The Day I Died

The Day I Died

2002, Science  -   153 Comments
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A bright light, inviting presence of a tunnel, and calming inner peace are just a few of the remarkably similar experiences that have greeted those who have died and been resurrected. Are these visions merely a trick of the mind, a verifiable cerebral response, or genuinely spiritual in nature? The medical community, which was long been skeptical and dismissive of these claims, has begun to devote more resources to uncovering the truth behind near-death experiences.

The template for our understanding of near-death experiences comes from one of the film's interview subjects - Dr. Bruce Greyson. Beginning in the early 1980s, he recorded the accounts of many patients who had survived death, and placed the shared elements of each of their stories on what was to become known as the Greyson Scale. Subjects offered tales of levitation outside of their physical bodies, awareness of their own demise, and a general feeling of acceptance and peace in response to these profound transitional events.

The prominence of this study empowered others to come out with their own similar stories, and led researchers to a conduct additional investigations in this arena. The filmmakers profile one such study involving cardiac arrest patients who were officially pronounced brain dead prior to their resuscitation. Doctors wanted to pinpoint the precise moment these visions of an afterlife took place. While they were unsuccessful in their ultimate goal, they did receive numerous testimonies that could not be explained or dismissed.

Researchers had better luck in what is by far the most gripping anecdote featured in the film. A young mother underwent an intensive procedure to remove a deadly brain aneurysm, during which she was rendered completely lifeless for over an hour. When the woman awakened, she reported an out-of-body experience during her surgery which allowed her to detail many of the goings-on in the operating room with stunning accuracy. How was this possible when her eyelids were sealed shut and she harbored zero brain activity throughout the duration of her procedure?

The Day I Died touches upon an endlessly fascinating and confounding phenomenon of the human experience.

Directed by: Kate Broome

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1 year ago

This documentary “The Day I Died” about NDE’s is extraordinary. Thanks to all who were involved in producing, filming and contributing to it. I highly recommend it to all!

Julienne Keuning
2 years ago

Our soul is a total of information. Information are frequencies.

Our heart is the receiver and sender of the information of the soul. It contains the messagecenter for the soul world to use it for navigation thru the physical world.

Our mind processes these informations from the heart, or message center. But also the informations from the outside world.
If the processes of the mind become still the soul takes over.

In a NDE everything is available unto the level of frequencies of the soul.
All spirtual channels are open, open to see, hear, know, experience beyond comprehension...
But by having a thought, awareness, realization like ‘who will take care of my newborn and children’ you send out a request which needs to answered, to learn from it.
You might say there is a task to experience, or a possibility for the soul to grow thru human experiences, which is a great opportunity because a soul can growth much faster with a body than without...

NDE 2007. This was a gift for my soul journey, eventhough I felt angry I was brought back in a body again, which felt so heavy and densed. The experience is my real home; fully unconditional being in greatest love and celestial light.
A period of homesickness followed. I was not yet able to understand why people did not saw or knew the same as I did, not knowing or not seeing the same like the images I got.. The suffering ...
Like being i could be the observer only ...
Even though I have learned much more, still now and then the feeling of not being able to do more for others is a deep process. To hear, feel and see the inner suffering, despair, cries ...
I know there it is .. the task of fully being.

Patricia Lindsey
2 years ago

I had a Cardiac Arrest with Anoxic Brain Injury 2 years ago. I was gone for 38 minutes, they did CPR all the way to the hospital then used paddles on me 3 times. I was on life support for almost 2 weeks. While I was gone I had a conversation with my deceased husband, he told me it wasn’t my time yet and he turned me around and sent me back. I remember nothing else until I came back.

Dennis Terrell
3 years ago

Back in 2013 I hit a tree stump with my plow truck and hit it hard 20 mph. I watch from out side my window and a little higher as I was looking down and saw my head turn sideways as the seatbelt grabbed immediately . All I saw was the whites of my eyes and my head bounced of my chest.

