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Death is upon us. Eventually, like wrinkles, taxes and cellulite it will catch up. That's why it's good to know as much as we can about it. Who better to tell us than a real-life Lazarus or two? Though there is an eternal debate about whether or not those who have been declared dead actually experience a brief glance at the afterlife. Actual proof we may never have. But it can't hurt to discuss, just in case.

Redditor u/Doomage007 wants those who have been reborn to speak up and let us know what is beyond by asking... People who legally died for a few minutes and came back, what was it like?


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Working in a hospital and taking care of people who have been legally dead and have come back either on their own accord or with CPR, I've heard these people say that they felt like they were falling. They also wake up really confused not remembering the situation. To me it seems like what they experience is close to a dream that you're falling and wake up with a jolt.


Under Water....

A friend of mine had a overdose caused a stroke and legally died for a little under three minutes in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. He remembers the stroke, and being wheeled to the ambulance on a stretcher. Then he felt like he was floating under ice cold water, and it was dark, but he wasn't really thinking or feeling anything emotionally, just existing and knowing it was very very cold and he couldn't see.

Then he woke up, and the EMTs were kinda freaked out because his heart had stopped long enough that they figured he was done.

At some point in the following days he became convinced that what he experienced was hell minus the knowledge of suffering, like a toned-down preview, and thought it was a warning for him to change his life. Sadly he didn't stay clean for long.


In the House....

My Dad ended up in the ICU with internal bleeding. All initial attempts to stop the bleeding failed. Apparently died for a couple of min but they were able to bring him back.

He said he remembers walking through an all grey neighborhood. Grey houses, grey grass, grey streets, everything a different shade of grey. No people or animals around. Empty but not run down or anything like that.

He assumed this was the afterlife so he proceeded to walk around and search for my cousin who recently passed away.

He made his way into a house and walked up the stairs. At the top of the stairs a door opened and a bright light shined through. He couldn't see anything because of the light but decided not to walk into it. He paused there on the stairs and asked for more time. The door closed.

Doctor was able to stop the bleeding. Thats was 12 years ago. My Dad still has health issues but he got more time like asked for.



Total darkness. Like going to sleep with no dreams. Until you are brought back, then searing pain kicks in. I guess its bc the body goes out of shock, and you feel everything. That's what it felt like to me.


Not so Dead....

So I wasn't legally dead, but incapacitated due to CO2 inhalation. (Failed seal on an automatically inflating life vest). Fortunately it was in a controlled environment and I was pulled out of the situation when they realized something was wrong.

When I came to there was a period of time where I had absolutely no idea who I was or what had happened. All I was really sure of was that I had died and was waiting to be sent to the afterlife.

My lungs burned with every breath but I wasn't aware that I was breathing, so it felt like a combination of all encompassing, burning pain and suffocation.

I was very confused as to why I couldn't just die and have it all be over. When I finally regained some semblance of reality I was very happy that I wasn't dead.


3 times a charm....

I've been pronounced dead twice in my life. The first time, I drowned as a child (about 7 years old). I wanted to see the pool from the high-dive. I went up, looked, and slipped when I went to go back down. I remember falling..... and then I was surrounded by paramedics and spewing pool water from my lungs while some lady was crossing herself. According to what I've been able to piece together, I was knocked out when I hit the water, and the lifeguard thought I was playing.

I drowned while everyone was waiting for me to surface. 911 was called and I was dragged from the water. CPR, before, and from the paramedics didn't work. They were about to cover me up when I started spewing water like a fountain.

The second time was at work in my early 20's. I'm an industrial electrician (still to this day). I was working on the controls for a 3 phase/600v air handler's motor. I had turned the circuit off, locked it, and tagged it. Someone cut my lock off and turned it back on without telling anyone.

One second I'm working on the controls, next second my entire body lights up with pure pain and agony, and then I wake up in the hospital. My boss heard my teeth clack shut when I got hit, and he hit me in the chest with a 2x4 to get me off of it. I didn't have a pulse when EMT's got there, and they got my body rebooted. I woke up in the hospital about 4 hours later.

I never saw a light at the end of a tunnel, no lake of fire..... literally nothing. I'll post an update if it happens again.


Warm Hands

When I was a teenager I had leukemia and there was a set of shots that we would do at home that my mom would give me. We did not know that I would have a toxic reaction towards the end of the series. After getting a shot and right before dinner I told my mom I wasn't feeling well and I passed out and stopped breathing. I was "dead" for at least a couple of minutes before my dad started CPR and the medics came. I do not remember telling my mom that I felt weird, next thing I remember was feeling very cold and hearing my mom's voice (they were taking me out to the ambulance and it was winter time.

My mom was talking to them I later found out) I was very out of it but I felt warm hands on my arm and a woman telling me it was going to be ok. I guess at one point I hugged her and told her I loved her. I have kept in touch with her over the years. If i could have the feeling of the warm hands and someone telling me everything was going to be ok when I die for real I will be happy.



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My mother was legally dead for a half an hour due to a cardiac arrest. (As a sidenote, recovery from cardiac arrest after 10 minutes is a 1% chance and decreases exponentially every second after that, so it's really a miracle she survived and with very little brain damage to boot).

She remembers a "dream" in that time where she was headed towards a bridge. On the other side she saw her (deceased) parents smiling and waving. As she approached the bridge, their expressions changed. They didn't want her. My mom explains feeling rejected by her own parents and crestfallen because of it, but she didn't get on the bridge and turned around. After she came back, she recognizes the change in their demeanor to be that they didn't want her yet because it wasn't her time to "cross-over" yet.


Life after Life

There's an interesting book called "Life after Life" by a Dr. Moody who became interested in this experience when one of his patients went through it. He did a study, interviewing hundreds of people who had this happen to them. He said that there were a variety of experiences, some not remembering anything but he listed seven common ones. Not everyone had all seven but everyone has some of the seven.

Buzzing noise, feeling like they were out of the body, going through a tunnel, meeting former family or friends, meeting a being of light, coming to a boundary where they knew that if they crossed it, they couldn't return, I can't remember the last one.


Not yet....

Might not count but family story; takes place in Sicily in the early 1900s. Had a great uncle that the doctors had written off for dead. Uncle remembers a person/angel walking up to him, slapping him on the cheek, and saying "Hey, get up. It's not your time yet." Doctor was apparently stunned to see him all dressed and good to go when he came back.


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