The Trigger of Shared
Raymond Moody's Research
A phenomenon closely
related to DBVs and NDEs is
(SDEs) as coined by
Dr. Raymond Moody.
In these experiences, bystanders who are
close to a dying person experience many
of the same aspects of the NDE along with
the dying person, including leaving their
bodies, meeting beings of light, and seeing
the life review of the dying person. These
bystanders are themselves healthy and not
dying yet seem to share these experiences.
This phenomenon casts doubt upon the materialistic
theory that NDEs are caused by hallucinations
of a dying brain. In his book,
Glimpses of Eternity:
An Investigation Into Shared Death Experiences,
Dr. Moody shares the eyewitness accounts
of those who have shared the experiences
of the dying. His book is filled with case
studies of SDEs and draws upon his lifetime's
research as well as recent findings.
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The Shared Death Experience of Johnny and His Wife
In one example of a shared
death experience, Dr. Moody reports about a woman
who experienced a vivid shared life review with
her dying husband named Johnny and included events
she was completely unaware unaware of:
"I was beside him the
whole time in the hospital and was holding onto
him when he died. When he did, he went right through
my body. It felt like an electric sensation, like
when you get your finger in the electrical socket,
only much more gentle.
"Anyway, when that happened
our whole life sprang up around us and just kind
of swallowed up the hospital room and everything
in it in an instant. There was light all around:
a bright, white light that I immediately knew -
and Johnny knew - was Christ.
"Everything we ever did
was there in that light. Plus I saw things about
Johnny... I saw him doing things before we were
married. You might think that some of it might be
embarrassing or personal, and it was. But there
was no need for privacy, as strange as that might
seem. These were things that Johnny did before we
were married. Still, I saw him with girls when he
was very young. Later I searched for them in his
high school yearbook and was able to find them,
just based on what I saw during the life review
during his death.
"In the middle of this
life review, I saw myself there holding onto his
dead body, which didn't make me feel bad because
he was also completely alive, right beside me, viewing
our life together.
"By the way, the life
review was like a 'wraparound.'
Note: This refers to 360 degree
vision often experienced in NDEs] I don't
know how else to describe it. It was a wraparound
scene of everything Johnny and I experienced together
or apart. There is no way I could even put it into
words other than to say that all of this was in
a flash, right there at the bedside where my husband
"Then, right in the middle
of this review, the child that we lost to a miscarriage
when I was still a teenager stepped forth and embraced
us. She was not a figure of a person exactly as
you would see a human being, but more the outline
or sweet, loving presence of a little girl. The
upshot of her being there any issues we ever had
regarding her loss were made whole and resolved.
I was reminded of the verse from the Bible about
'the peace that passeth all understanding.' That's
how I felt when she was there.
"One of the funny things
about this wraparound view of our life was that
we had gone to Atlanta in the seventh grade, to
the state capital, where there was a diorama. So
at one point we were watching this wraparound and
watching ourselves in another wraparound - a diorama
- where we stood side-by-side as kids. I burst out
laughing and Johnny laughed too, right there beside
"Another thing that was
strange about this wraparound was that in certain
parts of it were panels or dividers that kept us
from seeing all of it. I don't have the words to
this, but the screens or panels kept particular
parts of both of our lives invisible. I don't know
what was behind them but I do know that these were
thoughts from Christ, who said that someday we would
be able to see behind those panels too."
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A Dying Mother and Her Daughter's Shared Death Experience
In another example,
Dr. Moody documented the account of a woman in her
seventies who described a shared death experience
while tending to her dying mother.
As her mother died the
light in the room suddenly became much brighter
and she felt a rocking motion through her whole
Note: Such rocking motions are an
indication of an out-of-body experience.]
She then found herself seeing the room from a different
angle, from above and to the left side of the bed
instead of from the right side.
"This rocking forward
motion was very comfortable, and not at all like
a shudder and especially not like when a car you
are riding in lurches to the side and you get nauseous.
I did not feel uncomfortable but in fact the opposite;
I felt far more comfortable and peaceful than I
ever felt in my life.
"I don't know whether
I was out of my body or not because all the other
things that were going on held my attention. I was
just glued to scenes from my mother's life that
were flashing throughout the room or around the
bed. I cannot even tell whether the room was there
any more or if it was, there was a whole section
of it I hadn't noticed before. I would compare it
to the surprise you would have if you had lived
in the same house for many years, but one day you
opened up at it and found a big secret compartment
you didn't know about. This thing seemed so strange
and yet perfectly natural at the same time.
"The scenes that were
flashing around in midair contained things that
had happened to my mother, some of which I remembered
and others that I didn't. I could see her looking
at the scenes too, and she sure recognized all of
them, as I could tell by her expression as she watched.
This all happened at once so there is no way of
telling it that matches the situation.
"The scenes of my mother's
life reminded me of old-fashioned flashbulbs going
off. When they did, I saw scenes of her life like
in one of the 3-D movies of the 1950s.
"By the time the flashes
of her life were going on, she was out of her body.
I saw my father, who passed seven years before,
standing there where the head of the bed would have
been. By this point the bed was kind of irrelevant
and my father was coaching my mother out of the
body. I looked right into his face and a recognition
of love passed between us, but he went right back
to focusing on my mother. He looked like a young
man, although he was 79 when he died. There was
a glow about or all through him - very vibrant.
He was full of life.
"One of his favorite
expressions was 'Look alive!' and he sure did look
alive when he was coaching my mother out of her
body. A part of her that was transparent just stood
right up, going through her body, and she and my
father glided off into the light and disappeared.
"The room sort of rocked
again, or my body did, but this time backward in
the opposite direction and then everything went
back to normal.
"I felt great tenderness
from my mother and father. This entire event overflowed
with love and kindness. Since that day I wonder:
'Is the world we live in just a figment of our imagination?'"
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