There’s a lot of talk about what you see when you have a near death experience. Some report seeing some higher being, potentially in the form of God. Some just say that they saw a light at the end of the tunnel, but fought away from it to stay alive. And whilst a lot of us don’t put much belief behind these claims, there might actually be some kind of truth behind them.
Whilst I’m not saying that people do actually see God when they’re dying, a college in New York has done a small study into this, interviewing around 65 patients who are getting hospice care for end of life. Whilst this topic is talked about a lot, there has been extremely little research done around it, perhaps due to the difficulty of gaining reliable data.
It has been found that many of those in the last stages actually had visions where they would see dead relatives and friends. It was found that most had at least one a day, with them becoming more and more frequent as death came closer.
The reasoning behind this is that relatives and friends that we know, or have known, often give us a feeling of comfort, and familiarity, and in the final stages of life, when death is definitely near, we look for these comforts, which can manifest themselves in visions of dead friends and relatives.
Actually knowing what these visions are like without experiencing them is almost incomprehensible, but perhaps they’re just like when you dream. This wouldn’t actually be too far fetched when you think that lucid dreaming is a thing, and you can, up to a point, have some control over the subject of your dreams.
Whether or not this is real, at least to those who do believe in this, it gives some comfort for the final few days.