The man, who only gave his name as Schon, claims to have died after months of battling leukaemia when just eight-years-old. Schon was in the hospital at the time of his so-called near-death experience (NDE), when he was considered clinically dead. When Schon passed on from his physical form, he recalls reaching an empty space that filled him with peace.
He told the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF): “At first very briefly, like a still image, I saw myself below me.
“I don’t remember specific details of seeing my body or the room, but what came next, I vividly remember.
“I transitioned to see a white, glowing space, similar to those commercials where the entire area is near-blinding white.
“However, there is no definition to the space, so it seemed like an endless void.”
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Schon said he had no physical form or body in the afterlife, and he cast no shadow.
As he looked around himself, he felt warm “like a jacuzzi”.
The afterlife was comforting and euphoric and gave Schon a feeling of freedom.
He said: “It was like a camera that you see in the professional NFL games, that is floating around the field and can move in any direction. I felt amazing!
An ‘afterlife’ remains a matter of belief, not scientific proof
In the years since the NDE, Schon has tried to make sense of what he felt.
He has described the sense of peace and comfort as the best he has ever felt in his life.
Schon said: “If these feelings were experienced by the rest of humanity, I believe it would surely make the world a better place by ending the hate and evilness seen around the world.”
However, questions surrounding the afterlife remain unresolved and there is no scientific evidence to support claims NDEs are genuine visions of life after death.
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According to the NHS, NDEs are not considered real instances of a person dying and coming back to life.
The NHS said in 2014: “A more accepted definition of death is when brain stem death occurs, which is when all neural activity in the deepest brain ceases.
“While it is possible to keep the heart functioning using life support systems, a person with brain stem death has permanently lost the potential for consciousness.
“The existence of an ‘afterlife’ remains a matter of belief, not scientific proof.”
According to Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, many NDE accounts share similar threads.
Common elements include out-of-body experiences, visions of flying through a tunnel or seeing deceased relatives.
He said during an OZ Talk: “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.”