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Everything disappeared and was replaced by a bright white consuming light, in which was total peace, no pain, no thought, no time



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The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

Jackie Burton's description of what she experienced as her father died is almost word for word what so many people have described in the near-death experience. She believes her eyes were closed, so that again it seems that these two people, the living and the dying, are sharing the same internal subjective experience:

Dad passed away in the early 1980s. At the moment of his last breath, I was at his side, holding his hand. I believe my eyes were closed. At this point I can only say that everything disappeared and was replaced by a bright white consuming light. Within this was total peace. No pain, no thought, no time. It could have lasted seconds or minutes. I have no awareness of its duration.

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Observation contributed by: Neffy Limb