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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Remote sensing of Death
This is a direct observation of sensing
the death of a loved one at a great distance and it is nicely beyond rational challenge.In fact the ongoing acceptance of speculative
scientific explanations beggars the imagination and most certainly does not
provide a viable rational at all.
In fact it substitutes authority
and denial for a proper consideration of the data.I have seen the same thing on every phenomenon
that I have investigated.
The whole phenomenon of the
plausible reality of an afterlife has been well demonstrated over and over
again with numerous witnesses.It
appears to be very real.
I have also posited that it will
be within our own capacity to provide such a matrix inside the next two
generations with our expanding technical capacity.Since that is obviously possible, then it is
even more likely that this has already been achieved by Earth based lifeforms
around forty thousands of years ago.If
that holds up, then it is reasonable that the capacity has existed outside the
solar system for many additional millennia.
It is thus completely reasonable
that a compassionate progenitor of the human race would provide an artificial
afterlife with a set of sensible rules and opportunities.
Denying that reality is tantamount
to claiming humanity is unique in the whole universe and in all time.I thought Galileo ended that conceit.
Can your sixth sense tell when a loved one has died miles away?
It’s something many of us suspect – and now there’s startling evidence
it really happens
Leaning against the back of her chair, Annie Cap clutched at her chest
as she coughed and battled for breath. ‘I’d never experienced anything like
this before. I felt like I had a blockage in my airways and I couldn’t take in
any air,’ she recalls. ‘It was a horrible sensation.’
At the same time, Annie felt suffused with an urgent sense of purpose:
she knew she must call the hospital thousands of miles away, where she knew her
mother lay gravely ill.
Still gasping for breath as she dialled the number, Annie asked to be
put through to her mother’s room. ‘My sister answered the phone and was stunned
to hear my voice. She and the rest of my family were just about to call me to
tell me Mum was dying.
Extraordinary bond: Annie is convinced she had a so-called 'empathic'
death experience when her mother died
‘She had been coughing and fighting for breath for the last
half-an-hour. My sister put the telephone to my mother’s ear so I was able to
tell her I loved her, and it was ok, she could let go. She took her last breath
as the phone was being held to her head.’
Could Annie’s own sensation of fighting for breath have been a
coincidence? She doesn’t think so. ‘To me, there is no doubt Mum was very
deliberately reaching out to me across the miles. She wanted to say goodbye,
and this was her way.’
Annie had no way of putting a name to her experience at the time, but
in the seven years since her mother passed away she has become convinced that
what happened was a shared or so-called ‘empathic’ death experience, in which
she physically felt her mother’s fatal symptoms.
The notion so overwhelmed her that she has spent the last few years
trying to make sense of it. The result is a book, Beyond Goodbye, in which
Annie explores the notion of synchronicity in death — that we can, sometimes,
connect with a loved one in extraordinary ways that are not easily explained by
As she puts it: ‘I found there are thousands of reports of people
halfway around the world from their loved ones who sensed something at the time
they passed on. It can be as simple as a feeling of dread, seeing a fleeting
image or just an absolute knowledge that a particular person has died.
‘At the more extreme end of the spectrum, it can be a physical
experience. But people just didn’t feel they could talk about it.’ That’s
hardly surprising: plenty of people remain sceptical about the notion of any
Until seven years ago, in fact, Annie, now 51, was one of them. ‘I was
the last person to believe in this stuff,’ she says. ‘I thought when you died
you died, there was nothing fancy about it. I was agnostic, a sceptic — all
Raised in Oregon in the U.S. as one of seven children, she moved to Britain 13 years ago and settled in Canterbury, Kent,
after meeting her husband Matthew, a cider producer. Despite the physical
distance between them, however, she remained incredibly close to her mother,
Reaching out: Annie pictured with her late mother, whose presence she
has felt from beyond the grave
‘I was the last child left at home with Mum, and when my mother and
father divorced I also lived with her for a couple of years as an adult. We
were more like close friends.’ Her mother, she says, remained in
reasonably good health until, aged 78, she became ill very suddenly.
