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The 10 Most Common Elements of a Near-Death Experience | About.com

What it’s like to have an NDE, based on reports from 50 people who have experienced it

NOT ALL near-death experiences (NDE) are alike, contrary to a popular belief. In the stereotypical NDE, the person clinically dies, enters a tunnel of light, is greeted by relatives or beings of light, is told that he or she is not ready to pass on, and is sent back to awaken back in this life.

That particular NDE scenario has been reported many times, but it by no means happens for every experiencer.

However, there are components of the NDE that are part of the experience for a majority, or at least a good percentage, of people who have reported them.

Noted NDE researcher P.M.H. Atwater has cataloged many of those components in a“Common Aspects Analysis”, and Kevin Williams has further analyzed them based on an examination of 50 NDEs profiled on the Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife website.

 

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