Life After Life is a 1975 book written by psychiatristRaymond Moody. It is a report on a qualitative study in which Moody interviewed 150 people who had undergone near-death experiences (NDEs). The book presents the author's composite account of what it is like to die. On the basis of his collection of cases, Moody identified a common set of elements in NDEs:
(a) an overwhelming feeling of peace and well-being, including freedom from pain.
(b) the impression of being located outside one's physical body.
(c) floating or drifting through darkness, sometimes described as a tunnel.
(d) becoming aware of a golden light.
(e) encountering and perhaps communicating with a "being of light".
(f) having a rapid succession of visual images of one's past.
Life After Life sold more than 13 million copies, was translated into a dozen foreign languages and became an international best seller, which made the subject of NDEs popular and opened the way for many other studies.