Do near death experiences represent an authentic encounter with a world beyond? Best-selling author Raymond Moody explores the nature and significance of these profound experiences for those whose lives brush against death. This classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world’s leading authority in the field of near-death experiences.
In Life After Life Raymond Moody investigates case studies of people who experienced “clinical death” and were subsequently revived. The extraordinary stories presented here provide evidence that there is life after physical death, as Moody recounts the testimonies of those who have been to the “other side” and back — all bearing striking similarities of an overwelming positive nature. These moving and inspiring accounts give us a glimpse of the peace and unconditional love that await us all.
Life After Life is a 1975 book written by psychiatrist Raymond Moody. It is a report on a qualitative study in which Moody interviewed 150 people who had undergone near-death experiences (NDEs). The book presents the author’s composite account of what it is like to die. On the basis of his collection of cases, Moody identified a common set of elements in NDEs:
(a) An overwhelming feeling of peace and well-being, including freedom from pain.
(b) The impression of being located outside one’s physical body.
(c) Floating or drifting through darkness, sometimes described as a tunnel.
(d) Becoming aware of a golden light.
(e) Encountering and perhaps communicating with a “being of light”.
(f) Having a rapid succession of visual images of one’s past.
(g) Experiencing another world of much beauty.
Life After Life sold more than 13 million copies, was translated into a dozen foreign languages and became an international best seller, which made the subject of NDEs popular and opened the way for many other studies.Moody wrote a second book, Reflections on Life After Life (ISBN 0817714233), in 1977.