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Do You Think Near Death Experiences are Real?

Updated on November 7, 2014

The Show I Watched, "Life After Life"

Last night, I watched a National Geographic documentary on Near Death Experiences, or NDE. What I find so intriguing about NDE is that they have been occurring for thousands of years, and have been occurred in diverse demographics transcending race, religion, and culture.

Neurologists claim that NDE draw on past memories, or that the individual forms memories while they are in the process of dying. Some doctors say that the person really is in a heightened sense of alertness as they die, and that they are listening to the medical staff, and they may see things if their eyes are slightly open. Also, some doctors state that death is difficult to define. The body doesn't shut down immediately after the heart stops beating. There is still some electrical charge for up to 30 minutes past the heart stopping to beat. They also state that a person sees a white light because the brain is shutting down, and the light is like when an old television set shuts off, you see that small white light. Could all this be true?

I personally do think there is life after death, but I respect everyone's opinion, even if they don't agree with me. One of the reasons why I think NDE is real is because so many experiences have gone through and seen the same thing. Nearly all of the people see a bright light, they are in a tunnel, they see people who have passed, they feel an overwhelming sense of unconditional love, they may hear or see angels, Jesus, the Prophet Mohammed, God, etcetera.

People have seen these things, even thousands of years ago, when they haven't heard of other people who have gone through NDE. Why do nearly all the people see this? Why don't they imagine themselves at Walmart, or going bowling, or checking their mail? Now you know my to-do list is for the day. It seems to uniform to be just a matter of chance.

Please sound off in the comments whether or not you think NDE are real or false. There is no wrong opinion because we don't know for sure what is real or not. Please explain why you have came to that opinion.

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    • radhapriestess profile image


      4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      There are some people who talk to spiritual beings while having these experiences who tell the person about future events which have been documented in books that I read. The events end up happening. I have personally had visions and visits from spiritual beings in dreams and in the waking state and I receive help for a problem in my life the same day or the next day. My mother and sister saw a ghost of one of our relatives in a house of the relative's son. We are eternal beings and the soul survives. So many people have these experiences that we just can not dismiss them. People get details going around them that they should not be able to do in this state and yet they do. This shows we have consciousness beyond the body.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      Ian McCormack was near dead, he was dead and was resurrected. I met him today.

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      4 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      To the conscious mind nonexistence is inconceivable.We compensate by inventing immortality through religion,legacy,philosophy,and science.

      Near death is not the same as death,from which,by definition,there is no return.The closest approximation to understanding death is remembering before you were born...which is the state you'll return to when you die.

      Do I believe in NDE's?Absolutely...but let's not confuse them with death.

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      Karen Kay 

      4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      I read a book called "Life after Life" when I was in 7th grade and it had a profound effect on me. I absolutely believe!

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      Dr Pran Rangan 

      4 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Thanks for a nice hub. I have come across some people who had NDE.

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      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      I almost died once, but thankfully I had so much morphine in my system I probably thought I was Cher. If I had a NDE, I don't remember. If I went to heaven, and saw my best friend who died second before, I wouldn't have came back. I didn't take the morphine, I was given it by medics. NDE have always interested me.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting Hub and one that causes much discussion. I know it's real because I've been there - so beautiful I didn't want to come back!

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Justthemessenger - people have been told they were dead for 20 minutes or more. When they had their out-of-body experiences, they were able to describes scenes and conversations that went on while they were unconscious. This is how they knew they were dead.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      Watch the video I linked to above "justthemessenger" and you will find the answer to your question.

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      James C Moore 

      4 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Answer me this please: If you have never been dead before, at death, how would you know when you're near death?

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      Treathyl FOX 

      4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You write some very interesting articles Ms. Rose. A person starts to think as soon as they read the HUB title before they even get into the content. Also like the polls you include. There's no doubt in my mind that “near death” experiences are very real. A lot of people come real close to crossing over. Real close!! But they live to tell. :)

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 

      4 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      I once was so close to death my heartbeat was undetectable on the monitor. I saw nothing but did recall a pounding sound like a blacksmith pounding. I awoke and totally stunned the operating room doctors. Of course this was 1971 and instruments were not as precise as they are today. God has promised believers life in paradise follows death of our human body. Perhaps he has given some a glimpse of this to encourage others to believe. Interesting hub.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      This is the best one ever:

      This is the man I'm going to see tonight.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I believe in near-death experiences. Many people have told me of theirs. I've also done a lot of reading about the subject.

      Betty Edie, who has had several NDEs, has written books on the subject. Also, several websites exist: here is a main one (is it ok to provide a link?)

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      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      Funny, you wrote this as I am going to hear a speaker tonight who had an extensive NDE. His name is Ian McCormack. Some NDE's are real some are anything else in this world.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting and insightful. thank you for a great hub.


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