Death Experience Q&A

Q: I have a genuine fear of the death, dying moment, and what happens after death, I’m so terrified and I can’t get it out of my mind.  I’ve been thinking so deeply about how old I am now, like my life is so finite, and this fear is escalating in me and I can’t seem to stop it, no matter how much I meditate or pray.  I’m a 60 years old female who is careful with a balanced diet of good foods, regular exercise and do everything I can to keep myself in good health.

I would like advice on what happens at the moment of death, if people die in terror and incredible pain (which is what I’ve seen) And how long the terror lasts and when I die where will I end up as something tells me I might not end up where I hope to be in the Afterlife.  I don’t know why I feel this way and I’m hoping you can help me with this, I am a genuine caring person and always try to do the right thing and help people rather than harm.  Why am I so terrified of Death?  Can you help me please?

A: I have a good news for you. There is now a solid body of evidence on near-death experience showing that only 1-1.5% of experiences are negative, all the rest are very positive.

Source: Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8:203. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00203 >> Read full article

Results: “From our 190 reports who met the criteria for NDE (i. e., Greyson NDE scale total score >7/32), intensity (i.e., Greyson NDE scale total score) and content (i.e., Greyson NDE scale features) did not differ between “NDE-like” (n = 50) and “real NDE” (n = 140) groups, nor within the “real NDE” group depending on the cause of coma (anoxic/traumatic/other). The most frequently reported feature was peacefulness (89–93%). Only 2 patients (1%) recounted a negative experience. The overall NDE core features’ frequencies were higher in our retrospective anoxic cohort when compared to historical published prospective data.”

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