These near death experience stories have been deemed credible by peer-reviewed journals.
Frequently during near death experiences, some transphysical component leaves the body, but does not go immediately to an other-worldly domain. Instead, it remains in the resuscitation room or somewhat near the body.
Some of these reports have highly unusual or unique characteristics which are not part of ordinary resuscitation or hospital procedures. As such, the details of these near death experience stories can be verified by hospital staff and others who were present at the time. When the claims of a NDE have been verified, the account is deemed “veridical”.
Virtually every peer-reviewed study reports multiple instances of such veridical data. Here are some veridical near death experiences reported in these studies.
4 Real Life Near Death Experience Stories
In the Pim van Lommel study, one man who had been in a deep coma later told a nurse that he recognized her and saw where she had placed his dentures during resuscitation efforts – he even described the cart where she placed them. They were there, precisely as he described it.
Shoe on the Ledge
Melvin Morse and Kim Clark reported a woman who had knowledge of a shoe on a window ledge outside the hospital. The shoe was nowhere near the place she had been resuscitated, but was next to a third-floor office. Though the shoe could have been seen from a window after the woman’s resuscitation, she had described it with such detail that it must have been viewed up close. She noted that the shoe had a worn little toe, and the shoelace was tucked beneath the heel.
The psychologist who interviewed the woman (Kim Clark) had to crawl along the ledge outside to verify the claim. The shoe was indeed there precisely as the patient had described it.
Clark concluded that:
“The only way she [the patient] could have had such a perspective was if she had been floating right outside and at very close range to the tennis shoe. I retrieved the shoe and brought it back to Maria; it was very concrete evidence for me.”
Hospital Waiting Room
Raymond Moody also reports similar stories of veridical out-of-body experiences, including those who travel through walls to the waiting room where they see their relatives and friends.
One patient reported seeing her young daughter wearing mismatched plaids, which was highly unusual.
Another woman overheard her brother-in-law talking to a business associate in the hospital waiting room in a very derogatory manner, and was able to report this back to him later.
Plaid Shoelaces and Flapping Arms
Dr. Bruce Greyson (Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia) reported one woman’s accurate description of the plaid shoelaces on a nurse participating in her resuscitation.
Another patient from Dr. Greyson’s study accurately described of his cardiac surgeon ‘‘flapping his arms as if trying to fly’’ during his open-heart surgery.
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Lindsay Rudegeair is Managing Editor of the Magis Center blog