What Happens When We Die?

“We can be certain that we humans no longer need to fear death.” These are the words of Sam Parnia, critical care physician and director of resuscitation research at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, in his recently released book, Erasing Death: The Science that Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death. The source of Parnia’s conclusion is the mounting research into near-death experiences (“NDEs” to the initiated) that show our spirits outlive our bodies. When we return from our deathbeds—an experience that has now befallen millions of people—we have knowledge of what went on when there was no measurable evidence that we were still alive.

“Whether it’s a near-death experience of a Hindu in India, a Muslim in Egypt, or a Christian in the United States, the same core elements are present in all, including out-of-body experience, tunnel experience, feelings of peace, beings of light, a life review, reluctance to return, and transformation…in short, the experience of dying appears similar among all humans,” says Jeffrey Long of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation and author of Evidence of the Afterlife.

Jeffrey Long will be the opening speaker in a three-session online course on the subject hosted by The Intelligent Optimist, a session offered free to Care2 readers.

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Pim van Lommel

Long will be joined by cardiologist-turned-researcher Pim van Lommel and Proof of Heaven author Eben Alexander, a physician whose own NDE completely altered the course of his life.

What are the ramifications of the idea that we’re here for more than a single lifetime, a single personality, a single body? Would certainty about it change your perspective on who “you” are and what you’re here to do? If so, enroll in a free introductory session of Life Goes On, a three-part course hosted by The Intelligent Optimist on Wednesday, May 8, 15 and 22. (Recordings will be sent to everyone who registers.)

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Angela J.
Angela J3 years ago

Thank you.

Kay M.
.4 years ago

Thank you Jurriaan for a very interesting article, and I loved all of the comments from the care 2 members.

Veselin Varbanov
Veselin Varbanov4 years ago

When we die our mentality-materiality dissolve ..that is in brief.

Sabrina I.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you, I follow Epicurus philosophy about death ^o^

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Jack Stroud
Jack Stroud4 years ago

There are still many, like Biby C., who still think that death is the end of life as we know it. I say NO.. in one of my books there's a saying attributed to Christ and it goes like this: Those who believe that there's nothing after death are comparable to a foolish child playing outside on a sunny day and enjoying the sun rays and the warmth they provide.. soon he saw in the horizon storm clouds approaching.. when the clouds covered the sun he started crying desperately because he thought in his heart that he would not see the sun again..

Amandine S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Biby C.
Biby C4 years ago

When we die, we're just dead. If you're going to be cremated, you'll turn to ash. If you choose to be buried, you'll become maggot food. Simple as that.

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago

Interesting thank you