Death & the Future Life: Modern Views & NDEs
Before reading these articles it is suggested that one
first read A Few Words Concerning Orthodox "Death
Literature". Also, