People who have escaped death reveal what it really feels like

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  • People from round the world have shared epxeriences of near death with Quora
  • Christopher Mooney from Bristol felt deep calm and even a sense of amusement
  • New Yorker Kiara St. Clara cried out to dead loved ones but nobody came
  • Another woman felt herself moving out of body towards a bright light  

Siofra Brennan For Mailonline

It’s the one certainty that we will all face in the future, yet what it feels like to die remains the great unknown. 

Those who may be able to share some insight, however, are people who have narrowly escaped death – and some have shared their experiences in a Quora thread to shed some light on one of life’s greatest mysteries. 

Christopher Mooney from Bristol was one of those who shared their experience with the question and answer site, explaining that he’d previously had a brush with death and believes he was 20 to 30 seconds from the end of his life. 

Reassuringly, he described feeling calm, saying it was one of the ‘most peaceful moments’ of his life, and he even saw the funny side of how unlucky he was. 

He added that the stereotype of life flashing before your eyes was true, as he reflected on the person he was and if he could have done certain things differently. 

New Yorker Kiara St. Clara had a more traumatic tale to tell of when she suffered anaphylactic shock and her heart stopped for two minutes – an ordeal she describes as the worst loneliness she’d ever experienced.  

People who have been clinically dead or come very close to being killed have described what the last moments of life really feel like in a Quora Q&A (stock image)

People who have been clinically dead or come very close to being killed have described what the last moments of life really feel like in a Quora Q&A (stock image)

People who have been clinically dead or come very close to being killed have described what the last moments of life really feel like in a Quora Q&A (stock image)

Christopher Mooney from Bristol felt a deep sense of calm and was even amused that he'd been so unlucky when he had a brush with death

Christopher Mooney from Bristol felt a deep sense of calm and was even amused that he'd been so unlucky when he had a brush with death

Christopher Mooney from Bristol felt a deep sense of calm and was even amused that he’d been so unlucky when he had a brush with death

Kiara St Clara from New York felt alone and helpless and cried out for dead relatives to help her, but nobody came 

Kiara St Clara from New York felt alone and helpless and cried out for dead relatives to help her, but nobody came 

Kiara St Clara from New York felt alone and helpless and cried out for dead relatives to help her, but nobody came 

‘It was a dark, empty space where gravity didn’t seem to exist,’ she said. 

Kiara cried out for loved ones who had already passed away to help her, but nobody came and she felt regrets about things she hadn’t yet done. 

‘I was simultaneously enlightened and deeply confused and upset,’ she said. 

Another woman recalled feeling herself detaching from her body and being drawn towards a bright light. 

Lucia Arrigucci felt herself floating out of her body and towards a bright light 

Lucia Arrigucci felt herself floating out of her body and towards a bright light 

Lucia Arrigucci felt herself floating out of her body and towards a bright light 

All the tumultuous feelings of regret and expectation melted away for Austin McCormack who almost died in a motorbike accident 

All the tumultuous feelings of regret and expectation melted away for Austin McCormack who almost died in a motorbike accident 

All the tumultuous feelings of regret and expectation melted away for Austin McCormack who almost died in a motorbike accident 

Abhishek felt an overwhelming sense that there was more life ahead of him, but believes other people die with a profound sense of regret 

Abhishek felt an overwhelming sense that there was more life ahead of him, but believes other people die with a profound sense of regret 

Abhishek felt an overwhelming sense that there was more life ahead of him, but believes other people die with a profound sense of regret 

Michelle Fisher has had two near-death experiences, but said there was nothingness after her heart stopped 

Michelle Fisher has had two near-death experiences, but said there was nothingness after her heart stopped 

Michelle Fisher has had two near-death experiences, but said there was nothingness after her heart stopped 

James Pay saw all the good and bad things that had happened in his life, but still felt a profound sense of calm 

James Pay saw all the good and bad things that had happened in his life, but still felt a profound sense of calm 

James Pay saw all the good and bad things that had happened in his life, but still felt a profound sense of calm