When the heart stops the blood supply to the brain is quickly cut off – and in operating theatres this moment would be recorded as the official time of death.
But studies show that the dead person’s mind and consciousness continue to work, at least for a short time – meaning the deceased can recognise their own death.
Indeed there is some evidence to suggest the ‘dead person’ may even hear their own death being announced as they lie on the operating theatre table.
The implications for amost all the world’s religions which dictate a transfer of the soul at the moment of death are profound.
The macabre new studies also mirror the plotline of the Hollywood fllck Flatliners.
The film follows a group of medical students experimenting with near-death-experiences by taking turns to chemically induce their heart to stop – and Flatline.
In the movie the stars experience some form of afterlife but the reality of the new research is SO much weirder and so much more frightening.
Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, said people in the first phase of death may still experience some form of consciousness.
“Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts almost instantaneously.