No one knows for sure what happens after death, but researchers have been working to solve the question of what humans experience when they’re dying. What do the majority of people see when they’re about to die? What do they feel? Charlotte Martial, PhD, neuropsychologist at the University of Liège and University Hospital of Liège, Belgium, and her team analyzed the written accounts of near-death experiences from 154 people, publishing the results in Frontiers of Neuroscience. It’s the first rigorous study of this phenomena, Dr. Martial told ScienceDaily. As it turns out, there are four major events common to these close calls.
The sensation of peacefulness might not be something you’d expect of a near-death experience, but the study reported that a whopping 80 percent of participants shared this feeling. A lot of us fear death and expect the worst when it comes to dying, so it’s nice to know that a peaceful feeling is the most common near-death phenomena of all. (Maybe finding some humor in the afterlife can help?)