Really Dead or Nearly Dead?

Death Dying | 2 comments

Through his ongoing research, Raymond Moody has identified a number of attributes that each near death experience may include. These characteristics, and the qualities that those who have returned to life report include:

  • hearing sounds – buzzing
  • a feeling of peace, lightness and painlessness
  • having met people, often dead relatives
  • a sense of moving through a tunnel and emerging into the light
  • returning with different life values
  • meeting a spiritual being such as an angel or God
  • heightened sensitivity
  • having done a review of this life
  • floating out of the body – the OBE experience
  • no fear of death
  • an overwhelming sense of bliss, and
  • a reluctance to return to this life

Beginning the Conversation

Plenty of people reported their own experiences in my thesis research and their personal encounters of the zone between life and death encompassed most, if not all, of the qualities which Moody’s research has identified.


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  1. Karen

    I came close to death in a car accident. My car had spun out and I was about to hit a tree, and I thought, “This is it”. I thought about dying but I didn’t feel any fear, just a great sense of peace, calm, bliss. For just a moment I ‘saw’ the car spinning out with me in it.

    This all had to happen in a moment, but it seemed longer than that, especially that beautiful peace.

    Then I thought about my family and prayed to God to let me live or look after them for me and was back in the car. It hit the tree, but I was able to get out and walk to the nearest house for help.

    • Rosemary Breen


      What would you say is the legacy of your accident?

      Is there a longing to be ‘there’ or perhaps more gratefulness to be here?


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