Stories of encountering the afterlife are well-documented by those who have survived a near-death experience (NDE). One of the more remarkable accounts arrives from a woman known only as Bella K.
She claims to have suffered a life-threatening event following an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
And although she did not clinically die, she still believes she briefly met Jesus Christ himself.
Posting her account to Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), she said: “All I can remember is music that was kind of in the background that was almost like notes within notes.
“The song that reminds me of it the most is ‘The Carol of the Bells’.
“I remember feeling very peaceful. I was sitting at a very plain wooden table and there was white all around the man, who was Jesus, who sat next to me.
“I remember feeling a sense of total love. There was no judgment, only pure love and I felt so good in his presence. I remember we were talking without using words.
“I would look into his eyes and find all the answers I was searching for.
“I remember expressing to him my confusion about the Holy Trinity and I remember his answer, somewhat.
However, despite the numerous accounts of near-death experiences, they remain very controversial in scientific circles.
The vast majority of researchers suggest these visions are a normal phenomenon and do not signify signs of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine, said: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Some medical experts have proposed NDEs are hallucinations triggered by a lack of oxygen reaching the brain.