A MAN who temporarily died believes he had a glimpse of the afterlife, and saw what he described as an “endless void”.
A person named Schon suffered from Leukemia when he was a child, leading to a near death experience (NDE) which will equally amaze and terrify. After several months of fighting the disease, Schon became so thirsty that he began to convulse and was having seizure.
At this point, Schon believes he slipped into the afterlife, where he claims to have experienced euphoria.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Schon said: “At first very briefly, like a still image, I saw myself below me. I don’t remember specific details of seeing my body or the room, but what came next, I vividly remember.
“I transitioned to see a white, glowing space, similar to those commercials where the entire area is near-blinding white. However, there is no definition to the space, so it seemed like an endless void.
“I had no shadow, body, or physical form. I remember ‘looking’ around. I felt like I was in a jacuzzi because the light felt like heated water. It was a comforting, peaceful, free, and euphoric feeling despite that I had no physical form.
“It was like a camera that you see in the professional NFL games, that is floating around the field and can move in any direction. I felt amazing!”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”