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23rd May '16 4:51:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheSopranos'': After Tony is shot in the season 5 finale by a senile Uncle Junior, he goes into a coma where he dreams about being in another city when his wallet and ticket back home get stolen. Before he wakes up he's standing in front of a house party where a person he had killed offers to take his bag and tells him to come inside, but he's distracted from moving on by voices in the wind calling for him (his family in the hospital).
17th Apr '16 4:38:46 AM erracht
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* Those who believe that near-death experiences are purely the result of processes of the brain and not supernatural in nature will counter that we don't know at what moment they happened and that we shouldn't assume that it was while the patient had no brain activity, as well as that at times, there might actually be brain activity when none has been registered as the instrument used may have been able to measure only surface brain activity.


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* There is also the issue of whether those who have published accounts of their near-death experiences are telling the truth or are fabricating the stories with a hidden agenda.
13th Apr '16 2:07:17 PM caivu
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Compare with SerendipitousSurvival, where a character avoids death by being elsewhere due to sheer luck, when under normal circumstances they would have died.
22nd Mar '16 9:18:04 AM howdotheyriseup
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', as a world filled with [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]], has quite a few - although some possibly count as ''actual'' death experiences.
** The killing of Gil, Tarvek and Agatha was the subject of the particularly lengthy ''Si Vales Valeo'' arc - it was necessary for all three to have near-death experiences to cure them of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hogfarb's Resplendent Immolation]].
--> '''Tarvek:''' ''[weakly]'' I... I don't think I'm '''''at all well'''''...\\
'''Agatha:''' No, no! It's all going to be all right! We're just going to '''''kill you''''', and then you'll be '''''fine'''''!
** Tarvek's sister Anevka was saved from her near-death experience, following her involvement in one of her father's experiments, by Tarvek connecting her barely-living body to a clank that she would be able to control. [[spoiler: This didn't exactly go as planned, as according to Tarvek her body died anyway, and the clank continued living Anevka's life without realising it wasn't her.]]
** Tarvek has had a couple of other near-death experiences separate from his illness and the Si Vales Valeo - one when he was stabbed and then shot in Sturmhalten, and then another when he was stabbed by Martellus and poisoned with something that should have made him ''dissolve'' within half an hour. [[spoiler: Luckily for him, that was when the Baron set off the timestop, and Gil was able to heal him once he pulled him back into realtime.]]
12th Mar '16 7:13:53 PM Fireblood
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* Near-death experiences do happen in the real life. They are a true mystery, since all approaches to explain them in pure Materialist frame of reference have so far failed.

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* Near-death experiences do happen in the real life. They are a true mystery, since all approaches to explain them in pure Materialist frame of reference There have so far failed.been proposed scientific explanations of them, but NDE proponents remain unconvinced.



** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all [[AntiNihilist Anti-]] and [[StrawNihilist Nihilists]], as well be averted for those who always believed in a afterlife.
* In ''ProofOfHeaven'' neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander recounts his own near death experience and explains, using his own experience as a brain specialist, how his physical brain simply could not have generated the "hyper-real" world that he experienced. In his own words, Eben's experience as a brain surgeon, his passive atheism, the detailed scans taken of his brain showing almost no activity, the hairs breadth he came to actual death, and his remarkable full recovery essentially made his the "perfect storm" of near-death experiences. Regardless of your personal beliefs, it's hard not to take his account seriously.
* The recent AWARE study, led by Dr. Sam Parnia, is dedicated to objectively studying whether or not Near-Death Experiences (and their Out-of-Body components) do indeed happen when someone has objectively died. So far, his findings seem to imply, in his own words, that that which makes a person who they are (their consciousness or "soul") doesn't become annihilated after death.
* There are several web sites, such as Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (see http://www.nderf.org ) and Near-Death.com (http://www.near-death.com, which are dedicated on near death experiences and their research.