4 years ago

In 2016 my heart stopped, 26 minutes according to the EMT report. They arrived just in time to feel my faint hearbeat and then feel it stop. I felt the tunnel, like a shiny coal tunnel, and a bright inviting light at the end. I floated down the tunnel and I knew this wasn't a place that I wanted to go. But a difference from what I hear others in this situation say is the sound. Like a huge MRI machine but 1000s time louder pounding your brain. Lie a rock concert that makes your mind go numb. It would have been so easy to just let go and die. But I couldn't. I just said "hell no this isn't my time!!" I reached out, grabbed the side of the tunnel as hard as I could. My hands were hurting, I felt they were bleeding. On the outside I had made it to emergency. My wife had arrived by then and they basically told her there was no hope. But I had said "hell now" and I reached out and grabbed that tunnel wall until my hands hurt. The EMTs said they were giving up and then my hand shot out. I'm sure that is the same. Did I see God? no. Did it change my life? Heck yes. A lot.

4 years ago

Just the brain dying...end of story

Johnny Capp
5 years ago

Your consciousness contains memories of the pictures and voices of loved ones. Our voices and appearances change as we age. If people that experience OBE hear a voice of their loved ones during near death then what voice are they hearing? Is it a younger voice of the deceased from their prime or is it how their voice was just before they died?

The saying is so true, as sceptical and as boring as it seems; "it's all in the mind."

6 years ago

There are some things in this world or your time here, that you are not going to know the answers to.

For the arrogant who demand "scientific proof" of whatever it is that they are unconvinced of. Anyone can just as arrogantly demand scientific proof showing that it doesn't exist and claim that they are unconvinced of your theories. Your chemical and psychological theories that seem to have you convinced of whatever you believe or don't believe are absolutely no better than the theories in support.

Regarding "science". Most science begins with empirical evidence. Observed phenomenon. Example: The apple falls from the tree and hits the ground. Science is lame at best at even explaining why that occurs, and the jury is still out. Does the earth pull it, due to its larger mass? Does mass have an inherent characteristic called "gravity"? Or did the ever present scalar forces throughout the universe push it to the ground? That making "gravity" similar throughout the universe, until shaded by large celestial masses? Meaning the gravity on the moon isn't all that different than on the earth. I'm betting that many things you were indoctrinated to believe is a scientific fact, is untrue. Yet you live in a world where nothing occurs until it is explained to your satisfaction "scientifically". What purpose does this serve? Why is this so necessary for you? So where does a closed mind get you? It gets your ego to claim you are superior in thinking to those who think differently. And where does that get you? And why do you need that? Please explain the benefits scientifically. Is it some biochemical high or just psycho?

You don't have to be convinced or agree but why the vitriol? Why is it necessary to put down those that can truly claim they don't know what is going on but it appears that something is; when science can't explain much of anything very well. Just keep asking "why" after you get a scientific answer to anything and it won't be long before they can't answer. Why do atoms exist, if they exist?

Here is the "fact" about science: All science ever does is postulate theories. "This is what [some or several] in the scientific community think but certainly not all of them, until some better theory comes along. It is based on what we believe to be evidence but it doesn't mean we interpret the evidence correctly.

Am I against science? Not at all. Just wondering why it is so important to hang one's hat on something when it has proved itself to be so unreliable. It can be a useful tool. But certainly is lagging way behind in its ability to explain.

How does a boy in a hospital in Houston, fully blinded by a large tumor, lead the doctor who comes to visit him, around the hall and into the room of someone he thinks the doc should visit with? The doc asks how he is able to do this and know what the doc had been doing earlier and that this person needed attention? The doc said the boy simply stated his angels told him and showed him. The doc said he has had some very unique patients over the years which science cannot explain how they can do what they do. The more rare thing is the doc willing to speak about it. Far too many cannot handle things which science cannot explain. It wipes out their "world view" of chemistry and biology being the reason for everything, so they tamp it down and don't talk about it if they cannot prescribe a big pharma drug to mask the symptoms.

