It’s one of the most mysterious — yet divisive — questions facing mankind: What happens after we die? For centuries, stories of those who suffered clinical death and came back to life with memories of other-worldly encounters were either ignored, suppressed, or dismissed by scientists as hallucinations. But the increasing use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, backed by a body of worldwide research, is lending scientific heft to a subject once thought untouchable. Kojo explores the stories and science behind post-death experiences, and finds out how these encounters change both patients and doctors.

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  • Judy Bachrach Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Author, "Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death"

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Excerpted with permission from GLIMPSING HEAVEN: The Stories and Science of Life After Death (National Geographic Books) by Judy Bachrach.

Video: Pamela Reynolds, Life After Death

Pam Reynolds Lowery was an American singer-songwriter who had one of the most famous near death experiences in 1991, at the age of 35, during brain surgery.

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