I've just been reading a real life life after death story from a guy who died for 20 minutes due to a heart attack. The medical staff had pretty much given up on reviving him when he suddenly came back with a cough.
For him he had been on a journey, a journey through darkness into a bright light where he perceived a figure with a head and arms though he could not fully comprehend the figure as a whole. While in the light with this figure he felt all consuming love, calmness and serenity.
He noted in his account that he had no body, had 360 degree vision and a kind of omnipresence as he said he was aware of what was going with his body in the operating room at the same time as travelling into the light. He then became aware of being sent back to spread the message that people should not be afraid of death.
This experience changed his life, he said he became less bigoted and more open to people. For him now, an afterlife is guaranteed and his life will never be the same again. In The Hereafter, the creation of an artificial heaven was designed to provide this guarantee to everyone regardless of whether they have diced directly with death or not, and the effect on human societies is much the same – their differences become less important and international relations become less fraught, violence and crime fade away as life holds less desperation.
In the book though Nature has her own problems with humanity claiming control of what happens beyond death and has to take steps to reset the balance. I do not explore what happens after the climax of the novel, but I hope that mankind learns from their experience but turns their attention towards life to solve their problems rather than death.
The Hereafter is available on Kindle for just £2.05. It explores what life might be like if technology could guarantee us an afterlife.