More Evidence that Near-Death Experiences are Real and Diminish the Fear of Death

Near Death Out of BodyBuck Rogers, Staff Writer
Waking Times 

Is Death Really Something to Fear?

Here is a story of Tom Kennard, a 60-year old intensive care patient who went on a life-changing journey during a 3 hour stretch of unconsciousness. To nurses and doctors, Tom’s condition seemed critical, with plummeting blood pressure and oxygen levels, but, Tom’s mind traveled into an alternate dimension where he spent time with his dead father. Tom’s experience included telepathic communication with his father and feelings of calmness and peace. After some time, Tom was brought back to his hospital room by sensations experienced by his physical body, and woke up.

Many dying patients are in pain and discomfort, but the ones who’ve experienced near death, such as Tom in the story above, find that once they start crossing over into what’s next, they become very peaceful, even joyful, and free of their physical ailments. Because of this, a near-death experience (NDE) has a profound effect on most of the persons that have them and often removes their fear of dying.

NDEs have also been known to affect people in other ways, such as spontaneously healing either physical or psychological ailments. In Tom’s example, he was able to move his right hand after the NDE, which had been frozen since birth into a claw-like position. This was verified with the hospital admission form and by Tom’s sister, although the doctors didn’t have any rational explanation for the change.

Another NDE story is of Fred Williams, a man in his 70s suffering from a terminal heart problem. One night, he became unconscious, and his doctors feared he would die. But Fred lived through the night, and by morning had improved to the point of being able to have visitors. When his family came to see him, he told them that while he was unconscious he was visited in his visions by his deceased mother, grandmother and sister (who he thought was still living although she had died a week prior, unbeknownst to him). The family never told Fred that his sister had passed on. Within a week of his NDE, Fred also died.

Yet another NDE story is of Rajaa Benamour, a Moroccan woman in her 30s. Following a bad reaction to an anaesthetic injection for minor surgery, Rajaa experienced a rapid flashback of her entire life as well as, what seemed to her, a review of the creation of the universe. She began to seek a deeper understanding of what happened to her and found that her NDE had left her with a strong knowledge of quantum physics. Although she had never studied the subject and previously knew little about it, she enrolled to study quantum physics at university level and astounded her professors. Rajaa developed then yet unconfirmed theories that have since been verified by others.

Is Death All That Bad?

Is death really so terrible? When we delay death with machines and drugs are we doing it for the person dying, because of their fear of what is on the other side, or for the other people who want the person to remain in their lives, regardless of the discomfort and suffering of the dying person?

The stories above are recollected by British intensive care nurse Penny Sartori in her book The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences, although some names may have been changed. Sartori has seen thousands of patients die and decided to research NDEs as she started to question why we are so afraid of death and often feel we must do everything we can to delay it.

“People who’d experienced these strange and intense visions all seemed to be saying the same thing: death is nothing to fear. Could they be right? My scientific training told me that NDE’s were almost certain to be hallucinations. Or wishful thinking.” ~ Dr. Penny Sartori

To understand people’s irrational fear of death, Sartori decided to pursue a PhD on near-death experiences while she continued at the ICU at her hospital.

“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.”

Parallels In Many Near-death Experiences

Any clear visions and memories that a person experiences when they are close to death can be considered a NDE. These visions are rare, and most people that become unconscious while in a critical condition won’t have them, but people who have lived through a NDE find some parallels: moving down a tunnel towards a bright light; seeing dead relatives; and experiencing out-of-body sensations such as flying up to the ceiling or watching from a corner of the room. Even though these experiences are very rare, and many patients don’t report them because they don’t want to be ridiculed or psychoanalyzed, researchers agree that at least one of these components is present in all NDEs.

Other common components of NDEs include: lush green gardens with a gate that symbolizes passing into the other realm – dying; heightened awareness, hearing and sight; and no meaning of time, for example visions that last hours often occur within a few minutes of unconsciousness. Sartori compiled these similarities from letters from thousands of NDE survivors that wrote to her during her studies as her work became public.

What Role Does The Brain Play?

Over the last few decades, scientists have been searching to find the cause of NDEs. A common theory is that it is an anomaly in the brain while it is starved of oxygen, although Sartori believes that this is very unlikely:

“As oxygen levels reduce in the blood, the brain becomes increasingly disorientated, confused and disorganised. I’ve witnessed this happening many times. And I can assure you that when most patients regain consciousness, they’re usually dazed and bewildered. This is in complete contrast to those who’ve had an NDE. With great clarity, they report structured experiences that, in many cases, remain vivid in their minds for decades. In other words, not at all what one would expect from a disorganised brain with greatly reduced blood flow.”  -Sartori’s book The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences

Sartori offers examples in her book of two NDE survivors who had blood extracted during their NDEs, which showed that oxygen levels were normal. She also argues that for the oxygen theory to be true, all cardiac arrest patients should have a NDE, although her study found that only 17.9% of heart attack survivors in her sample group went through such experiences.

