A near-death experience (NDE) is a spiritual, transcendental or other-worldly event that can occur during a clinical, imminent or possibly imminent death situation. The NDE can also occur while suffering from trauma or while having an intense desire to die.
The content of an NDE is highly diverse, but commonly include such elements as being out-of-body, seeing others who have died, experiencing peace, unconditional love, a life-review, an intensely beautiful realm and/ or all-knowing light or darkness. The experience may also be partly or completely distressing.
The NDE is often profound in its message(s) or meaning leading to lasting changes in the experiencer’s life. Emotions upon returning from an NDE can be intense, running a range from ecstatic joy to sadness or to anger over being sent back. A long period of integration typically follows an NDE.
Since the term “near-death experience” was coined by Dr. Raymond Moody in his book Life After Life, the International Association of Near-Death Experiences (IANDS.ORG) which was subsequently formed to research the experience, collected hundreds of accounts—25% of which came from people who said they had similar experiences, but were “nowhere near death.” IANDS calls these experiences “near-death-like” or NDLEs.
“Nearing Death Awareness” (NDA) refers to a dying person’s experiences in the last few weeks, days or hours before they die. These may include pre-death or death-bed visions or observations (DBOs) of seeing deceased loved ones or other beings.
Additionally, people who were present at a loved one’s passing reported that they were briefly taken with their loved one on his or her journey, but were sent back. Others reported feeling the emotions of the dying or dead loved one during their experience. These are called “Empathic Near-Death Experiences” or “Shared-Death Experiences” (SDEs). See [links] for more information.
An NDE is said to have “veridical” elements if the experiencer - while clinically dead or when conscious thought is supposedly impossible - observed events that were later verified by witnesses. NDEs, reported by young children, instant recoveries from fatal circumstances, sudden development of genius talents or psychic gifts and the experience of sight in the congenitally blind are convincing testimonies that consciousness extends beyond a physical or material existence.
One or more of the following experiences is frequently associated with NDEs, NDLEs and/or NDAs. It is not an exhaustive list, and some of these are more commonly associated with NDEs in Western cultures.
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