A person named Fredrik suffered “clinical” death after experience severe head pain. Fredrik’s heart stopped beating temporarily, and while he was technically deceased, he believes he caught a glimpse of the afterlife before recovering. The Swedish man said he felt a release from his body and all the pain that comes with it.
Telling his experience on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Fredrik said: “I knew that I was dead. I felt no pain and I felt enormous freedom as I left my body.
“There was an enormous emptiness and silence that I had never heard before.
“I felt extremely strong feelings that I have never felt before. I did not want to go back to my body because in my body there was pain.
“I heard a voice that said, ‘It is not your time now.’ It was like I have heard that voice before.
“Then I started to hear my heartbeat. It was loud, almost like I was inside my heart.
“I knew I was going back to my body and then I started to feel extreme pain coming from the back of my head. Then I was back in my body.”
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.”