Monitormonkey was undergoing surgery when something went wrong. He started to hemorrhage blood. Then he passed out. He had had a premonition that something would go wrong; it was so strong that he had redrafted and left his will on his dresser. He eventually woke up, two days later, in the ICU. But in between those moments, he remembers vividly being in a white room while he flipped through a picture book of his life. That book contained salient moments. It was a peaceful and natural experience, he recalls.
TheDeadManWalks relates a different side of death. After complications of chemotherapy treatment at the age of 15, he was near death. He expressed just how calm and peaceful, and tempting death seemed to him. He was almost reluctant to fight for life because of how tranquil he felt. Eventually he overcame the feelings of slipping away, and fought for his life.
Another person who slipped dangerously near death described the entire experience as though walking through a dream. The contents were not clear, but the scene was saturated, enjoyable, and felt longer than it actually lasted. Returning to life was difficult, painful, and jarring.
Tony Cicoria had finished a call on a payphone when, while walking away, he was struck by lightning. When others came around to resuscitate him, he had an out-of-body experience, and was able to see himself unconscious on the ground as medics applied CPR. He called the feeling of being dead “the most glorious feeling I have ever had.”
Brian Miller suffered from a heart attack and, consequently, his heart stopped beating for 45 minutes. During that time, he later recounted, he saw a light and walked toward it. The light opened up to a garden overgrown with flowers. Also, his mother was there. Take that for what it's worth.
A young boy with type 1 diabetes slipped into a coma after hypoglycemic shock. After being revived, the young boy told his brother that the noises started loud and near, and then started to fade away. He said the whole thing felt as though he were sliding away on a tube slide at a theme park.
CalgaryKid was in a car accident and neglected to wear his seatbelt. His death was accompanied by the feeling that he was surrounded by all his regrets. A life time of regrets had flooded in, and reminded him of all the things he did and didn't do. Luckily for him it wasn't too late to change that.
One person reported the whole death experience as being overwhelmingly disorienting and almost muted. They compared it to that feeling of going about a routine unconsciously, as if everything were equally unimportant. Death is like a long stretch of unimportance.
In death, Scott was clouded with disappointment. Disappointment for not achieving all that he could. Disappointment for letting others down. Heavy guilt and shame came over him. It was like a great personal and moral reckoning.
Another felt that they were slipping into a dark pool of water as death came over them. Things were slipping farther and farther away, and a sense of peace overcame them. The weight of the world had lifted and fallen away. All was good. Until life came back.