If you have had a near-death experience, you are not alone. There aren't any reliable statistics to prove how many people have had such experiences, but many people from all walks of life describe seeing something unusual while clinically dead or near death. Not everyone wakes up from a near-death experience ready to live life to its fullest. Some people wonder why.

Acceptance and Recovery

If you're left wondering why you're alive or if you're worthy of a second chance at life, the simple answer is to stop wondering. You are alive.

Whatever illness or injury precipitated your near-death experience, you need to recover physically. Take care of your body as well as your mind.

It may help to write about your near-death experience or record yourself speaking about it. This is for your own use. As you read or listen to your accounts, you may find some elements that you did not consciously remember.

You must integrate this new experience into your current life. People, including medical professionals, may tell you it was a hallucination, and you should just forget about it. Whatever you saw was very real to you, so your near-death experience is now part of you.

Seek counseling as soon as possible after your near-death experience. You may need to speak with more than one counselor before finding one who will be supportive and nonjudgmental about your experience.

Make new connections with other people. Avoid isolating yourself. You may feel changed or otherwise estranged from those you were once close to, but now may be a better time than ever to reach out.

Find your own life purpose. You may have gotten a confusing message or no message at all about what to do with the rest of your life. Ultimately, your life is what you make it.


  • Be selective about whom you discuss your experience with. Even if you feel like telling everyone you meet about your near-death experience, this can make others very uncomfortable.


  • If you ever feel like hurting yourself or others, seek help immediately.