A person who only gives his name as Perry has shared his experience of the afterlife – or lack of it. Perry took to the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) to reveal how he had almost died while drowning in icy water. Perry stated on NDERF’s website: “I was playing out on the ice with a couple of buddies, when I fell through the ice. My body was too shocked because of the cold water.
“I slowly started to fall deeper underwater while losing my breath. Eventually, I was coughing and inhaling too much water that I lost consciousness.”
It was then Perry technically died, and he believes he slipped into the afterlife.
While there, Perry stated he could feel his life slipping away from him.
Instead of seeing the bright lights and heavenly realms which people often talk about during a near-death experience, Perry stated that it was complete darkness and he had a real sense of absolute nothingness.
He continued: “After losing consciousness while drowning, I only saw darkness and couldn’t hear much of anything.
“I felt as if I were fading away. I was no longer attached to my body or anything else. It felt like I was floating in nothingness.
“My friend pulled me out of the water and immediately started performing CPR. At some point, I slowly started to regain an attachment to my body.
“I could hear him saying, ‘I’m never going to give up on you!’ Although, I could still not feel any body sensations.”
However, Perry believed it was his choice whether he wanted to return to this life, and stated: “I had the urge to go back. Then I had a sudden rush back into my body.”
Some researchers believe visions of an afterlife are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of life after death.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, said at an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
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