Something that I already know about what happens after we die is that there is no absolute way to be certain about anything. Though many people believe in various gods or afterlives to cope with the impending, inescapable fear of death, they cannot be 100% sure as to what will actually happen. No matter how strong your faith is or how much you believe in an eternal afterlife, no concrete facts will ever be known as it is impossible to know.

 My question is this: I would like to know what happens after one dies, but in order to do so logical facts need to be put in place to justify one’s response. This cannot simply be ‘faith’ or the one experience of a man who claimed to see something after he legally died, but experiments that involved seeing what would really happen.

In an article experimenting on surviving cardiac arrest patients, Dr. Parnia believes that drugs and sensitivities hinder them from completely remembering their experiences. This is proposed by one of his studies as it says:

Of 2,060 cardiac arrest patients studied, 330 survived and of 140 surveyed, 39 per cent said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being resuscitated.

Though none of this can be completely verified as fact, it perhaps may be the closest thing that we have to this particular subject.

In addition to this, Dr. B J Miller is a worker who works in hospice who has often experienced instances of his death, and from what he observed, he describes a lingering sense. And in fact, he has gone through a terrible event that has left him without three limbs, and now is very mundane about death. Though this may not problem may not solve what happens after death, it allows a person to cope with said event. And because he has worked with terminally ill people for so long, he in fact claims, “there’s often no dramatic moment of death, but rather it’s somewhat ordinary.”

No doctor or scientist has yet to give any in-depth explanation as to what our afterlife will be like, and perhaps it will simply be one of the many mysteries of life. Heaven, Hell, or just nothingness are just potentials as to what can happen, not will happen.  And though this problem remains something that sits uneasily within the minds of all people, the only option to truly find out is to wait and see.

 

 

 

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12 Comments
  1. Ed 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,

    Interesting post, great statistic surrounding the cardiac arrest patients who have reported obtaining some kind of supernatural awareness. I think that as science progresses with time we’ll be able to further determine what causes this feeling in near death events, as our understanding of the brain progresses we’ll be enabled to better prescribe what causes this happening for so many people. From a non scientific viewpoint there are countless theories describing different routes to the afterlife and what that’s actually like, but I like the way you talked about doctors opinions and how logically we have no determined afterlife.

    Thanks,
    Edward Ryon

  2. Alejandra G. 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,
    I agree with your statement about people believing in something supernatural after death. I believe that people make up these things to either cope with their own guilt of what they have to die with or just as you said, scared to die. I agree with you saying how some people have illusions from almost dieing because there really is no fact for this and i like how you included your data to support your reasoning.

  3. Jiovanni 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,

    I am very satisfied with your essay about what happens when we are dead because you show your point of view of what you think would happen and you give us very good facts saying “No doctor or scientist has yet to give any in-depth explanation as to what our afterlife will be like, and perhaps it will simply be one of the many mysteries of life. Heaven, Hell, or just nothingness are just potentials as to what can happen, not will happen.” This is very interesting because you state how not even professional doctors can not find out about what happens life after death.

  4. Ziyleth 3 months ago

    This is something great to talk about because many of us probably wonder what does happen to us when we die. Are we decomposed are we still leaving a soul or ghost? In this circumstance there are many questions one can ask

  5. Victoria 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,
    I am deeply interested in your post because I myself have questioned and wondered if there really is some sort or sorts of gods. Most people are living life in a everyday fear of what is really going to happen after we pass away. One thing that stands out for me is, ” Heaven, Hell, or just nothingness are just potentials as to what can happen, not will happen.” This quote is very intriguing to me because it is a fact that nobody really knows the answer to. We have all heard the stories of what might have happened to people that came back from the dead but nobody was there to experience it as well so who knows if they are telling the truth. This reminds me of a movie where a little girl got into a car accident and passed away on the surgery table but came back from the dead and said she saw heaven and god told her it was not her time to leave Earth. It would be neat to find out what would happen in the “afterlife” or “nothingness” but at the same time it would give me some kind of off or eerie sense. Thanks you for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next time because you really hooked in my attnetion with the way you think of the same things I have thought of. I think your writing piece was very neat and had great evidence to back up your thinking.

