People have long claimed to have had profound religious experiences following a near-death experience, and a person known only as Ben B believes he had one. Following a cardiac arrest, the witness was clinically “dead” after “cessation of heart function”. But before he was revived, Ben believes he enjoyed the “entirely pleasant” experience of the afterlife.
He said: “I knew I was about to faint, so I sat down on a bench in the [high school] commons.
I immediately found myself in a white room
“The next thing I know is that the [Emergency Medical Services] EMS were above me working on me.
“I saw them put the defibrillator pads on my chest and saw that they were about to administer the shock. I passed out again.
“It was then that things took a profoundly religious turn.”
Ben said he immediately found himself in a “pitch white” room, adding: “I heard the quietest quiet I had ever heard.
“It was the most peace I had ever felt, just like the peace I felt when I was four when an angel had comforted me.”
This reportedly happened following a 45-minute emergency procedure in which Ben’s blood sugar dropped to critical levels.
He carried on to say: “I was in this pitch white room in front of a big mirror.
“I heard lyrics from some music. It was the best sound ever.
“I saw my reflection in a big mirror that was in front of me and thought we looked really, really good!.
“I began to see my whole life play out in front of me in that mirror.
“I saw my whole life, everything I had done, and was proud of myself. It was the best feeling.”
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The near-death experience was apparently so perfect he wished it could continue forever.
Ben said: “I wish[ed] I never would have come back and wish[ed] I could have just stayed there in that peaceful white place.
“I think it was the waiting room to heaven, and I think God gave me that experience so I wouldn’t be afraid of dying.”
The religious aspect of the experience aside, he also reported improved consciousness and alertness, despite the fact he was technically dead.
However, there is a more rational explanation for visions such as Ben’s.
Dr Sam Parnia is among experts who know such religious visions are, in fact, not evidence of the afterlife, but simply the brain going into survival mode.
She said in a statement: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
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