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Do doctors believe in life after death?

Updated on May 16, 2013
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"One minute after you die you will be either elated or terrified . . . and it will be too late to reroute your travel plans." Erwin Lutzer, from One Minute After You Die.

Doctors see death, and some doctors see it more often than others. When you start doing some research into life after death from the doctors perspective you hear some interesting stuff, and read intriguing accounts that just make you wonder how can people be so sure there isn't life after death? Take for instance the case of Dr. Lloyd Rudy a cardiologist. He gives an account of a man who was clinically dead for 20 + minutes. What he talks about is astonishing, and so much more so because of who he is.

In this hub we will discuss and look at what doctors have seen and experienced. It just might make a believer out of you.

"Where medicine ends, God begins". Dr. Mary Neal, To Heaven and Back

To Heaven and Back is a book about a spinal surgeon who has an accident while kayaking and drowns. While she is submerged under water for 15 minutes, her soul leaves her body and rises out of the water and looks down on the frantic scene below to save her life. What she experienced was bliss, and the ultimate joy with 15 wonderful beings on the other side. She said she feels tremendous gratitude for having the experience and looks forward to going back there when it is her time.

She said she never panicked or was afraid throughout the whole experience. As a doctor she said she kept doing assessments on herself, and even though she knew she was dying she was being reassured somehow. She says it was not a dream or a hallucination, because it was more real than anything you can experience here on earth.


Dr. Mary Neal author of To Heaven and Back

These doctors are very special for coming out and talking about their experiences. These NDE's (near death experiences) give some credence to consciousness without brain activity. Mind and body can separate, and not just during NDE's either. I had an experience with an elderly loved one who had Alzheimer's who became lucid for a very short time right before her death. It didn't last, but it was like one final gift they gave me before they passed on.

To Hell and back

There have also been accounts from those who say they went some place dark and very fearsome. They didn't have the universal "walking into the white light" experiences that most of us have heard about. Which makes me wonder if the mind is about thinking, could it be we get what we think will happen afterwards? If we do not believe in an afterlife we get oblivion. If we believe in an afterlife we get something spectacular. Or what if it is like Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet "To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub." The rub maybe suggesting nightmares? Oh my!

Then there is the case of Dr. Eben Alexander who has a very interesting NDE while having been in a coma for seven days from a bout with bacterial meningitis. His experience is intriguing to me, because he said his soul was basically a fleck on a butterfly wing flying, with all these other butterflies carrying other souls to a place outside this universe but that was full of this loving entity. The Irish have an old folk belief that butterflies are the souls of the dead. Could this have been his cultural belief, and like I mentioned in the previous paragraph what he expected to find once he past. I'd be interested to know if he was of Irish decent.

Some scientists still think that these experiences are just hallucinations due to a lack of oxygen to the brain cells. However, that does not explain the high level of functioning that is taking place during the experiences. Dr. Alexander doesn't think neuroscience has a good answer to what is going on here at all. One thing is evident to researchers and that is that the NDE could very well be the dying person's last dream before waking into their afterlife.

© Margaret Bennett

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    • Maggie Bennett profile imageAUTHOR

      Maggie Bennett 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Michele. That is interesting and I have heard of that happening before. Scary thought. Maybe I saw the same interview.

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very interesting hub. I saw an interview from an atheist who had been dead for 6 minutes. He went to hell, after he was revived, he became a Christian. All of that happened because he knew what hell was, the reality of hell. Interesting isn't it?

    • Maggie Bennett profile imageAUTHOR

      Maggie Bennett 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you. You are right about that.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      5 years ago from Norfolk

      A fascinating subject which will be debated forever.

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