The Near Death Experience (NDE) is a powerful argument for the existence of the afterlife. As medical resuscitation techniques are being improved more and more people are being brought back from the border of clinical death. A number of them recount an intense profoundly meaningful experience in which they seem to be alive and functioning outside their body. For many, a near death experience is an extremely powerful emotional and spiritual experience. The evidence for the NDE is consistent, overwhelming and esoteric - experienced by the many. Victor Zammit
Providing a scientific explanation for the phenomenon of near-death experience has been a difficult challenge for scientists ever since data in the form of NDE testimonials started appearing in the mid 1970s. Some of the scientific arguments against the validity of NDEs (i.e., that they are only hallucinations) are also applicable to out-of-body experiences in general since out-of-body experiences are an important component of most NDEs.
One most extraordinary aspect of NDE's is that the underlying pattern seems unaffected by a person's culture or belief system, religion, race, education, or any other known variable, although the way in which the NDE is described varies according to the person's background and vocabulary. There is no evidence that the type of experience is related to whether the person is conventionally religious or not, or has lived a "good" or "bad" life according to his/her society's standards (although an NDE often strongly affects how life is lived after the experience).
Researchers, such as Bruce Greyson, Kenneth Ring, and Michael Sabom, helped to launch the field of Near-Death Studies, and introduced the study of Near-Death experiences to the academic setting. The medical community has been somewhat reluctant to address the phenomenon of NDEs, and grant money for research has been scarce. However, both Greyson and Ring developed tools that can be used in a clinical setting. Major contributions to the field include the construction of a Weighted Core Experience Index in order to measure the depth of the Near-Death experience, and the construction of the Near-death experience scale in order to differentiate between subjects that are more or less likely to have experienced an NDE.
Almost all near-death survivors tell of stories of out of body experiences, spiritual awakening, and a movement toward the light. Whatever their religious beliefs, the occurrence for people who have had this near death experiences (NDE) is very similar. And those who have experienced a NDE come away from it totally changed. They come away with an awakened spirituality and unconditional love. The perception of most people is that this kind of spiritual awakening must be associated with religiousness. So when a 'common' person, a person without any significant religious background has an experience like this, it can be a profound awakening. It can also be frightening and fascinating.
Jody Long of the Research Foundation devoted to the study of 'near death' testimonies reported that the majority of people who came to her web site were dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one. Many people find comfort in the testimony of those who have visited the other side in an effort to help them envision what and where their loved ones may be.
Dorothy becomes unconscious, travels through a tunnel, finds herself in an enchanted wonderland, meets unusual beings, is taken to an "Emerald City" to see a powerful God-like being, and eventually returns to Earth. The Wizard of Oz, contains elements of the near death experience including, ineffability, the separation of consciousness, encounters with loved ones, the being of light, the life review, approaching the boundary, the return to physical body and the transformation of values and attitudes toward life. Many movies explore the NDE metaphorical as well as directly.
Near-Death Experiences could perhaps be dismissed as people's conscious imaginations. This is less readily so in the case of children's NDEs. P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., Ph.D. (Hon) and Dr. Melvin Morse who are pioneers in the field of childhood NDEs. Dr. Morse is a pediatrician and neuroscientist. In hundreds of interviews with children who had once been declared clinically dead, Dr. Morse found that children too young to have absorbed our adult views and ideas of death, share first-hand accounts of out-of-body travel, telepathic communication and encounters with dead friends and relatives.
Moving accounts, including deep insights about the mind and the nature of reality. Contributions to the research on near-death experiences have come from several academic disciplines, among these the disciplines of medicine, psychology and psychiatry.
Pare Lorentz defines a documentary film as "a factual film which is dramatic." Research documentaries about the afterlife offer a scientific point of view as well as a faithful point of view.