Extracted from The Wisdom Of Near-Death Experiences by Dr Penny Sartori

As a nurse, I’m always cheered when I see a patient who appears to be making a good recovery. That certainly seemed the case with 60-year-old Tom K, who’d been suffering from sepsis after surgery for cancer.

After a couple weeks in the intensive care ward, he was well enough to be moved from his hospital bed to a chair. Moments later, however, he suddenly slumped into unconsciousness.

There was no doubt at all that he was out cold. He responded neither to my urgent questions nor to the painful pressure of my Biro on his fingernails.

Worse still, his skin became clammy, his oxygen levels dropped and his blood pressure plummeted — clear signs that his condition had become critical.

As I quickly gave him extra oxygen, I called out to the other nurses in the intensive care unit. Four of them immediately flocked to Tom’s bedside, and we gently helped return him to his bed as we called for a doctor urgently.

He was still unresponsive when the doctor arrived, followed a few minutes later by a consultant.

Indeed, Tom didn’t regain full consciousness for another three hours.

Yet, during those three lost hours, he had apparently gone on a life-changing journey. His first sensation, he told me afterwards, was of ‘floating upwards to the top of the room. I looked down and I could see my body on the bed. It was lovely, so peaceful — and no pain at all.’

In the next moment, the hospital ward had disappeared and he’d entered a pink room, in which his father was standing next to a man with ‘long black scruffy hair and nice eyes.’ For a time, Tom talked telepathically with his father.

At some point, he became aware that something was touching him. Once again, he was back on the hospital ward ceiling — looking down at me and the doctor.

I was putting a lollipop-shaped instrument into his mouth to clean it, he recalled later.

He could also see a woman beyond the cubicle curtains, who kept twitching them to check on his condition.

Indeed, I can personally verify that everything Tom ‘saw’ while unconscious was 100 per cent accurate — down to the swab I used to moisten his mouth and the names of the consultant and of the physiotherapist lurking behind the curtains.

While all this was going on, Tom heard the man with the scruffy hair say: ‘He’s got to go back.’ This came as a blow: he remembers desperately wanting to stay.

Shortly after that, he told me, ‘I was floating backwards and went back into my body on the bed.’

His pain was excruciating, but he could still vividly recall how peaceful he had felt in that pink room. ‘Pen,’ he told me, ‘if that’s death, it’s wonderful.’

This near-death experience had two significant effects on his life. First, Tom says, it completely removed any fear of dying.

Even more extraordinary is what happened to his right hand, which had been frozen since birth into a claw-like position.

(This had been noted on his hospital admission form, and his sister has since signed a statement confirming it.)

Yet, in front of me, soon after his near-death experience, Tom opened and flexed that same hand. This should not have been physiologically possible, as the tendons had permanently contracted. What had caused this sudden, seemingly spontaneous healing? Even now, science has no answers.

Take, for instance, the case of Fred Williams, a Swansea pensioner in his 70s who was suffering from the final stages of a terminal heart problem.

One night in hospital, he lost consciousness and we feared he was about to die.

But he somehow managed to keep his faltering grip on life. And when he eventually came to, I noticed at once that he looked very happy. My colleagues also remarked on this.

All the time this was happening, I felt fine: full of joy, peaceful, gently floating towards brilliant light.

By the following morning, Fred had recovered sufficiently to see his anxious relatives.

To their astonishment, he told them that he’d been visited — while unconscious — by his mother and grandmother, both of whom were dead, as well as by his (living) sister. They’d just stood by his bedside, keeping vigil. ‘I couldn’t understand why my sister was there as well,’ he remarked.

Unknown to him, his sister had actually died the week before!


But possibly the most extraordinary case I know of personally is that of a Moroccan woman in her late 30s, who ran a clothes business.

In November 2009, Rajaa Benamour had an anaesthetic injection for minor surgery, after which she found herself mentally scrolling through her entire life, right back to her birth. This was followed by what she could only describe as a rapid review of the creation of the universe. After being discharged from hospital, she started trying to find books about what she’d learned during her vision.

Eventually, she realised that she had somehow acquired an in-depth understanding of quantum physics — despite never having previously known anything about the subject.

This motivated her to study the subject at university level.

The professor in charge of her studies was astounded. The knowledge she’d already acquired, he said, could not have come either from studying student textbooks or taking a quick course.

Stranger still, he was puzzled by some of her scientific theories — yet they’ve since been confirmed by papers published in physics journals.

Penny Sartori began her eight-year study as a cynic. But by the time it ended, she was convinced that near-death experiences are a genuine phenomenon

As a staff nurse who’s worked in intensive care at British hospitals for 17 years, I’ve seen thousands of patients die.

