Dr. Sam Parnia, Director of Resuscitation Research at NYU’s Langone Medical Center has studied over 2000 patients who had to be resuscitated. Their heart stopped beating. They were declared clinically dead “for tens of minutes to hours after”. And they eventually came back to life. Of these, 40% were documented as being aware of what was happening during the time they were officially, medically dead. And 10% recalled a deeply mystical experience, seeing heavenly realms of light and peace, spiritual beings and deceased loved ones. He explained that it is likely that the ones who did not recall mystical experiences didn’t because of the medical treatments they were subjected to. What he feels convinced of is that consciousness is able to continue despite the death of the physical body. Self and mind are not gone after we die.