near-death experience
(NDE)
   A term coined in or shortly before 1975 by the American parapsychologist Raymond A. Moody, Jr. (b. 1944) to denote a collection of * sensory deceptions reported by individuals who were close to death or were declared clinically dead and then later resuscitated. Based on a study of 150 individuals, Moody discriminates nine broad categories of sensory deceptions characteristic of NDE, comprising (1) sounds such as buzzing, (2) feelings of peace and painlessness, (3) * out-of-body experiences (OBEs), (4) the feeling of travelling through a * tunnel, (5) the feeling ofrising into the heavens, (6) seeing deceased relatives or other people (i.e. *take-away apparitions or *personifications), (7) seeing spiritual beings, (8) seeing a review ofone's earthly life, and (9) feeling a reluctance to return to one's earthly life.
   References
   Moody, R.A. (1975). Life after life. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

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