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Term: near death experience

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Near Death Experience: A phrase coined by Dr. Raymond Moody to describe the experiences reported by people who clinically die (or come very close to death) and are then revived. Only a small percentage of people who are revived report having such experiences. Although the most well known of such experiences includes “moving toward the light” at the end of a tunnel and being welcomed by deceased relatives or spiritual beings, other less than positive experiences have been reported, too.Donald Michael Kraig

Near Death Experience:

People near death, and sometimes those who have been resuscitated after dying, report common experiences of peacefulness followed by separation from the body. At first there is darkness then seeing a source of light and moving into the light, sometimes through a tunnel. At this point, many turn or are turned to move back into the body. Sometimes they see family and friends, and other times a "presence," who all advise that it is not yet the time for the person to pass over. Other times there may be a review of the lifetime and a decision made by the person to return to complete unfinished business. It is nearly always a very positive and transformative experience, giving the person a much greater appreciation of life.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Also See: NDEN.D.E.

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