Life After Life (book)

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Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon—Survival of Bodily Death
Author Raymond A. Moody
Publisher Mockingbird Books
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 175
ISBN ISBN 978-0-89176-037-5
OCLC 12173853

Life After Life is a 1975 book written by psychiatrist Raymond 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.[1][2] On the basis of his collection of cases, Moody identified a common set of elements in NDEs:[3]

  • (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.
  • (g) experiencing another world of much beauty.[3]

Life After Life sold more than 13 million copies,[4] was translated into a dozen foreign languages[5] and became an international best seller, which made the subject of NDEs popular and opened the way for many other studies.[6][7]

Moody wrote a second book, Reflections on Life After Life (ISBN 0817714233), in 1977.[8]


  1. ^ Clifton D. Bryant (2003). Handbook of Death and Dying Sage, p.138.
  2. ^ Michael Marsh. Review: Beyond Death: The Rebirth of Immortality The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 7, No. 5 (Oct., 1977), pp. 40-42.
  3. ^ a b Harvey J. Irwin and Caroline Watt. An introduction to parapsychology McFarland, 2007, p. 159.
  4. ^ Towards the light The Age, March 23, 2004.
  5. ^ Louis E. LaGrand (1999), Messages and miracles: extraordinary experiences of the bereaved, St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, p. 9, ISBN 1-56718-406-5 
  6. ^ Harvey J. Irwin, Caroline Watt (2007). An introduction to parapsychology McFarland, p. 158.
  7. ^ Duane S. Crowther (2005). Life Everlasting Cedar Fort, p. 19.
  8. ^ Lee Worth Bailey and Jenny L. Yates (1996). The near-death experience: a reader Routledge, p. 26.

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