We’ve all considered what death must feel like — but nobody’s ever been able to describe it for sure. Until now.
A 22-year-old man who ‘died’ twice for about two minutes at a time has described his experiences on a candid thread on Reddit.
One incident occurred after after a motorbike accident and the other after taking painkillers following surgery. In both instances he said that he ‘died’ for a period of around two minutes – and that he has doctor’s notes to prove it happened.
These were the questions posed to the 22-year-old and his answers:
Did you know you were dead at the time?
“I had no idea, it was just black emptiness. No thoughts, no consciousness, nothing.
“Both times I was just ‘not there’. It was just all black. I would describe it as when you take a nap. A short nap with no dreams, you wake up and it feels like you’ve been sleeping a long time, when in reality it’s only been about 15 minutes.
“The only reason I know is because the doctors were obligated to share the information with me… So if the doctors wouldn’t have said anything I would’ve just thought that I took a dreamless nap…”
Did you have time to think, “this is it?”
“The only thought I had was the words ‘oh f*ck’. There was no time to think about what could happen. ‘Oh f*ck’ then just black emptiness….
“The first time was right before the accident and the only thing in my mind was ‘oh f*ck’. The second time I had no idea. I was in pain and all of a sudden there was nothing, just no life. Then I was awake and in pain again.”
Was dying the same, both times?
“The two experiences were exactly the same. The only difference is that the accident one, I remember the seconds before a lot more clear. The second time, I was in so much pain that I wasn’t really fully aware of my surroundings…”
Do you fear death less now you’ve already died twice?
“I definitely fear it less. I know now that death is nothing worse than sleeping. When you die, you just stop existing, nothing to worry about!”
Did dying make you more or less religious?
“I have always been an atheist, but I have always had a part of me that hoped there was a God or Heaven or something greater than us. I mean, who wouldn’t want there to be a Heaven?
“I am still an atheist, and now I know that there is no such thing as God or Heaven. At least not for me. My reasoning behind that is no God would ever put a person and family through such a experience…”
“Death is death. Once you’re dead, that’s it, it’s over.”
Is there anything you want to do on earth before you die again?
“No personal achievement will matter to me once I’m dead. The only thing that will live on after my death will be my impact on the people that are still alive.”
Did the experience make you reassess your priorities? Did it make you want to settle down and have kids?
“No, no, no! I am only 22 so if anything, this has made me think that I want to live MY life first, before I bring someone else into my life.
“Also, this experience was quite challenging both physically and mentally, and it still is, so I really can’t afford to spend time/energy on someone else. I need to focus on getting back to 100% before I can even think about caring for someone else.”