Some were heavily drugged or hooked up to numerous machines; many were no longer able to speak.

I began reading about death — and eventually came across the concept of near-death experiences, or NDEs, I decided to embark on a PhD on near-death experiences, while continuing to work in intensive care.

I began my eight-year study as a cynic. But by the time it ended, I was convinced that near-death experiences are a genuine phenomenon.

So what exactly is a near-death experience? At its simplest, it’s a clear and memorable vision that occurs when people are close to death — 

As the person ‘leaves’ his body, he may hear a buzzing, whistling, whirring or humming sound, or a click. Another common component of NDEs is a beautiful garden with lush green grass and vividly coloured flowers. There may be a stream or river in the background. Some people enter the garden, while others reach a gate or barrier — and know that they’ll die if they go through it.

Throughout an NDE, hearing and sight become more acute, and awareness is heightened. Often, the experience has been described to me as ‘realer than real’.

Time ceases to have meaning. In many cases, it feels as if the vision has lasted for hours though the person may have been unconscious for only a few seconds or minutes. Sometimes, it feels as if time speeds up; sometimes it goes slower.

Yet NDEs are not a new phenomenon at all; they’ve been reported throughout history.

They also feature in some of the greatest books in history — including the Bible; The Republic, by the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato; and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, an ancient religious text about the interval between life and rebirth. It’s only in the past few decades, however, that scientists have tried to discover what causes NDEs.

In my own study, for instance, just 17.9 per cent of people who survived a heart attack had been through an NDE.

Indeed, when I analysed my research, I found that pain-killing and sedative drugs, particularly at high levels, seem to make it less likely that a patient will have an NDE.

In other words, well-meaning doctors who over-sedate dying patients may be denying them a natural and comforting final vision.

Some people undoubtedly become more spiritual after experiencing one — 

Others feel that their particular religion no longer adequately supports what was ‘revealed’ or felt during their NDE.

Regardless of what they believe, though, they generally become more considerate of others.

Marie-Claire Hubert, a nurse who had an NDE when she was hospitalised with meningitis, went through a tunnel and emerged to find dead family members, former patients and even long-dead pets.

Now, she says: ‘I know for certain we do meet our loved ones eventually. It’s made me a better person and I try to do at least five kind things a day for other people.’

For some, their experience of what has been described as ‘unconditional love’ makes them re-evaluate what they do with their lives.

Quite a few have actually retrained to become nurses or doctors or started doing voluntary work in a hospice.

Disturbing in a different way were accounts from people who’d developed psychic tendencies after having a near-death experience. One woman told me she could subsequently foresee ‘bad things’ that were going to happen, and even predict when people were going to die.

This has so traumatised her that she now rarely goes out — and then only when wearing headphones so that she can play loud music to distract her from her thoughts.

A colleague of mine who had a NDE at nine years old claims to have similar powers.

She says that ever since her vision, she’s been able to ‘read other people’s minds’ — which distresses her because she feels it’s morally wrong.

Could there be far more to approaching death than scientists have ever acknowledged?


 Source: DailyMail 

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  • part 2 of the NDE discussion is here for those interested:


    • Thanks Star....This is such an interesting topic to me....am always looking for answers....

    • You are welcome:)

  • You're most welcome, Avatar...I'm happy to share this.

  • Good to hear you were able to find peace :) There is always a deeper meaning behind death, a process whereby the soul is able to return fully to freedom and love...

    According to recent studies, university researchers claim to have produced compelling scientific evidence that NDE happens.

    Dr Pim van Lommel  from the Rijnstate Hospital in Arnhem, Holland, investigated the experiences of 344 heart patients resuscitated after cardiac arrest.

    All had been clinically dead at some point during their treatment, says a report in The Lancet today.

    Sixty-two patients reported NDE, of whom 41 described a deep experience during a special state of consciousness. 

    Dr Sam Parnia, a clinical research fellow at Southampton University who made similar findings earlier this year, called the latest report 'very exciting'.In the past it has been assumed that consciousness comes to an end when the brain stops functioning, but there may be some kind of independent existence,' he said.

  • Thank you for this awesome post.  It was good for me to read.  Three times I have had near death experiences and reading about others has confirmed that all of the things I experienced when released from my body and having to be medically revived due to my heart stopping.  I do not often talk about my experiences but they are always vivid in my mind.  At one time I chalked off all of my experiences to hallucinations from lack of oxygen, but now I am not so sure.  It is comforting to know that others have had similar things happen to them.  Since the NDEs I have no fear whatsoever of passing, that much I can tell you.  The liberation from the body is so joyful that I cannot find words to describe it at all, to me it was like a whole body orgasm of pure joy and release is the way I can describe it..The intense love I felt as I emerged from a very dark tunnel was so overwhelming that I never wanted to go back to my body or my life at all...I had a life review as others have shared before and I knew and felt the pain of some of the mistakes I had made that had inadvertently hurt people who I cared for and loved and it was so very painful.  I felt their pain, I really did, and judged myself very harshly but then I forgave myself because I never meant to cause anyone pain...