At least a chemistry professor of mine had the honesty to state: "This is how we think things work, until a better explanation..." These same words should be uttered by all teachers and professors so the kiddos won't be so mistaken in thinking they know everything having gone to a bit of school.

God? Some scientists deny God. Some scientists are convinced there must be one. Which ones are the arrogant ones and the more humble? And what does that tell you about science? Not much. Tells plenty about people though.

6 years ago

Hello all,

I am a 53 year old agnostic from Europe, who's been living in America for 25 years. I had a NDE when I was six. I had been hit by the ice cream truck. I remember the truck coming at me when crossing the street and hitting me, then everything went black. I don't remember any pain from being hit nor do I remember the hospital. This could be due to the fact that I was so young. Last year, I was induced into a coma at the hospital for an operation. I remember the doctor asking me to count backwards and then I drifted into the darkness. Everything was black and peaceful. No pain, no fear, no vision of a bright light or a tunnel or floating over my body, just complete, total darkness. But this was an enjoyable darkness. I wasn't afraid at all, actually, it was very peaceful and soothing. You just close your eyes, it's dark and there's no one waiting for you. When I woke up, I felt a little tired still, but felt very refreshed at the same time. I quite enjoyed it and wished that I could have stayed there longer. I had no vision or feeling of evil, either. Like I said, it was pitch black, soothing, liberating, and so peaceful. I never did any drugs in my life, not even smoke pot. I only drink alcohol when at a social gathering. I am not on any meds, just a daily multi vitamin. I wouldn't say that I am evil or have an evil nature. I've been married to the same man for 22 years, have a 12 year old daughter, and life is quite peaceful and nice. I don't go out there do evil things and torment people, I just mind my own business, maybe that's why my life is so peaceful. So to recap, all I saw was darkness, but I would call it a nice experience, regardless. Also, I am not afraid of death because I know that I don't have a choice and that's the cycle of life. Some of family members and coworkers of mine who have had NDE, whether it was from an accident or coma induced at a hospital, all went through the same darkness experience that I did, even though some of them are Roman Catholic and Protestant.

Kelly Brown
6 years ago

Wonderful documentary.

6 years ago

Why was Susan Blackmore cut out of this version of the documentary? Not that I particularly fancy her point of view but she does stress the issue of timing: it is very hard to determine when the experiences occur in time which puts a big question mark as to the issue of objective verification which should really be investigated thoroughly. Thank otherwise for publishing this very nice film

6 years ago

Offerings here from some insightful individuals ... Until you actually get there yourself though, NDE's are just amusing stories for the benefit of our spacesuits (They're not supposed to know about what goes on after their death)

7 years ago

What an absolutely Fantastic documentary, But always remember no matter how painful life can be Life is a gift and we all have our journeys for very good reasons. So live it to the fullest!

7 years ago

Really amazing documentary. What I don't think anyone pointed out yet, was all of the stories of the overwhelming "feeling of being loved" I feel is almost like having another sense opened up at that moment. Think about it. How do we feel loved now, someone may tell you they love you, and you hear it and you feel it, or someone may do a kind gesture for you that made you "feel loved". But how are these people just suddenly "Feeling loved" with no words or anything done? They just start to "feel it". I believe that to be another sense opened at that time. Truly amazing, proving God is there and will always be there in heaven.

7 years ago

Very interesting documentary, however it leaves more unanswered questions then answered. I think there should be a part 2 addressing some of the good comments here.

7 years ago

In death everything becomes clear , We all exist inside the memory of the particle , Souls can't escape the surge

7 years ago

"You don't seem to understand that the near-death experience itself
doesn't even happen when the brain has no detectable activity. "

There is evidence to the contrary.

"According to the actual brain evidence, the experience most likely happens before
AND after brain activity ceases."

