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Life really does ash before your eyes


when you die, according to new study
Jessica Ankomah
Yahoo Canada Style
1 February
2017

Photo: Getty.

We all know the narrative: ctional storytelling has long showed a


persons last breaths lled with life-spanning ashbacks a slideshow
grand nale of sorts.

According to new studies, that idea is no longer the stu of story books.
Based on the accounts of seven people who shared detailed near-death
experiences, and similar surveys from 264 others, many report seeing
various scenes from their life play out before their eyes.

These memories are vivid and rarely fall in chronological order.


Reportedly, these scenes often take place from anothers perspective.

The researchers, from Hadassah University in Jerusalem, are calling it Life


Review Experience (LRE). Theyve hypothesized that the phenomenon
may be caused by parts of the brain that stores memories of ourselves
which, the team says, are one of the last parts of the brain aected by a
lack of oxygen and blood loss.

Photo: Getty.

According to The Telegraph, one participant involved in the study said it


felt like a loss of space and time. There is not a linear progression, there
is lack of time limits It was like being there for centuries. I was not in
time/space so this question also feels impossible to answer.

A moment, and a thousand years both and neither. It all happened at


once, or some experiences within my near death experience were going
on at the same time as others, though my human mind separates them
into dierent events.

The study concludes that psychological and physiological stress could


lead to such experiences when a person is close to death.

Re-experiencing ones own life events, so-called LRE, is a phenomenon


with well-dened characteristics, and its subcomponents may be also
evident in healthy people, the authors wrote.

This suggests that a representation of life events as a continuum exists


in the cognitive system, and maybe further expressed in extreme
conditions of psychological and physiological stress.

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