Other theories that Sartori discredited during her search to find the answer to what causes NDEs include:

–        NDEs are a side-effect of high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood; which is unlikely because this would lead to twitching and spasms in the muscles, which does not happen during NDEs.

–        NDEs are hallucinations, triggered by drugs; which Sartori says isn’t possible because 20% of her sample group with NDEs wasn’t given any drugs.

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.”

–        NDEs are caused by endorphins released by the body at time of death; which is unlikely since visions at time of death are rare, and if this were true everyone who nearly died would experience them.

READ: The Brain Does NOT Create Consciousness

Although Sartori does not have all the answers, her extensive study of the subject has given us a little more insight about NDEs and how they change people. Some similarities in people after they’ve survived a NDE include: decreased fear of dying; spiritual or religious reassessment; better conduct towards others; and sometimes even a reevaluation of their life’s work. Sartori also found other, although less common, quite odd side effects in many NDE cases: sensitivity to electricity, problems with wristwatches to where they do not work, and development of psychic abilities.

After 8 years of research and study, hundreds of analyzed cases, and many first-hand experiences in the ICU, Sartori believes there is more to death than mainstream science has recognized. What do you believe? Is there more to the experience of dying, or are all NDE survivors delusional?

About the Author

Buck Rogers is the earth bound incarnation of that familiar part of our timeless cosmic selves, the rebel within. He is a surfer of ideals and meditates often on the promise of happiness in a world battered by the angry seas of human thoughtlessness. He is a staff writer for


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  • Defiant

    “Proof” has an actual meaning. If you’re going to use the word, you need to figure out what it means.

    • Defiant,

      You’re absolutely right, we changed the name of the article to “More Evidence that Near-Death Experiences are Real and Diminish the Fear of Death.”

      We’ll make sure we don’t make this mistake again.



  • Mike Savage

    If people knew the truth about death, they wouldn’t fear it. Religion has lied to the world for two thousand years regarding what happens to the dead. That’s one of the reasons Jesus taught against all religion. He said they were all false, and were Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion.

    At death, we die. Our thoughts die. We go back to the dust from whence we came. We die because of Adamic sin. Adam was made a perfect human, never to grow old, get sick, or die. He rebelled against God Almighty and God said “you will surely die”. He did. We all descend from him, and we, having inherited sin from him, die. We do not have an immortal soul, as the lying religions all teach. In the scriptures, soul and life are synonyms, not two seperate parts of us. Religions also lie in teaching that hell exists. The Bible clearly says nothing about hell existing at all. Bible translations that are false, and that’s almost all of them, purposely have translated the Hebrew word “sheol” and the Greek word “hades” into hell, when they both only translate into the common grave of mankind. These changes were made firm in 325 A.D. by Emperor Constantine when he ordered the creation of a Christian and Pagan bible for his “state” religion. That’s what most use today, sadly. King James, ASV, the Catholic Douhay-Rheims, and most others are all descended from Constantine’s false bible.

    As an ACCURATE translation of the scriptures say, we die and are gone completely. Nothing survives death. It also says that 144,000 “firstfruits” of the 12 tribes, from, again, whom we all come from, will be turned into spirit creatures and will join Jesus in heaven to co-rule with him, the Earth after the final battle for “judgement day”, a 1000 year period whereby we are given new scrolls to learn, and be judged by. We are promised a resurrection after the final battle, unless we haven’t drawn close to God prior to that battle. If such is the case, and we are destroyed, we will not be resurrected. We will be gone forever, having experienced the “second death”. Those who died prior to the judgement of Armageddon will be resurrected, in the order in which we died, with the exception of those who were killed for the name of Jesus. They will be resurrected first, and will help those who were protected in the battle to restore the Earth to paradise. Those who closely adhere to all of God’s commands (his will) and all of Jesus’ commands, will not be killed in the tribulation and final battle. They are charged with helping those who are resurrected to learn the new scrolls, and help restore the Earth.

    It’s as simple as that. Fear of death is only a lack of knowledge and a lack of doing God’s will. Nothing more, nothing less.

    • Stephen Tomsu

      And from your tone it is clear that you are absolutely certain that you are one of the 144 000 saved ones, correct? You just emanate righteousness, brother, and I also sense some joy over the fact that the rest of humanity is doomed, despite the fact that some of them may never had the chance to hear about the Bible. The real massage of Jesus has just completely passed you by.

      • The One

        I sense a Jehovah’s Witness pre-concieved theology at work here. Another “false religion” created by men, yes? How does it feel being condemned by someone? Judge not lest ye be judged… Or a flying spaghetti monster may poop on your head.

    • Renny

      I think you are an idiot! Hope you get over yourself

  • HealthyEgo

    The only fear of death is the ego’s fear of its own death. This is because the sense of self is hardwired into the subconscious mind where the mechanism for survival of the organism is also hardwired in. Part of the ego’s fear of death is an ingrained attachment to all things physical, including the physical body, for without flesh and bones, the ego knows it has no existence.