You just said ndes "dont even happen when the brain has no detectable activity." Now youre saying they happen after "brain activity ceases." Which means when there is "no detectible activity." Which is it? lol

"There are plenty of cases of brains shutting down and then coming back online again. Are you going to tell me that someone remembers information while they're dead?"

Thats what a NDE. Many of these occur when the person was found to be dead by the medical staff who was taking care of them at the time of their death.

"Because I have a list of dead people who can't even start to agree with you."

Doesnt change reality.

"People sure do justify some crazy beliefs in miraculous fraud."

I have no idea what youre referring to here, but okay.

8 years ago

What I notice on here is most the atheists and the skeptics of nde's, are all very rude and cocky. What's that tell you?

Bilbo Bagginski
8 years ago

I wanted to watch this... but then I made a mistake of reading the comment section and got turned off by all the religious loonies.

9 years ago

Look up ndeaccounts on youtube there are 100's of videos like these!

claire burns
9 years ago

anyone have a link to better copy?

9 years ago

it is only us, humans, that have the Will... the freedom to choose what we claim for ourselves... the path in life we WILL take for ourselves. it isn't "religion" as many would call it. it is, rather, the Choice to BE worldly For Myself and my Own Benefit Primarily and Mainly to the exclusion or near exclusion of others in this same world ...Or ... for Myself With and connected to Others' benefit...others that come along in my life. that Will is where, imho, Consciousness, Spirit, Soul resides.

9 years ago

It's all in the brain. Near death is not the same as Death experience. Near death means still alive and brain is active. People can hear while under and do fall into some internal spiritual flow led by the subconscious, but it is not a true death experience.

9 years ago

pz meyers calls it BS in a recent Salon article, in rebuttal to a "believer" article in the same mag.

Janeen Clark
9 years ago

it seems there is enough evidence to say something is happening that warrants further and in depth research. to assume anything more would be a disrespect to the scientific process and the progress it can achieve. these type of phenomenon are difficult to fit into a materialist worldview.

Adam Young
9 years ago

if time as we know it suddenly ends when you physically die and suddenly find yourself slip into a realm of eternal time, on this side of this event it may seem somebody breathes their last and expires but what if a second of that last moment was actually them slipping into forever and for them the moment exist forever even thou their body has ceased to function ? what if this was nothing but a physiological process that is programmed to occur at the cliff ledge of leaving this world ? and in fact the whole experience was just as valid as religion has being trying to say ? like a horizontal line representing passing time and at the moment of your death the line shoots vertical and continues in that direction.

Richard Neva
9 years ago

Fantastic documentary, a real spell binder! I have no fear whatsoever of death now and before too as I have been studying this phenomena for some time now.

P.Sai Kumar
9 years ago

I have been seeing all these sites. People who have come back to life from their near death always say that they have seen heaven. This 100% accountability / confirmation is most absurd thing. No one ever seen Hell. These are all lies and their imaginations. No one on this earth can ever experience any thing of those they are saying or said, they are all imaginations . We know a micro dot of this space how is it possible for some one who faced a near death to know about the heaven.

9 years ago

Wow I guess I did die.Good Documentary.

9 years ago

I suffered a Brain Aneurysm which caused 3 strokes. They had told my wife to take me off life support the Neurologist said I was gone. If I lived I would be a vegetable and not know who I was. I remember being in the dark and I asked where was I? A voice said I was dead but I needed to go back to save them. I am not sure who I am suppose to save. When I went back it was not like I was in another place but in another time. I also had a out of body experience. When I was in intensive care in a coma. I was looking down like from the ceiling at my feet could only see my legs and feet. There was a little boy playing with my cell phone and the phone would start ringing and the nurse would say there goes that phone again quick find it before it stops ring. I told the little boy it was OK he could play with my phone I wouldn't tell them where he was. He was running, hiding behind the curtains. I told my family about 4 months after about my dream. They told me my phone was at home and that there was curtains dividing the beds. They told me about a little girl next to me she had short hair because she had a Brain Tumor. I told them I thought it was a boy in my dream because of the short hair he never said anything to me it could of been a girl. I was paralyzed from the neck down. Must of been 2-3 weeks I could not talk because of the life support but when I was able to think I told God thank you for letting me live than I asked him if he would help me walk again. It took me 3 1/2 months to walk with a walker, 6 months to walk 3 miles and jog the last mile, ride 4 miles on a bicycle. Only thing my legs are not as strong as they were but I am working on that God willing I will regain that. I never gave up I felt God there giving me strength. P.S. I do know who I am ;^ )> I have not watched the Documentary yet. I will make another comment after I watch it.