  6. Huong 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,
    I think that your post is very interesting because it explores the idea of life after death, one of the few concepts in which humans have yet to find an answer. One particular thing you said that stood out to me was “No doctor or scientist has yet to give any in-depth explanation as to what our afterlife will be like, and perhaps it will simply be one of the many mysteries of life. Heaven, Hell, or just nothingness are just potentials as to what can happen, not will happen”. I think that this is controversial because you’re bringing up religion and correlating it to what unfolds after death. In my opinion, death is widely feared and religion takes away that feeling with concepts as the afterlife, heaven/hell, etc. My personal theory is that the life after death is up to one’s perception of it when they were on Earth. This meaning that if they believed in reincarnation, they’ll be reincarnated or if they believed that they were going to heaven, they will. However, I also agree with your theory on how nothing will happen at all and that the human conscience will just dissolve along with our physical being.

  7. Kaylea 3 months ago

    i was interested in your post because i believe no one really knows what happens after death whether its afterlife or something to do with ones religion. one thing you said that stands out to me was, “Of 2,060 cardiac arrest patients studied, 330 survived and of 140 surveyed, 39 per cent said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being resuscitated.”, because i remember hearing stuff like this about aliens. Although this doesn’t have much of a connections i remember hearing how people would disappear and reappear with no idea what happened. Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. People would always say that this happened but not with death. Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i found your point of view interesting.

    Regards,
    Kaylea Sullivan

  8. Alex 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,
    I am interested in your post because I personally am not a religious person and if I’m being honest I’ve yet to come to a conclusive and indefinite belief in an afterlife, though I am leaning toward the, let’s say, defeatist view. You addressed that faith or one experience of a man who claimed a vision after legal death is not true and irrefutable justification in the true answer of an afterlife, which is a view that I share with you, as the claims of a very religious man who spent their entire life devoted to their religion would be indefinitely biased. Your quoting of Dr. B J Miller’s statement, “There’s often no dramatic moment of death, but rather it’s somewhat ordinary.” made an impression on me. It is one I myself have considered and I feel as though he has formed an ideal description of. Thanks for sharing your post, as it really pulled my attention about life, and what happens after death.
    Regards,
    Alex Bishop

  9. Freddy 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,
    I am interested in your post because I have always wondered what the afterlife experience would be like and what would actually happen. There are many beliefs in the world today but there is certainly not a true. To be honest it doesn’t matter what others believe it all comes down to when you actually do die. One thing you said that stands out to me is “inescapable fear of death, they cannot be 100% sure as to what will actually happen.” I think this interesting because it keeps me thinking of all the different possibilities when the day does come.

  10. Johnatan 3 months ago

    Dear, Billy
    This piece of writing was very interesting because it gave me a reason to think in what happens after death. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me one time when I was 13 my auntie died for like 5 minutes and she was telling us story on how she saw a bright light and beautiful green tress and beautiful lands.One thing that you said that stood out to me was when you said “No doctor or scientist has yet to give any in-depth explanation as to what our afterlife will be like, and perhaps it will simply be one of the many mysteries of life. Heaven, Hell, or just nothingness are just potentials as to what can happen, not will happen. ” This shows on how doctors themselves have not even came up to explain to use or anyone who really studies about after death but till this day we have no answer.Thank you for sharing this story it really opened my mind and made me think.

  11. Jennifer 3 months ago

    Dear Billy,
    I am interested in your post because I believe in an afterlife as well as a God but what i question sometimes is how this “afterlife” is like not saying it’s not there but it would be intriguing if we knew what life is like after death.
    One thing that stands out for me is, “Of 2,060 cardiac arrest patients studied, 330 survived and of 140 surveyed, 39 per cent said they had experienced some kind of awareness while being resuscitated.” I think it is interesting because there are so many encounters or stories of seeing a God or temporarily experiencing an afterlife but is it a just an illusion from the mind or is it as real as they make it seem?
    Your post reminds me of something that happened to me one time, as I was watching a movie about a young boy who passes away briefly and comes back and tells his story about experiencing heaven and speaking to God.
    Thanks for sharing your post. I look forward to seeing what you write next because with this post it really pulled my attention about life, and what happens after death.
    Regards,
    Jennifer Lopez

  12. Jordan 3 months ago

    Are you okay?

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