How Do You Feel Before You Die? This Is What We Know …

What does it feel like before you die?  This is what we know ...

Death is one of the puzzles for which it is impossible to find a definitive answer. Accepting and assimilating the idea of ​​an absolute end is not easy. This is why it is a concept that in any case causes fear, apprehension or curiosity. And even if we know little about it, it is an experience that we will inevitably face sooner or later.

Religion gave her the first answers about death. Perhaps death (the point from which no one has given testimony) is exactly one of the reasons why religions are born and are maintained over time. Many religions accept the existence of a spirit or something that transcends biological life and that moves into a parallel world, which is invisible, imperceptible, but which is right there waiting for all of us (or those who deserve it). reach.

Science has also plunged into an attempt to decipher the riddle. Although there are many scientists who have religious beliefs,  science formally approaches man as a purely biological being, whose existence goes no further than the last beat of his heart. Quantum physics has explored other perspectives, such as that of parallel universes, but currently this remains only on a hypothetical level.

The advances made by science, on the other hand, concern the understanding of all the physical and psychic processes that revolve around death. To increase the understanding of these aspects, a study was carried out in the United States whose results were very interesting.

A research on death

Many of us have sometimes wondered, what does it feel like before you die? How do you live this moment of detachment from life? Is there pain? Is there suffering? Are we overcome with terror as we move into the unknown? Do we really see our whole life pass by in a single instant?

To answer these questions,  a group of scholars from the University of North Carolina, led by Professor Kurt Gray, conducted research.  They started with two groups of people who were experiencing near death experiences. The first was made up of terminally ill patients. The second by people who had been sentenced to death.

The members of the first group were asked to start a blog on which to share their feelings for a minimum period of three months. The publication had to include at least 10 articles. In parallel, a similar thing was asked from a sub-group of volunteers. They were required to imagine that he had been diagnosed with cancer and to write about it. In the second group, made up of people on death row, the last words of the condemned were collected.

In both cases the intent was to evaluate the feelings and emotions that manifested themselves as death approached. We also wanted to understand if this inner world was manifesting changes as we approached the final moment.

The interesting results of the study

A team of psychologists set to work with the aim of analyzing the speeches of the first group, together with the parallel subgroup. They worked out their conclusions based on the words with which these people described their emotions or alluded to them. Starting from this, they managed to arrive at interesting results. The first was that  the terminally ill expressed more positive emotions than the volunteer group. Also, the closer the time of death approached, the more positive their messages were.

Something similar happened with the condemned about to die. Their last speeches did not focus on pain, repentance or hatred towards the authorities who had sentenced the death penalty, instead  their words were full of love, understanding and emotional meaning. In both groups, allusions to religion and family stood out.

Professor Kurt Gray, head of the research, concluded that “the process of death is less sad and terrifying and happier than you think . Although death as such is a concept that generates anguish and fear due to the uncertainty that surrounds it (beyond the faith that everyone may have), when it must be faced consciously people tend to evolve. To the point of perceiving their own death as a constructive and meaningful event.

Apparently,  the adaptability of the human being is enormous and is expressed in all its fullness in extreme moments, such as death. Psychologically and physiologically, people develop mechanisms that allow them to face the reality of the end wisely. For this reason, Gray states with the utmost conviction that “Death is inevitable, but suffering is not.”

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