John Feury
10 years ago

It should be remembered that in the U.K. Physicists and others with Scientific evidence of survival are banned from presenting it on British TV. The only reason it is allowed on British Radio is because the C.F.P.F. (Campaign for Philosophical Freedom ) threatened to take the BBC to the court of Human Rights in Strasbourg,the BBC backed down.But the campaign continues to overturn this INJUSTICE( on British TV.)continues.The real reason the BBC have refused to replay it and have put a stop to the DVD is because it slipped through the net,they do not want you to know about this...SOME DEMOCRACY.

10 years ago

That was a really good documentary!

10 years ago

The debate between the theists and atheists has been going on for a very long time, this is a fact. While science has given us many discoveries and laws, it still cannot answer the "why" and "how" that life and outer space exist itself? To really answer this question we would have to been witnesses with recording equipment to see the so called "big bang" that is a theory of how the universe and all in it started. Well we know this in not possible and never will be.

So the next possibility open to humans its to travel the far distances into space to see for ourselves if something is really out there. Maybe in time this will happen, but with the great distances needed to travel out there,and given humans short life span we would truly need a stasis type hibernation to make the trip and then a reasonable fast space ship to do so. This is very hard so far to even come up with a safe trip to the moon these days, at least with guaranteed results of the safety issue.

So we are left with once again truly wondering what all this life and outer space really means as to how and why it is all here.

Because of this lack of really knowing or truly understanding the why and how, all of us have to honestly state to ourselves that we simply do not know for sure whether we become a resurrected or reconstituted life after we leave this one. Since we do not have this knowledge, all possibilities are open.

Personally I feel that it would make sense to take what we learned in this life and somehow be recreated or reformed to dwell in the outer space worlds as a new life form, but still being us much as the butterfly emerges after being the caterpillar. Again this is against the evidence we have so far that no one has come back to talk to us about this new stage, but maybe you have to die to experience this different dimension. Again who really knows?

All we have is what we see and experience and while it is good enough for life on earth, it still seems there is something far greater then us humans responsible for it all.

10 years ago

A beautiful refreshing documentary. Pity there are so many disbelievers because NDE can't be scientifically proven. F science.

10 years ago

If anyone wants to know much more about after-death reality, read this amazing book: The Soul After Death by fr. Seraphim Rose

john kay
11 years ago

ive had the out of body experiene once before when i was approximately 9-10yrs old wen i decided to let go of the edges of the swimming pool's deep end and try to swim, unsuccessfully, which after a few moments, I expereinced the phenom of seen my self drowning in slow motion and then I came back up to the edge spitting out pool water non stop lol

And get this, It happened at my classmates parents house who ran the bible club at our school that I believe I was attending for the 1st and last time.

Tim Huish
11 years ago

A big thanks to Kate Broome for producing this fair and open minded documentary. Sorry that there are still so many narrow minded viewpoints opposing the work of Heaven. Hasn't that been the case and still is. Shame on you BBC for blocking this video. Shame on you 'christians' for trying to oppose the will of Heaven and having the affrontory to hide behind your miss understanding of Jesus. Love takes time and will never give up on us. Thank you Heavenly Father for all your patience with us silly children !! :)

11 years ago

So sad and pathetic. So many people desperately WANT this silly tripe to be true, but want, hope, and wish will never make fantasy into reality. If you really believe the ridiculous nonsense in this film, then you need to have a thorough psychiatric evaluation, maybe get on some anti-psychotic meds, or get yourself fully committed to a hospital where you can get some help.