    I offer that NDE’s are much akin to a “reset” button on many electronic devices, where much of the programming conflicts and errors are wiped out and the original programming the device was pre-installed with returns the unit to its designed state. For humanity, we are virtually blank hard drives when we are born with the exception of a basic operating system. As we grow in life, new programs are written by others that we readily accept because our brain is designed to absorb and learn without much editing. Perhaps it is severe and long-term internal programming conflicts and errors that can literally cause our system to crash and whatever our life purpose is Spirit presses the “reset” button because there are a great many things this life purpose has yet to accomplish.

    For others who do not return, perhaps their mission has been relatively accomplished or there is a greater need for that Soul to return in another life for other reasons we likely will never know.

    • The One


      Interesting theory. It has sound basis in basic psychology and may be very close to the truth as far as the great meaning usually associated with such experiences. Having been “reset” myself I feel this to be a plausible explanation of the phenomena as I understand it.

      Thank you,


  • Truth

    And computers remember what was in their ram memory after a reboot: NOT. While computers are not conscious, they can be used as an analogy. When they die–when they are shut down–they restart anew from the basics stored in rom or on a hard-drive.
    What happens after death is that people lose their identity going thru hell and pay for all their sin of pride, greed, lust. Those who die are NEVER coming back: No one–sane–will ever stand up and remember having been a dead person. Lots of scary, dangerous wackos will, though.
    However, I understand: these people are crazy, desperate for attention or they’re scammers.

    • Zenith

      Speaking of dangerous wackos. These such as yourself, that have not earned a soul. Yes, you will completely disappear. For us who live in the light. We will continue on to other worlds. I am thrilled that an empty vessel such as yourself will cease to exist.

      • Dorsy

        Anger is dragging you down to the lower level, the person above has suceeded to pull you down to their level. This person is also in this creation and was made by God. Yes the actions are incorrect, and whatever happens will happen is not up to us to decide, universe and creation has it’s perfect rules that do the right thing, you never know that person might go to light before you do. We only can either choose the path to love the other no matter what or to disconnect from other and hate.

    • The One

      You are a sad, bitter little person. Just because you are a skeptic doesn’t give you the right to accuse those who recount an experience that they found to be very profound and life changing. To call them insane or scammers is not just mean but irresponsible. The story if you even read it, stated that this woman Penny Sartori did research and a scientific study of these experiences to write her book. You should really do some research of your own before calling someone crazy.

    • Dorsy

      You will keep on exisiting. When computer (body) shuts down you will either move on to the light (because you animate the computer in the end), or you will be in complete darkness, blind, deaf, without any sences, but you will be aware of yourself, and then untill you realize that you are still there you will stay in that state. Or you will have the scenses but you will think that you are still alive, here in this physical world, but it will feel strange to you and you might feel lost and scared, again untill you realize that you are still there, you will stay in that state. Also because someone is blind does not mean that colors, light and shade does not exist in this world, it is like this beyond, it is all there.

  • chris

    i had a nde in 1981 after i was overcome with smoke inhalation from an apt fire. o have never found anyone to have had the experience i had. no,there were no dead relatives,green grass etc. but i was fully conscious of myself,but had no memory of name or anything else. whenever i have described this to people who claim to be researching this issue,i never get a response. its as if since it doesn’t fit the many other reports its not worthy of talking about.
    my experience made me fear death.

    • Dorsy

      You’ve experienced yourself without body … simple as that, that is a great gift for you to expand into that direction, it is nice you had it then and can work towards it, then when you really die and not prepared for it (but even then you will go to the right place). Some human beings going to experience total darkness, and they might spend some time there untill they realize that they still exist, then they move on towards light. This experience showed you that you exist beyond your body, and you are not your body :). All going to be well. I did not experience nde myself but I have heard humans that passed away before and I’ve seen vision of someone crossing over when they actually left this physical world.

  • Interesting topic.
    The good news is that one does not need to die to learn first hand what NDE is. Anyone concerned about or interested in death in any way should try to obtain the book: Have you lived before this life? by L. R Hubbard. If you can’t find one then your local Church of Scientology can surely help

    • Michel Servais might be right. One just might not have to die to learn first hand what a near death experience is…

      Just ask someone who has escaped scientology.

      “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.” – L. R. Hubbard

    • jomo

      so here we have a cult member telling us nde are real because the fraud lr hubbard tells us so.
      and you wonder why and who this BS attracts.

      • Tharba

        For honest research into OBEs, look into Bob Monroe. He coined the term OBE and his institute has done extensive research in this area.

    • Defiant

      Scientology!? ROFLMA!! Are you serious, dude? If I wanted to join a cult I’d choose one that wasn’t invented by a sci/fi lunatic author.

  • Faye Hall

    Is there a way to share these articles on Facebook, with proper credit of course? If not, are we allowed to summarize or to post excerpts? This article by Buck Rogers really meant a lot to me! My first near-death experience occurred when I was 2 years old. Another occurred when I was four years old. This article provided me with greater understanding of my life since then. Thank you!

    • Gemma Kup

      Dear Faye, read the books of Neale Donald Walsch “Conversations with God” and you will get many answers on your questions.
      Gemma (Netherlands)

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