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Explain the distinctive features of a near death experience (NDE).

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Explain the distinctive features of a near death experience (NDE) It is estimated that only 5% of the population will have a NDE, this being a time when an individual is pronounced clinically dead but for some reason survives death and lives to try explain why and how they had this experience. Experiences like this are usually life changing. NDE are the link between whether there actually exist a separation between the physical body and the soul this is because the features of NDE's are purely personal and take place in an individuals mind; there are no signs from the physical body that this experience has ever taken place. Dr Raymond moody paid a great interest in these experiences and by interviewing people who had claims of NDE's he could identify many distinct features his research was published in 'life after life' which was said to have "rekindled an understanding of the importance of spirituality in our daily lives"(the phenomena of death.) Ineffability which means 'inexpressible' is the first of Moody's 15 distinctive features, it is where a person has linguistical difficulty with giving a description of what they have experienced because as many people have said "there are just no words to express what I am trying to say." ...read more.

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Two features that suggest that dying is a pleasant experience are 'the meeting of others' and 'the being of light.' Firstly there have been accounts of being in the presence of spiritual beings that can take the form of friends and family, who have been described to have eased them through the experience of dying. Secondly and more incredibly is the accounts that feature an encounter with a bright light, which is always expressed as a being of light, with a distinct personality. This being has been described as emitting love and warmth and making the person feel accepted and completely at ease one man said: 'The love which came from it is just unimaginable, indescribable.' It is dependent on a person's religious background as to what this being is identified as. For example for Christians the being is Christ, and a Jewish man identified it as an angel. While in the presence of this being you also communicate with it although not through speech but rather a direct link of unaffected thoughts. Moody describes that the people he talked to attempted to put what the being said into the form of questions some of these questions were as follows: 'are you prepared to die?' ...read more.

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Moody says that 'almost every person has expressed to me that he is no longer afraid of death... ' However 'none of these persons are actively seeking death' because they feel they have certain tasks to fulfil in life before it is their time to die. These experiences are purely taking place inside the minds of the individual, so there can never be any solid proof the truth they hold however the final feature which is corroboration can help. Corroboration is where evidence is gathered from witnesses who were present when some one was experiencing being close to death. For example when experiencing being out of the body whilst dead one person could see and hear what exactly was being medically done by doctors and once she regained life was able to describe in the exact words and medical terms what had being happening while to the doctors knowledge she was clinically dead. After discussing the main features of a near death experience it is clear to see from examples that all features vary according to the individual, Moody's research concluded that there were many similarities that appeared frequently in his accounts. Although there have never been two accounts identical nor one experience that included all features of a NDE, as the depth of the experience depends on how close a person comes to death. ...read more.

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