near-death experience


: an occurrence in which a person comes very close to dying and has memories of a spiritual experience (such as meeting dead friends and family members or seeing a white light) during the time when death was near

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Recent Examples on the Web After Yaneli underwent years of treatment that included a harrowing near-death experience, doctors recently told her and her parents that there are no signs of cancer in her body. Lisa Song, ProPublica, 13 Apr. 2023 On April 11, the actor and host of Rennervations hosted the premiere of Disney+ series just 14 weeks after his near-death experience. Vulture, 12 Apr. 2023 Not only that, but Billing had also invested in First Republic Bank, which itself had a near-death experience. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023 Morris’s near-death experience had marked the end of his drug use. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2023 The science behind a near-death experience has to do with brain activity. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2023 In the new movie, Kirby is depicted as having embarked on a law enforcement career since her near-death experience, now working as an FBI agent based in Atlanta. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2023 Pevchikh also participated in a probe of Navalny’s near-death experience. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2023 Luckily for both Grimes and Tucker, a nonprofit called Guardians of Rescue got involved and orchestrated an emotional reunion that involved months of paperwork, canceled flights and a near-death experience. Amanda Lee Myers, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Near-death experience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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