You will know when you’re dead. Then what?

According to a groundbreaking study, a person’s mind and consciousness continues to work for a short period of time after death. Does that mean they know when they are dead? Spooky stuff, eh? Read on to know what else the terrifying study says.

Everyone has thought about death at some point or other and wondered what happens when they die. Researchers have been studying this phenomenon for a while and seem to have come close to some pretty scary and mind-boggling answers. Scientists from New York University have been observing patients who have died and then have been brought back to life.

It is a real-life straight-line scenario where a patient who is pronounced clinically dead is recovered and brought back to the side of the living. It turns out that death is marked at a time when a person’s heart stops beating. However, that does not necessarily mean that the brain is dead or done.

This team has observed and documented cases across the US and Europe and has reached some pretty disturbing conclusions. The brain starts to die almost immediately after the heart stops pumping but people often remain somewhat conscious.

According to Dr Sam Parnia, the brain cells start to die within seconds and only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can slow it down. Stories from patients who have been brought back suggest that the brain continues to work for a brief and limited time after a person’s heartbeat stops. Studies have shown that a surge in brain activity can happen during the time of death.


What is bizarre about this phenomenon is the fact that the patients who were successfully resuscitated could provide faint details about what was happening in the room while they were termed ‘clinically dead’.

Dr. Parnia said, “They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working; they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them.” He also added that the staff could verify the details of the patient.

Parnia and his team of experts are still unsure as to why this phenomenon happens but it seems to have given them some direction for further experiments and studies.

“They become more altruistic, more engaged with helping others. They find a new meaning to life having had an encounter with death,” said Dr. Parnia, adding that this was one of the most similar experiences and attitude shared by such patients.