    .I felt that I had failed somehow but then a voice inside me said that it was all a part of my growth and that no harm had really been done...that made my emotions feel a little better.  Each time I came out of my NDE with a searing pain and the feeling of being electacuted (as the paramedics applied the paddles to my heart).  Each time I "passed" it was due to my heart stopping so each time I came back with a jolt.  It seemed like I had been out of my body but it was less than a minute one time, but it seemed like an eternity and I DID NOT want to come back at all.  I came back with a bad depression the first time because I was very angry that I was brought back, and that depression lasted almost a month....but I came around and continued on in my life, and was more careful not to say hurtful things in anger as I had done in the past.  The memory of feeling the pain I caused love ones with my angry words never left me.  

    The last NDE I had was three years ago when my heart stopped during knee replacement surgery...That one was by far the most profound...I now have a Do Not Resusitate order on file at the hospital because if I "pass" again I do not want to come back....So frustrating hearing in your "mind" that is not your time yet and that you must go back.  I could pass at anytime due to my heart beat problems but that does not make me worry....I figure when it is time, it will be my time...Till then I will live my life as best as I can.....

    • Thanks for sharing your NDE, Marique....

      Several NDEers, if not all, have noticed that when they travel through the astral tunnel and out into the light of the manasic plane, where they "see" the lightbodies of relatives, friends and sometimes Ascended Masters, etc, they also note a startling fact which leaps out in it's strangeness, albeit like an old "ah-ha..!" moment of familiarity and that is the presence of colours beyond the usual seven of the visible spectrum, in 3D...Colours they cannot possibly describe while back in the physical body, but remembered well, while in the light body....The strangeness of it is that upon returning, there is absolutely no visible reference point to use, for these five additional colours of the rainbow....So a visible spectrum "rainbow" of 12-colours, but the ones that are not also seen here in 3D, are completely undescribable, using language, or even using a mix of colours...

      Do you remember seeing 12 colours of the visible spectrum, yourself...?? Interesting to know... ;-)

      Cheers, Drekx

    • Yes, I saw colors and felt colors and smelled colors like I cannot even describe on coming back...I can so relate with language not even being able to describe the things I experienced...words cannot contain all that I felt....I felt loved more than I could ever conceive or articulate.  I felt excitement I cannot describe, and I had the most awesome ah-ha moments...when I came out from the squeezing darkness it was like every question and every thing I ever wondered about was answered all at once....and I felt inside...yesssss now I know...I was so amazed beyond anything I could explain....I saw flowers of colors I had never seen and will not see until I pass again.  The flowers gave off the most wonderful and haunting melodies, and the smell was so stupendous that that it filled me and I felt the smell inside of me, and I WAS the flowers for a bit, it was like I had melded with them, and I saw other things that were translucent and in an irredescent glow and I FELT those "creatures" and felt what it was like to BE them and they contained pure joy and a sound so sweet it brought such an emotion in me....It was all so very profound....everything I viewed I became......That is why I did not want to leave.  It was glorious beyond glorious and it felt like I had come home....I retained enough of the experience to get angry for being brought back though...I had a rough time with that....I wanted to go back but knew if I killed myself I would somehow taint that or that is what I felt would happen....It had to be my time...that is what I kept hearing in my head....Not my time (dammit).  So now I just wonder what my reason for being still here is.  I am sure that there is a purpose....just not so sure what that is....I have a faint memory in my mind though that haunts me....I think it is in a future time....I am sitting on a large rubble like boulder and sitting before me are all sorts of injured and very sad people and it seems that I am teaching them something.....that is all I can see ahead....maybe some day it will make sense...who knows....

    • Dear Marique...Well what you describe, so well I might add, is classic NDE and sounds and feels spot on...In a manner, the divine law of forgetfulness is waived, so you remember some aspects, YET, the full meaning is not always retained...and you remember, REMEMBERING the full picture....yet it seems eclipsed partially, now..

      Of course, if you have another NDE it will all come back....But that data is still there in your subconscious, while in the flesh....You can retrieve it, if you meditate upon it...

      Thanks for sharing such an illuminating account with us...

      Regards, Drekx

    • Thank you for sharing this with us... its remarkable and wonderful that you were able to come back to share your unique NDE story with others. 


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