A WOMAN has described life after death after she claims to have gone to the afterlife after she was declared clinically dead.
Joyce Hawkes said she saw a “being of light” which she believes is proof of a God.
When an oak frame from a window fell and smashed her on the head, she was left hospitalised and was briefly considered dead.
The few minutes she was dead lasted for what felt like an eternity, she said.
As soon as the frame hit her on the head, in the winter of 1976, Ms Hawkes said a bright tunnel appeared, which attracted her like a moth to a flame.
So natural was the feeling, Ms Hawkes said she was “not afraid” at all and felt as if the whole ordeal was normal.
The bright tunnel took Ms Hawkes to a luscious field with rolling hills where she saw deceased relatives as if they had been waiting for her.
Speaking to the the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) website she said: “Suddenly I was in the presence of a Being of Light. I could not see the face, could communicate, but not in words or pictures even – in some connection of oneness.
“The emotions are always enhanced. I feel joy so deep that my whole self-leaps with gratitude; I feel peace; I feel awe and belonging.
“I did not have a specific life review, but felt everything about my life and me was known, understood and not judged. I was profoundly loved.
“It seemed that I was there forever in the Presence.”
Suddenly, “without discussion or warning”, Ms Hawkes was rushed back to her body where she awoke in a bed.
Experiences like Ms Hawkes’ are not uncommon and researchers believe they could have an explanation.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia says there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
“They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”