Significant discoveries are occurring every day, but one study has discovered that a person’s consciousness is not lost straight after death.
The ground-breaking study that was published in the Official Journal of European Resuscitation Council documents 2,000 patients who suffer a cardiac arrest. The study was conducted over 15 hospitals in the United Kingdom, Austria and the United States, and the findings are incredible.
The first study of its kind in scale and rigorous methodology, AWARE—AWAreness during REsuscitation—A prospective study notates an incidence of self-awareness after the heart stops beating. Jerry Nolan, the Editor-in-Chief at Resuscitation Journal said that the research team led by Dr Sam Parnia “are to be congratulated on the completion of a fascinating study that will open the door to more extensive research into what happens when we die.”
Objectively Exploring What Happens When We Die
Dr Parnia revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail that around 40% of those who survived a cardiac arrest were consciously aware during the time they were clinically dead. This occurred before their heart was restarted during the resuscitation process.
“The evidence thus far suggests that in the first few minutes after death, consciousness is not annihilated. Whether it fades away afterwards, we do not know, but right after death, consciousness is not lost. We know the brain can’t function when the heart has stopped beating. But in this case conscious awareness appears to have continued for up to three minutes into the period when the heart wasn’t beating, even though the brain typically shuts down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped.
This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating. Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.”
A total of 2060 cardiac arrest patients were studied. Of that number, 330 survived and 140 said they were aware of their time while being resuscitated. Some patients recall a “sense of peacefulness” while one third documented an experience of altered time perception. Others recounted a sensation of near drowning or being dragged through deep water while some patients noted a feeling of being separated from their bodies and experiencing a ‘heightened sensation’ or bright light.
From the study, Parnia believes that death does not occur at a specific moment. Rather, the process of dying is a “potentially reversible process that occurs after any severe illness or accident causes the heart, lungs and brain to cease functioning.”
According to Parnia, the study takes a closer look at the “near death experiences” and draws objective distinctions about what happens when we die.