Life review

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Life review[a] is a phenomenon widely reported in near-death experiences in which people see their life history in an instantaneous and rapid manifestation of autobiographical memory. Life review is often described by those who have experienced it as "having their life flash before their eyes".[4]

Research and phenomenology[edit]

Commentators[5][6] note that near-death experiencers undergo a life review in which the meaning of their life is presented to them, but also how their life affected other people, as well as an awareness of the thoughts and feelings of these people. Bruce Greyson [7] described the life review as a "rapid revival of memories that sometimes extends over the person's entire life". The memories are described as being "many". The review might also include a panoramic quality. According to Jeffrey Long[6] the experience of a life review is often described from a third-person perspective.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The phenomenon has been called life review,[1] visual life review experience,[2] and compressed life review[3] in academic papers.


  1. ^ Noyes, Russell; Kletti, Roy (May 1977). "Panoramic Memory: A Response to the Threat of Death". OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying. 8 (3): 181–194. doi:10.2190/0UD7-H3WR-1ENN-57CN. ISSN 0030-2228.
  2. ^ King, Robert A. (October 2022). "A Closer Look at Visual Life Reviews and Age in Adulthood During Near-Death Experiences". Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. 86 (4): 209–225.
  3. ^ Nourkova, VV (February 26, 2020). "Compressed Life Review: Extreme Manifestation of Autobiographical Memory in Eye-Tracker". Behavioral sciences (Basel, Switzerland). 10 (3).
  4. ^ Donnelly, Laura (2017-01-29). "Your life really does flash before your eyes before you die, study suggests". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  5. ^ Hagan, John C. "Near-Death Experiences. I Hope You Are Comfortable With Them By Now!" Missouri Medicine, 112:2 March/April 2015
  6. ^ a b Long, Jeffrey. "Near-Death Experiences. Evidence for Their Reality". Missouri Medicine, 111:5, September/October 2014
  7. ^ Greyson, Bruce. "Implications of Near-Death Experiences for a Postmaterialist Psychology." Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2010, Vol. 2, No. 1, 37–45