The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) pp. 7-8
Why are NDEs a more vital subject than people think?
Most of us are familiar with the common elements of the popularly reported composite near-death experience. After undergoing a near-fatal car accident, heart attack, or other physical tragedy, a person is near death or declared “clinically dead.” He or she has the perception of being “out of the body,” looking down at his or her body while resuscitation attempts are made. The person soon finds they are in another location (or dimension) where the spirit world is encountered. This world is perceived as one of utterly indescribable love, beauty, peace, joy, and contentment. The individual may engage in telepathic or verbal communication with various spirits—usually of dead friends and relatives or a being (or beings) of light. Various teachings may be communicated and there may be a “review” of the person’s life. Eventually the person finds himself approaching a barrier or border that he or she is not allowed to cross. The individual is instructed to return to his body because the time for him to die has not yet arrived.
The exact number of people who have had NDEs is not known, but estimates range from 2 to 20 million. No one can deny that through TV and radio interviews, discussions, newspaper articles, and books on the topic, tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of people worldwide have been exposed to the popularly interpreted message of the NDEs—that there is nothing to fear in death and that a heavenly glory awaits us all.
*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Near-Death Experiences.