Type of spiritual experience
A description of the experience
He was receiving no sedation, had a light fever and appeared confused – only able to respond to questions with difficulty, although he seemed aware of his surroundings and the people around him. He described his experience both as it took place and also afterwards.
The patient told of how he felt himself to be flying or moving in the air into another world, where he saw gods sitting and calling him. He wanted to go there and asked the people around him to let him go.
‘Go away from me, I am dying ‘ he said.
The patient was very happy to see those gods. He had this hallucination twice, and he insisted it was not a hallucination but a true experience, and said that that was the world he wanted to live in. Before the hallucination, he had not wanted to die; he was very much concerned about his illness and that the doctors should help him. After the hallucination, he was not concerned about dying; he looked better and felt very happy about his experience. An hour or two later he went into a deep coma, never regaining consciousness.
He died two days later
The source of the experience
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References and further reading
At the Hour of death – Dr Karlis Osis and Dr Erlendur Haraldsson