The 8 Fascinating But Eery Things You Experience When You Die

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We keep trying to make sense of death because we’re afraid of it. After all, how can we not be when all we have ever known is life? It’s always scary to step into change, and the more unknown that change is, the more daunting and unpredictable it feels.

Thankfully as time has gone on and science has advanced, we have been able to make death less of a mysterious thing. We now have a better understanding of some of the eerie but fascinating things that happen in our final moments. Here are the 8 most notable things based on the experiences of people who died and then came back.

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You See Yourself

Almost everyone that had a near-death experience, meaning that their heart stopped beating and flatlined, only to be resuscitated once again, reported an ability to step outside of their body.

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They explained that not only were they able to see themselves as they were floating in space, but they were also able to give accurate details of who was around, what they were doing and saying, and what was happening during the moments they were technically clinically dead. This raises questions as to whether our spirit is attached to our physical bodies or whether we float away from death when we die and go on to live in some sort of spirit world instead.

You See A Light

The expression of “seeing a light at the end of the tunnel” didn’t come out of nowhere. Seeing a light upon death is a common report by those who were brought back away from it. Just like we have seen in the movies, it’s true that they describe feeling welcomed into a warm, bright, and beautiful light.

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The intensity of the brightest of that light differs from person to person. Some people have described that light as “God.” Some of those who had enough time to step into it also described finally getting the answers to all sorts of questions about the universe. They explained that everything was connected and that it all finally made sense. The light was so reassuring, that some didn’t want to leave it come to be brought back to life.

You See Your Life Flash Before Your Eyes

Seeing your life flash before your eyes also is a true statement. This phenomenon has been the subject of many scientific studies.

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Wendel Moretti/ Pexels

A recent study’s most notable discovery was that for about 30 seconds before and after a man’s heart stopped beating from cardiac arrest, activity increased in the parts of the brain associated with memory recall, meditation, and dreaming. This information supports a theory known as”life recalls” which suggests that we do really relieve our whole life in seconds, or a flash, just before we die.

Our eyes begin to move rapidly, like REM sleep, while accessing memories. This shows that, as more and more studies are revealing, the brain remains active during and immediately after death

You See Your Dead Loved Ones

Perhaps one of the most heartwarming reports of what happens after death is that people report being able to see and interact with loved ones who have passed away, even if it’s for a short visit. They can’t necessarily control who they will encounter but often times it’s a relative or dear friend who appeared to them.

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Mike B / Pexels

Some have even been told to go back to life as it was not yet their time to join them in the afterlife. Perhaps our lost loved ones really are watching over us somewhere from beyond until we join them one day.

It All Fades To Black

There is no way to guarantee for sure what exactly will happen to each of us upon death. It’s possible that the experience will be relative to the person. Not all near-death experiences have been positive.

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Some say that death was nothing but fading to black. In some cases, they said it felt like a deep sleep, without dreams.

This is the worst fear for some of us. It would mean that our whole lives end up being meaningless and truly end as our physical bodies decay. It’s hard to believe that our bodies simply rot and our souls along with them. But, this can also be motivation to live as full of a life as possible while we are still alive.

You Float Outside Of Your Body

Almost every person who reported having a moment in which they were clinically dead, reported that they were able to float outside their physical body in spirit. This is something people have been trying to do while alive but sleeping, calling it astral projection.

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Bruce Christianson / Unsplash

Astral projection is a practice of leaving the body safely. There are numerous guides that teach people how to leave their bodies on command. It starts out by practicing lucid dreaming, or the ability to control your dreams. While this may be experienced differently when sleeping versus when dead, it can simulate the experience to give you an idea of what to expect!

You Can See Everyone Around You, Even Unconscious

One of the fascinating discoveries is of people reporting being to see and hear everything that happened around them while they were unconscious even though they weren’t able to respond.

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RODNAE Productions /Pexels

One person, in particular, mentioned that they were able to see the green-haired paramedic that was sitting by them as they lay unresponsive. Days later, upon gaining back consciousness, she saw him again in real life. She approached him to ask. She said he seemed astonished because there was no way she should have been able to see him. Perhaps we tap into a sixth sense we’re not even aware of when we die.

Your Energy Lives On Even When You Die

This list was mostly compiled based on the experiences of real people upon their clinical death. But according to science and the first law of thermodynamics, no energy gets created in the universe and none is destroyed.

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Riccardo Annandale / Unsplash

This means that we die, our energy doesn’t die with us, it continues to exist. Make of that what we will. But let it be known that we are a part of something bigger and time and space aren’t as simple as have structured them to be.

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Aria Misty

Aria Misty is a recent university grad. She did her undergrad in media, information & technoculture with a Master in Journalism & Communications in 2018.

Aria has a particular interest in all things astrology and spirituality. This is driven by her desire to create healing. In fact, Aria went back to school for A master’s in counseling p[…]