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** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all [[AntiNihilist Anti-]] and [[StrawNihilist Nihilists]], hadn't believed one existed, as well be averted for those who always believed in a afterlife.
an afterlife did.
* In ''ProofOfHeaven'' neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander recounts his own near death near-death experience and explains, asserts, using his own experience as a brain specialist, how his physical brain simply could not have generated the "hyper-real" world that he experienced. In his own words, Eben's experience as a brain surgeon, his passive atheism, the detailed scans taken of his brain showing almost no activity, the hairs breadth he came to actual death, and his remarkable full recovery essentially made his the "perfect storm" of near-death experiences. Regardless of your personal beliefs, it's hard not to take his account seriously.
seriously. However, his account and assertion is questioned by others.
* The recent AWARE study, led by Dr. Sam Parnia, is dedicated to objectively studying whether or not Near-Death Experiences near-death experiences (and their Out-of-Body out-of-body components) do indeed happen when someone has objectively died. So far, his findings seem to imply, in his own words, that that which makes a person who they are (their consciousness or "soul") doesn't become is not simply annihilated after death.
* There are several web sites, such as Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (see http://www.nderf.org ) and Near-Death.com (http://www.near-death.com, which are dedicated on near death near-death experiences and their research.
10th Mar '16 12:21:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the fifth-season episode of ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' "The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari", Londo (naturally enough) had a NearDeathExperience in the wake of a near-fatal heart attack.
** And Stephen Franklin's "walkabout" actually does end with him meeting himself, in a hallucination after being stabbed. And then there's what happens to Sheridan after he blows up Z'ha'dum, although how close he actually came to dying is an open question.
* Meredith on ''GreysAnatomy''

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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In the fifth-season episode of ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' "The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari", Londo (naturally enough) had a NearDeathExperience in the wake of a near-fatal heart attack.
** And Stephen Franklin's "walkabout" actually does end with him meeting himself, in a hallucination after being stabbed. And then there's what happens to Sheridan after he blows up Z'ha'dum, although how close he actually came to dying is an open question.
* Meredith on ''GreysAnatomy''''Series/GreysAnatomy''



* [[spoiler:Jack Harper]] on ''TruCalling'', though this was part of the character's backstory, and not revealed for some time.

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* [[spoiler:Jack Harper]] on ''TruCalling'', ''Series/TruCalling'', though this was part of the character's backstory, and not revealed for some time.



* ''{{Wiseguy}}''. Happens to Frank [=McPike=] after he gets shot. He sees a dog leading him towards the Tunnel of Light, only to be called back by the sounds of the long-silent churchbell his friends start ringing.

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* ''{{Wiseguy}}''.''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. Happens to Frank [=McPike=] after he gets shot. He sees a dog leading him towards the Tunnel of Light, only to be called back by the sounds of the long-silent churchbell his friends start ringing.
27th Feb '16 7:07:19 AM Kakai
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* Witkacy undergoes this in ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' after the wraith pulls his soul out of his body after it itself is pulled into the afterlife. The Old Ones would keep him there, too, if it wasn't for Vulture's [[BigDamnHeroes timely intervention]].
10th Jan '16 10:31:41 AM FF32
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* ''OverTheGardenWall:'' Greg's dream adventure in [[FluffyCloudHeaven Cloud City]] as [[SnowMeansDeath the temperatures slowly drop]] can be read as an in-story example of this trope; more vitally, [[spoiler: Wirt and Greg are drowning in real-time, making the entire series a near-death experience]].

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* ''OverTheGardenWall:'' ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall:'' Greg's dream adventure in [[FluffyCloudHeaven Cloud City]] as [[SnowMeansDeath the temperatures slowly drop]] can be read as an in-story example of this trope; more vitally, [[spoiler: Wirt and Greg are drowning in real-time, making the entire series a near-death experience]].
24th Dec '15 5:18:18 PM Gamermaster
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* Nanoha in the SnowMeansDeath FlashBack of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. Caused her to reassess her training regimen to so that her trainees won't end up in a similar situation.

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* Nanoha in the SnowMeansDeath FlashBack of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''.''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Caused her to reassess her training regimen to so that her trainees won't end up in a similar situation.
24th Dec '15 11:21:18 AM bravo104
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** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all [[AntiNihilist Anti-]] and [[StrawNihilist Nihilists]], as well be abverted for those who always believed in a afterlife.

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** If those statements by Pam and the scientists turn out to be true, then CessationOfExistence will be subverted for all [[AntiNihilist Anti-]] and [[StrawNihilist Nihilists]], as well be abverted averted for those who always believed in a afterlife.
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