the life of a loved one is threatened.
When we’re jolted to the reality that life is fragile and temporary, we tend to rethink our values and priorities. We’re forced out of our comfort zones to reconsider questions for which we may have great difficulty in finding satisfactory answers.
What happens when it’s over? When it’s all said and done, is there still more to say and do? Is there life after death, or is this life all there is?
Almost half of the respondents said the experience was not of awareness, but rather of fear.
However, the most significant finding of the study is that of a 57-year old man who is perhaps the first confirmed outer body experience in a patient.
the man was able to recall with eerie accuracy what was going on around him after he had ‘died’ temporarily.
Dr Parnia continued: "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."