Speaking from a personal experience i had TWO encounters with dead people.
First was when i was about 15 years old, back then i used to go to a "Greek cafenio" which is where the old (over 50 ) Greek people used to go to pass the time by playing cards, backgammon and talk to each other, i used to seat around them listening to the conversations, watching them playing cards and etc.
One night i went to sleep and i dreamed one of the guys that i was seen regally up in the club walking down the street with a bandage around his head and he says to me waving his hand " i am going, leaving, goodbye " when i woke up in the morning i dint think much of the dream until i went to the club and the others were talking about someone had taking his own life and i got the shock of my life when i saw the same guy that i saw in my dream on the front page of the paper and shot him self in the head at his desk where he worked.
And second was about six years ago when one of our friends mother died,
about two weeks after she died the Mrs and me had a tiff and i went on a scotch binge at the casino, i sad at one of the poker machines and i was playing, next thing i notice is this lady, sharply dressed with a handbag across her arm comes and sits next to me, i looked at her and i went blank, that was my friends mother WHO DIED that sat next to me, she puts a coin in the machine, plays one round she gets up walks around me from the behind, while i was staring at her she turns her head and i see her mumbling something, i didn't hear her talk only a upset look and her mouth talking with out any sound, i turned back on my poker machine ( complete socked and changed color to white) then i turned back to see where she was and i couldn't see anywhere.
I continue playing the machine trying to comprehend as to what has really happened, hundred thoughts came to mind, no i don't see things when i drink, no i dint take lsd, that was defiantly her but she died, and many explanations as to why, may for her to GO ON she had to do something good for someone?
Anyway, Conclusion? to me anyway, when we dream we go in the midle, what it is after and what it can be.
When you die you still take the body form you as a human have here, you a judge by your "peers" (just like our courts ) to continue ( don't know where) or come back to pay (the "old soul" theory)
And as for RELIGION it took me right out of it, why you say?
well the dead mothers son when he told the priest and nuns as to what i went through they went off at him calling blasphemous saying only saints come on earth with their body's and other crap.
Below is a program from coast to cost about afterlife, when i will found some other programs about the same subject i will post them too.
Host: Ian Punnett
Guests: Pim van Lommel
Ian Punnett welcomed cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel, who talked about how his research into near-death experiences concludes that these are authentic events that cannot be attributed to imagination. Van Lommel explained that cardiac arrest survivors are ideal candidates for NDE studies because it is thought to be medically impossible for them to experience consciousness when their circulation and breathing have ceased. Additionally, unlike previous NDE studies which relied on testimony submitted by those who had near-death experiences, his research actively sought out potential candidates from cardiac arrest survivors.
This prospective method was surprisingly simple, in that he merely asked the out-treatment patients if they "had memories of the period of unconsciousness.
That was the only question."
One particularly strong piece of evidence that Van Lommel discussed was NDEs where the experiencers received previously unknown information. To that end,he shared the tale of a man who had a cardiac arrest and then an NDE. During his near-death experience, the man saw an older gentleman who "looked at him lovingly, but whom he did not know." Over ten years later, as his mother was dying, she revealed to him that he was conceived via an extramarital affair.
The mother then showed her son the picture of his biological father and it was the man he saw in the afterlife. Similarly, Van Lommel told the story of a little girl who had an NDE via drowning and, upon her recovery, said that "my brother was with me." However, the girl's brother died before she was born and her parents had been waiting until she was older to tell her about him.
Van Lommel also broke down some of the trends and statistics gleaned from his study of NDEs and their aftermath. For instance, he reported that 15% of those who had near-death experiences first went to a "frightening, dark space," but then saw the classic "tunnel of light." Chillingly, Van Lommel said that one to two percent of the experiencers stay in that dark place or travel "down, really down" to a Hell-like environment which is frightening and marked by feelings of guilt.
He noted that experiencers of these 'dark NDEs' have a very difficult time sharing their story and are haunted by it for a longtime afterward. Nonetheless, regardless of the content of the NDE, Van Lommel said that ultimately the outcome is seen as positive and transformative for the patients. He observed that "an experience of two minutes changes the whole life."