‘She fell ill on Boxing Day 2004. No one thought it was serious until
tests showed that all her major organs were shutting down,’ Annie recalls. ‘I
desperately wanted to fly home but by the time I realised how serious it was, I
couldn’t get a flight — because of the time of year everything was fully
booked. All I could do was sit and wait for the news.’
Yet instead of a telephone call from a family member, she now firmly
believes she received a spiritual message from her mother in the form of those
acute physical symptoms.
‘My mother died on January 2, but at first I didn’t really compute what
had happened as I was dealing with the most horrendous grief. I was distraught,
and cried constantly. At the same time, I was just grateful I’d had a chance to
say goodbye,’ she says.
‘As time went on, I did try to talk about what had happened with my
siblings but it was difficult. I encountered a lot of resistance. Most of them
As she tried to make sense of what had happened, Annie was also
battling other sensations. ‘I had this extraordinarily profound conviction that
my mum was back with me,’ she says. ‘In the darkest moments of my grief, I had
very distinct sensations of her stroking my hair to comfort me, just as she
used to do when I was a child.’
'In the darkest moments of my grief, I had very distinct sensations of
her stroking my hair to comfort me, just as she used to do when I was a child'
There were other peculiarities, too.
‘I started to find hair pins, of the kind my mother used to wear,
dotted around the house. They would be in random places — by the coffee-maker,
on the sofa. My husband noticed them, too. I had very short hair and didn’t use
anything like that, so it was hugely odd.’ Annie continues: ‘My mother was
a smoker and I woke up in the morning to the smell of cigarettes even though
our house was totally smoke-free.
‘It took me a long time to admit these things were happening, although
it helped that I wasn’t alone. My husband is a very rational man, with a
science degree, but he was there when a lot of these things happened.’
Intrigued, Annie started to research her experiences, discovering that
they had much in common with people who had undergone near-death experiences.
‘Those people often end up with heightened sensation, a sort of sixth
sense if you like, which is how I felt. I was taken aback, but it was also a
relief to find I wasn’t alone, that what I’d felt was normal.’
Nor is Annie alone in believing she experienced a moment of
extraordinary empathy with a dying relative despite being separated by a vast
physical distance. Astonishing though it may sound, an increasing number of
people believe they were physically connected with their loved ones as they
passed away, while others speak of experiencing visions of a world beyond while
gathered at the bedside of a loved one as they take their last breath.
Women like Hannah Evans, a 41-year-old teacher from Newcastle upon
Tyne, who believes she ‘shared’ in the death of her father, Eric, when he died
from lung cancer two years ago.
‘Dad and I were very close and I was devastated when he diagnosed with
cancer,’ she says. ‘He was given a year to live and for the last few days he
was hospitalised. I was an only child and Mum had died several years earlier,
so our relationship was quite intense. I barely left his side.’
Scientific explanation: Cynics dismiss near-death experiences as simply
hallucinations caused by lack of oxygen to the brain
As her father’s condition worsened, nurses told Hannah to prepare for
the end. ‘I knew he didn’t have long. He was drifting in and out of
consciousness and I don’t think he even knew I was there,’ she recalls. Yet
what happened next was utterly unexpected.
‘I felt like I was having my own out-of-body experience. I felt like I
was watching everything from above, my dad’s body, the nurses. And I could see
myself, too. And in the distance I saw light and my mum smiling.’
Hannah has no idea how long it lasted, but the next thing she can
remember, the trance was over. ‘I felt myself pulled back, as it were, and I
was just in my chair, with the nurses saying: “I’m sorry, he’s gone.”
‘It was an extraordinary feeling, and one that, at the time, I had no
real comprehension of.’ Of course, what Hannah experienced can be
dismissed as the grief-stricken hallucinations of a tired and emotional
daughter. Yet Hannah says she cannot shake off her conviction that she
accompanied her father on his first steps of his journey to the afterlife,
undergoing an altered state of consciousness which coincided with her father’s
‘I was never one for believing anything like that, but this has changed
me,’ she says. ‘I had never heard of shared death experiences. I only know how
I felt and what I saw.’
