A study of over 2,000 people has shown that consciousness exists after death.
A University of Southampton (UK) study shows that we continue to experience thoughts up to three minutes after being pronounced dead.
Close to 40% of patients studied reported a level of awareness after being pronounced clinically dead.
Lead researcher Dr Sam Parnia said: “This suggests more people may have mental activity initially but then lose their memories after recovery, either due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory recall.”
One patient was able to give accurate details of what was happening around him during the time he was clinically dead.
The importance of this experience is confirmed by Dr Parnia: “This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating.
“In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat.
“This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.
“Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.”