Near-death experiences (NDEs) are reported by about 17% of those who nearly die. NDEs have been reported by children, adults, scientists, physicians, priests, ministers, among the religious and atheists, and from countries throughout the world.
While no two NDEs are the same, there are characteristic features that are commonly observed in NDEs. These characteristics include a perception of seeing and hearing apart from the physical body, passing into or through a tunnel, encountering a mystical light, intense and generally positive emotions, a review of part or all of their prior life experiences, encountering deceased loved ones, and a choice to return to their earthly life.
Jeffrey Long, MD
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Penny Sartori, PhD
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Dr Pirn van Lommel, MD Ruud van Wees, PhD, Vincent Meyers, PhD, Ingrid Elfferich, PhD
Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in the Blind: A Study of Apparent Eyeless Vision (1997)
Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., Sharon Cooper, M.A., University of Connecticut
A Review of Near-Death Experiences (1993)
Dr. Michael Schröter-Kunhardt, Psychiatrist, Germany