What is a Near Death Experience?

A near-death experience (NDE) refers to personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light. These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or has been very close to death. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased.1

The account of Anita’s experience has been documented by NDERF (Near Death Experience Research Foundation) and has been classified as “EXCEPTIONAL NDE”.

In August 2006, Anita Moorjani submitted her Near Death Experience description & Questionnaire to The Near Death Research Foundation. The owner of the site, Dr. Jeffrey Long, an oncologist, contacted Anita within hours of her submitting it, asking many follow up questions. Shortly after, Anita’s story went viral, spreading to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world via email.

Learn About Anita’s NDERead NDERF Q&ARead Supplemental NDERF Q&A

Near Death Experience Organizations

The Near Death Research Foundation (NDERF)

The Near Death Experience Research Foundation is the largest collection of Near Death Experiences (NDE) and the Afterlife in over 23 Languages comprising over 3000 full-text near death experiences, spiritually transforming events, consciousness studies, extensive information and research.


International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS)

IANDS’ purpose is to promote responsible, multi-disciplinary exploration of near-death and similar experiences, their effects on people’s lives, and their implications for beliefs about life, death, and human purpose.



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