11 years ago

"The BBC has refused to replay this documentary, and has stopped it from being sold as a dvd. They don’t want to get accused of supporting ‘fringe’ theories."

Proof that deceiving demons control this world, and doesn't want people to see this documentary being aired on tv. It's so obvious!! There is good and evil people, we need to follow Jesus. Jesus is the light!!!!

11 years ago

She is so wrong about it being illusional. People who have had NDE have gone to hell, and not heaven in some cases. Then God bought them back!

11 years ago

Could the next person who has a near death experience PLEASE ask who was responsible for 9/11?

12 years ago

I love falling asleep to this doc

12 years ago

All scientists want is some one to die and bring a video camera get gods autograph and maybe an inteview and then maybe they would be convinced.

12 years ago

When I was 8 years old, I drowned in a pool in Santa Cruz, California. My grandmother, a non swimmer, and my brother were on vacation from Canada. I was hugging the pool's gutter, but got bored, and wondered what would happen if I pushed off. I sank to the bottom of the pool and blacked out. I remember watching the chaos of people screaming, my grandmother crying and a woman, a stranger to me, pumping my chest and giving me CPR. I watched everything from above. While I felt great sympathy for my grandmother and brother, who were in terror of losing me, I felt great peace.

I'm an atheist, a Thelemite, and a cranky adult woman today. But I'll never forget this experience. What to make of it? Is what I experienced an artifact of trauma? What accounts for watching others in action while I was "out"?

12 years ago

The BBC "has stopped it from being sold as a dvd. They don’t want to get accused of supporting ‘fringe’ theories".

To be fair, the BBC don't release every documentary they produce on DVD, particularly when it's a one-off and under 1 hour running time.

Olivia S
12 years ago

There were times also when at night i would go to sleep and i would wake up literally experiencing my Self as if blowing very very very large in an increasing box and then very very very small in a shrinking small box. These sensations would scare the heck out of me, as i grew older i got to like this feeling...

Totally know what you are talking about. I used to experience that too! It still happens sometimes though not as often as when I was a child.

12 years ago

A little mix-up here but Hancock's views on marijuana is spot-on.

12 years ago the Bruce Lipton part at the end supposed to be it's own film or did you intend to add it to this movie?

12 years ago

i got to think what if.......2012 was the onset of a very "weird" event that could bring all people to experience simultanously near is a comforting thought to think that our world could then wake up to the love felt for those moments...the way the business man in part 6/6 experienced and used to change his life direction.
Watch Bruce Lipton, The Power of Conciousness at the end of the film...7/6...50 minutes long! Most of you might have missed it!

12 years ago

In my youth i experienced fainting monthly or sometimes weekly. I was afraid of blood, i reacted strongly to people talking about physical medical operation and i often times specially in school would faint if i was standing in a crowd.
These fainting episodes were very troubling but they had a sort of magical outcome. I knew for sure that they weren't dreams, at least not like the dreams i had at night. It would start with a very uneasy feeling, i could tell 25-40 seconds before the occurence that i was about to faint and it would make me feel horrible but once i fainted i entered a dimension that was absolutely extraordinary and supernatural, and it started with a white light tunnel.
I don't remember these events from an adult stand, i remember these events from a very young child experience way, they are still vivid in my memory.
Although i rarely or never faint anymore i still wonder what dimension i was accessing in those years. I am talking about dozens and dozens of times entering something that to this day i do not explain.
There were times also when at night i would go to sleep and i would wake up literally experiencing my Self as if blowing very very very large in an increasing box and then very very very small in a shrinking small box. These sensations would scare the heck out of me, as i grew older i got to like this was as if my body was a lump of bread dough.
Is it all created by our mind, or is it picked up by our mind?
That i don't claim to be able to answer....may be one day!