In my research of the question Is there an afterlife? To determine if we need something such as a digital heaven, one life after death story caught my eye was of a man who died in hospital in 1943. He was due to move away and study medicine and was excited about the major changes in his life. His experience includes three classic elements of the near death experience.
Apparently, just after death had been recorded, an orderly noticed very slight signs of life in the corpse so a doctor gave him a shot of adrenalin and brought him back. He had not taken a breath of about 9 minutes but the orderly had noticed 'signs of life' so it really makes me wonder if this was a death experience or dream that the brain had to prepare him for death.
- A little while after falling unconscious in hospital, he sprung for the bed in a panic that he would miss his train. He could not find his clothes and was surprised that there was a young man lying in his bed. He did not have time to think much about this so he left the room and did not realise that he was disembodied until he flew through some medical equipment down the hall.
- When he returned to the room with his body in it, which had now been covered by a sheet, the room filled with illumination and a being made of light appeared who made itself known as the son of god.
- He then saw his whole life as a sequence of images as if in review.
The out of body experience is a common factor in what happens beyond death according to many accounts and is essential if a artificial afterlife such as The Hereafter is going to be possible. However, if your mind does separate from your body naturally as it does in this account then it raises the question, do we need a digital heaven? If this actually happens it lends weight to the idea in my book that The Hereafter is trapping us in the physical world after 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.