Ghosts? Zombies? Coming back from the dead? These are the things that Halloween is made of and though they have yet to prove the existence of ghosts or zombies, researchers at Southampton University have found proof that life after death may not be so mysterious after all. Scientists studied 360 people who had all been resuscitated after experiencing cardiac arrest and they found that roughly 40% of them experienced some kind of “awareness” during the time that they were declared dead. “We used to think dying was black-and white, ‘bang-bang, you’re dead,'” Dr. Stephan Mayer, director of the Institute for Critical Care and Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, who was not involved in the study, told The Huffington Post. “Dying is a huge gray area. It is actually a shockingly gradual process that plays out over hours.” Some participants reported hearing beeps (from heart monitor machines) and one man was able to describe what hospital workers did to bring him back to life as though he had been standing in the room watching. The research was published in the journal of Resuscitation.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe