A near-death experience, refers to a
broad range of personal experiences associated with impending death,
encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from
the body; feelings of levitation; extreme fear; total serenity,
security, or warmth; the experience of absolute dissolution; and the
presence of a light, which some people interpret as a deity. Some
see NDE's as a paranormal and spiritual glimpse into the afterlife.
These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been
pronounced clinically dead or otherwise very close to death, hence
the term near-death experience. Many NDE reports, however, originate
from events that are not life-threatening. With recent developments
in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDE's
has increased. Many in the scientific community regard such
experiences as hallucinatory, while paranormal specialists claim
them to be evidence of an afterlife.