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Near-Death Experiences — Witnesses Describe the Afterlife

Are NDEs a recent phenomenon?

Although NDEs and out-of-body experiences (OBEs) have been documented before modern times, they did not occur with the frequency at which they are experienced today. The reason for the increase is simple: cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The use of this procedure allows medical professionals and others to revive a person who would otherwise certainly pass on without any chance of recovery.

Various methods of CPR have been documented as far back as the 17th century. Today, the procedure is commonplace. However, NDEs are not experienced by everyone who is revived, and in terms of the total population, NDEs must still be considered rare. Some, not understanding their experiences, have been reluctant to discuss them. Others have asked medical staff to explain their experiences only to have them dismissed as hallucinations. Some have even been committed to mental institutions for attempting to discuss their NDEs. So, it’s understandable, therefore, why many would choose to keep quiet about the matter.

However, with the advent of mass media, especially the Internet, near-death experiencers are speaking up, and the knowledge of NDEs has exploded. There are literally hundreds of cases documented on various websites. Some have estimated millions of patients are having NDEs.

So, no, NDEs are not a recent phenomenon. However, they are certainly occurring more frequently and receiving much more publicity.