When the heart stops the blood supply to the brain is quickly cut off – and in operating theatres, this moment would be recorded as the official time of death.  But studies show that the dead person’s mind and consciousness continue to work, at least for a short time – meaning the deceased can recognize their own death. Indeed there is some evidence to suggest the ‘dead person’ may even hear their own death

being announced as they lie on the operating theatre table. The macabre new studies mirror the plotline of the new Hollywood remake of Flatliners. The film follows a group of medical students experimenting with near-death-experiences by taking turns to chemically induce their heart to stop – and Flatline. In the movie, the stars experience some form of the afterlife but the reality of the new research is SO much weirder and so much more frightening. READ MORE