Nonetheless, her conviction is not enough to convince the cynics. Large
parts of the scientific community tend to dismiss near-death experiences as
simply hallucinations caused by anoxia — or lack of oxygen to the brain. Shared
death experiences, they reason, are the product of coincidence, or
hallucination, viewed afterwards through the understandable human desire to
connect with a loved one as they pass away.
Not so, says Dr Peter Fenwick, an eminent neuropsychiatrist who has
spent many years studying near-death experiences and shared death experiences.
He has become increasingly convinced they are a result of a ‘loosening of
consciousness’ that occurs around the death process.
‘In effect, this means the mind of the dying person is then no longer
bound by any constraints of time and space, which seem to limit us while we’re
in physical form,’ he explains. ‘This can then encompass someone with whom
the dying person is closely connected.’
Nor is Dr Fenwick alone among the medical community in believing the
received view on the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by
most physicians, philosophers and psychologists is too narrow for a proper
understanding of what happens as people approach death.
Dr Pim van Lommel, a Dutch cardiologist, also believes the way we view
consciousness needs to change.
He has spent years studying near-death phenomena, sparked by the
realisation that a sizeable portion of patients who had suffered cardiac arrest
reported the same sensations and phenomena at a time when they had been
pronounced brain dead, and says he has moved from a position of scepticism to
A recent study found that approximately one in five heart attack patients
who survived reported havingnear-death experience
‘What I’ve witnessed and the data I have gathered have convinced me the
hypothesis that consciousness is a by-product of brain-function has to be
discussed again,’ he says. ‘It’s hard for people to accept because it goes
against the basic principles you learn in medical school, which holds that
consciousness is only there when the body is functioning.
‘Now I am convinced it is not true, that it can exist separately.
Moreover, I believe in an altered state of consciousness where there is no time
and space in the way that we understand it.’
This, he says, goes some way to explaining shared death experiences in
which people undergo vivid and sometimes terrifying dreams in which their loved
ones appear to them to ‘tell’ them they have passed away — only to wake and
find the prophecy has come true.
Robert Lennox, 46, from Gloucestershire, remains convinced that his
wife Sharon appeared to him in a dream at the exact moment she was killed in a
road accident on the A1 five years ago. An engineer, Robert was in California on business
when he underwent what he is convinced is a shared death experience.
‘I had the most terrifying nightmare, unlike anything I had ever
experienced before. Sharon
was standing by a roadside just saying over and over: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”
‘I woke with the certain knowledge she was gone. When I turned on my
phone, I had several messages to call home and found she had been killed
instantly when a lorry had collided with her car at lunchtime.’
Robert says he shared what had taken place with only his closest
friends, aware of the cynicism that surrounds such proclamations. ‘A lot
of them have said it was clearly coincidence. One friend said it was a product
of misplaced guilt that I wasn’t with Sharon
when she died in clearly horrible circumstances. But it doesn’t explain
the conviction I felt. I feel convinced Sharon
did speak to me that night.’ For Dr Fenwick, the scepticism is understandable.
‘These instances are outside one’s normal experience, and that
frightens people,’ he says. ‘For some people, even discussing them feels
like we are harking back to an era of shamen, even though increasingly the
bright light of science is a very good way of examining this phenomenon.’
Meanwhile, Dr Penny Sartori, who was prompted to investigate near-death
and shared death experiences after nearly 20 years as an intensive-care nurse,
also believes many people have experienced empathic death moments with a loved
one but have chosen to suppress them.
‘One problem is we haven’t really got the language for these shared
experiences,’ she says. ‘Some people call it synchronicity, some call it energy
resonance, some call it linkage. However you chose to label it, I believe it’s
not uncommon, it’s just that people tend not to talk about it for fear of being
For Annie, however, the experience has proved life-changing. ‘I
have encountered scepticism about what I went through but I also know how it
felt, and what it has meant for me.
‘It enabled me to feel my mother’s presence in my life long after she’d
gone, and it has also made me unafraid of death. That’s a wonderful thing.’