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Human brain keeps working long after death, study shows

According to Canadian researchers, brain activity persists even after clinical death, reports

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Each of us inevitably confronts questions about the nature of death and what occurs after our body ceases to function. Recent studies carried out in a Canadian intensive care unit have illuminated some enigmatic facets of this process.

Medical personnel have reported that patients’ brain activity persisted for up to seven minutes after their life support systems were switched off and doctors declared them clinically dead. Even when the heart ceases its rhythmic beating and the body ceases all motion, the brain continues to function at its own level.

Dr. Sam Parnia, a specialist in the study of consciousness after death, has emphasized the significance of this research. He stresses that the next crucial step for scientists is to devise methods to monitor brain activity during the transition from life to death.

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Such knowledge could potentially enhance the quality of resuscitation and mitigate the risk of brain damage during cardiac recovery.

Furthermore, the researchers underline that every individual’s experience of death might be unique. Some individuals who have undergone cardiac arrest have reported newfound mental capabilities and distinctive perceptions. These occurrences offer us a fresh perspective on the essence of life and death.

The study also affirms that consciousness can persist even after cardiac arrest, when the brain teeters on the brink of cessation. This implies that a person’s consciousness can remain active, even if the brain functions for only a few minutes. Consequently, patients may undergo the moment when they are declared deceased and might even hear medical staff discussing it.

Another astonishing revelation is that certain individuals can undergo multiple episodes of death and rebirth. This underscores the complexity of pinpointing the exact moment of death.

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The study delves into a meticulous analysis of what transpires in the human brain during each of the seven minutes following death. From recollections of childhood to contemplations of character and relationships, each minute exerts its unique influence on the thoughts of a person nearing the end.

One of the researchers, Rajalakshmi Thevar, proposed that the initial minute following death might be a time of warmth and reminiscence of life’s most heartwarming moments. Subsequently, memories of childhood, the first games, and friendships come to the fore.

The third minute is devoted to love and intimate relationships, while the fourth revolves around moments of solitude. The fifth minute encompasses memories of joyous life experiences, and the sixth minute enables an individual to reflect on their character and interactions with others.

Dr. Parnia commented on the findings, stating that even though the previous assumption was that the brain suffered permanent damage 10 minutes after the heart ceases, the study discovered the brain could show signs of activity much longer.

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He concluded by saying, “This is the first large study to show that these recollections and brain wave changes may be signs of universal, shared elements of so-called near-death experiences.”

These revelations furnish us with fresh insights into the dying process and the essence of human consciousness. They also underscore the necessity for further exploration in this domain and the creation of novel methods to make the experience of cardiac arrest less distressing and more comprehensible for those undergoing it.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.