I have been fortunate not to have lost any loved one I am close with. Although my grandparents are no longer with us, they passed away when I was quite young, so I was spared the emotional impact that comes with losing a loved one to death. It is only now, as I consider the possibility of losing my own parents, that I really begin to consider what happens after death.
Although I was not raised in a strictly religious home, I was given weekly religious instruction. However, the simplistic faith of a little child and the basic lessons that little child was taught does not seem adequate to answer my questions today as an adult. I’m not sure what happens to the psyche as we age that changes us so that we no longer can accept simple answers.
And no matter what information I search for in the medical and scientific communities, none of their “answers” are as comforting as the answer I received as a little child. And yet I persist in my search rather than believe in the simple, comforting lessons of my youth.
In the Summer of 2015 German doctors announced their findings of clinical experiments of near-death experiments. The patients included in this study had all been clinically dead and resuscitated. Most of them had been “dead” for almost twenty minutes.