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LucyGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 04-Aug-16 12:29:02

Is there an afterlife?

While we're unlikely ever to know for sure, says author Theresa Cheung, there are a startling number of accounts from those who have had near death experiences that point towards the possibility of an afterlife. What do you think?

Theresa Cheung

Is there an afterlife?

Posted on: Thu 04-Aug-16 12:29:02


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Do you believe in life after death?

It’s unlikely that we will ever have solid scientific proof that there is life after death, but we do have something that comes extremely close and that is accounts of people who have actually died and returned to tell their stories.

These voyagers to frontiers unknown report astonishing glimpses of a world beyond, a world that shimmers with light, magic and love. Hailey sent me her story:

"In 2005 I nearly died on the operating table. I haemorrhaged and my doctor later told me that everyone thought they had lost me. I recall floating above my body and seeing the surgeon and staff panic as they tried to save my life. I didn't feel any panic myself. It was as if I was watching an interesting novelty. I wasn't involved.

Suddenly, I felt myself being blown feet first into a grey mist. I don't know why but I remember seeing my legs and bare feet bathed in yellow light floating into the mist. When I was in the mist I lived my life again. Can't explain it very well but I remembered everything and again there was that feeling of interested detachment. I wasn't involved. I just watched. Then I found myself in this beautiful place. It was the most gorgeous and glittering place I have ever seen – like a garden but so much more than a garden. I felt nothing but completeness and happiness. My mind was still. I heard music but music that I have not heard on earth before and the scenery about me was like nothing I have seen on earth either – it was so vivid and beautiful. It shimmered like crystal and diamonds. Then everything vanished and the next thing I recall is waking up feeling very sore and tired in the recovery room.

I don't know why but I remember seeing my legs and bare feet bathed in yellow light floating into the mist. When I was in the mist I lived my life again.

Everyone who knows me will tell you that afterwards I changed. I know I have changed. It sounds corny but I feel like I was somehow born again, starting my life again. I am more compassionate and considerate of myself and others. I live in the present. I'm not afraid to be loving and spontaneous. I see more clearly now."

Near death experiences (NDEs) occur when a person is clinically dead or dangerously close to death. There are many questions about NDEs but one thing is certain and that is they exist. There are thousands of reports from people who believe they have glimpsed life after death, and a recent scientific study led by Dr Sam Parnia from the University of Southampton, has tentatively proved that consciousness can survive bodily death by at least three minutes.

Initially, when I began to collect afterlife encounter stories, I thought the experience was extremely rare, but I could not have been more wrong. Over the years the stories have flooded in and one reason for that may be modern resuscitation techniques because thirty or forty years ago these people would have died and taken their golden stories with them.

Not surprisingly, there have been many doubts about the validity of NDEs and chief among these is the argument that the experience is simply a hallucination but this cannot explain why all over the world and throughout history thousands of men, women and children have reported similar sensations during NDEs despite radical differences in cultures and belief systems. How is that possible? Surely, if the experience was hallucination wouldn't each person imagine something different? Why are there such strong similarities? Why after their NDE do people consistently report that they have lost their fear of death?

Theresa's book The Ten Secrets of Heaven: Mysteries of the Afterlifeis published in paperback by Simon & Schuster, and is available from Amazon. You can also find Theresa on Facebook here.

By Theresa Cheung

Twitter: @simonschuster

Skweek1 Tue 21-Feb-17 13:14:50

Of course there's an afterlife! I have personal knowledge/experience of earlier incarnations, also of reassuring/warning messages from my father. Spiritualists have a helpful and comforting answer to the problem of miscarriage/stillbirth/neonatal death. This life is so short that only after we die can we continue to grow and mature and there are too many similar descriptions of the "Summerland" for it all to be coincidence. My feeling is we experience what we expect, until we feel ready to move on, but the one thing I'm pretty sure of is that everyone we want/need to see will be among those we meet very early after death (either because of love, or because there is a Karmic issue which needs resolution). And there are animals there!

nanaK54 Tue 21-Feb-17 14:07:17

Crikey - not keen on the 'Karmic' issues line.
Would like to think that I have led a fairly blameless life......hmmm hope so I don't want to be greeted by a long line of people waiting to 'sort me out'!

grannypiper Wed 22-Feb-17 07:41:41

My son, when he was a little boy believed that god took your bones when you died and made them into babies. My DM had died 15 months before my son had a new baby brother. Maybe he was right

LuckyDucky Wed 22-Feb-17 08:38:19

The after life - anyone read "Heaven is Real"? It did it for me. I liked its simplicity.

Years ago I had my own personal experience of this subject.

MrsPeel Wed 22-Feb-17 16:16:05

The whole existence of life and the universe is fantastic and I am so glad to have been given this adventure - I can see no reason why it shouldn't continue after death. I do think though no one alive can imagine or come close to imagining what the afterlife is really like. Exciting!

TriciaF Thu 23-Feb-17 11:30:02

grannypiper wrote:
'My son, when he was a little boy believed that god took your bones when you died and made them into babies. My DM had died 15 months before my son had a new baby brother. Maybe he was right'
My Mum died on Feb. 22, and our first grandson was born the following day, Feb. 23.

Ana Thu 23-Feb-17 15:32:34

Just been reading back on this thread, and I'm quite surprised by how many people seem to think that because so and so had a near-death experience or technically 'died' that what they remember must be proof of an afterlife.

The fact is that they didn't die.

They wrote a book about what they think happened while they were unconcious - that's not proof of anything other than perhaps a vivid imagination!

Elegran Thu 23-Feb-17 16:27:03

I read somewhere that oxygen deprivation causes the brain to produce strange effects like the near-death experience. Synanpases are triggered which produce memories of vivid experiences like the journey down the birth canal, and images of people who meant a lot.

Elegran Thu 23-Feb-17 16:28:05

Synapses, not synanpases!