The person named Sherry was in a serious car accident when she was younger, which left her fighting for her life. Sherry temporarily died, and while she was under, she believes she caught a glimpse of the afterlife – or at least heard voices from it. In her near death experience (NDE), Sherry said that she could hear the Virgin Mary telling Sherry that it was not her time.
Sherry wrote on the Near Death Experience Research: “I heard a woman’s voice say, ‘You will not die’. I thought it was either my deceased mother or mother-in-law.
“As I went back into my body, I knew the voice I heard was the Virgin Mary. I call her Mother Mary.
“This is the second time in my life that I heard and knew that this was her voice.
“As a small child, I heard her voice and felt her presence. By the Grace of God, the propane did not explode. Life has not been the same since.
“I could not communicate to anyone what happened, no words could describe that a miracle had happened. I am not the same person today as I was in that car almost four years ago.”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “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.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
He said thanks to modern technology and science “death does not have to be limited to philosophy and religion, but it can be explored through science”.
He added: “They can hear things and record all conversations that are going on around them.”