MEN and women who DIED after serious accidents before being miraculously resuscitated have given chillingly bleak accounts of the afterlife.
Far from being transported to paradise or sitting at the right hand of God they report nothing but despair, horror, anger and infinite loneliness.
Reports of the afterlife are not uncommon from either patients who have stopped breathing on the operating table or those who find themselves slipping away after a serious road crash - before being brought back from the brink of death by medics.
But few reports of the afterlife can have been so comprehensively terrifying.
"I experienced something, and that something was nothing.”
A Reddit user by the name of r00tdude gave his account of what he claims it is like to be dead, TWICE, and for anyone waiting for a heavenly paradise, he says, will be terrifyingly disappointed.
His first ‘death’ came as a result of a motorcycle accident where he died for two minutes because his “body shut down from the pain and physical damages on my body. No pulse, no breathing and no consciousness”, he wrote on Reddit.
His second, he said was because “I was in agonising pain after surgery so I received loads of pain killers. The pain, coupled with an immense amount of pain killers, caused my pulse to drop to around 10bpm and my respiratory system shut down.”
On the experience of being dead, he chillingly wrote: “It was just black emptiness. No thoughts, no consciousness, nothing.
"Both times I was just ‘not there’. It was just all black. I would describe it as when you take a nap. A short nap with no dream, you wake up and it feels like you've been sleeping a long time, when in reality it's only been about 15 minutes."
However, he was quizzed on whether it was “just black” or if he has experienced a memory lapse.
Some do believe that they saw a Heaven however
But he responded with certainty: "It was definitely not just a gap. Much like a dreamless nap, you don't just wake up and feel like time just jumped ahead.
"So yes and no. I experienced something, and that something was nothing.”
A person who just uses the name Emmanuel gave an even more bleak account on Q&A site Quora, by claiming: “There was no pain, just darkness, extreme vulnerability, extreme fragility and nothing else. It wasn’t even revolting or scary.
"There’s no bright light. Jesus didn’t appear through the fog."
“Just infinite sadness and nothingness. After a while in intensive care, my life came back to me.”
A chilling emptiness seems to be a recurring theme around many who have temporarily passed away, with is seeming that there is no actual afterlife.
User Terrance also wrote on Quora: “I had an experience. There’s no bright light. Jesus didn’t appear through the fog.
She added: “After a few minutes [of being clinically dead], my cousin sort of popped right in front of me and told me, ‘Deanne, go back’.
“I haven’t been called Deanne since I was a kid.
“When I turned round to see what she meant by ‘back’, I Was slammed into the bed at the hospital.”
It’s anybody’s guess whether or not there is life after death, but one thing is for sure, there’s a whole lot of evidence emerging from physics and parapsychology research that indeed there is.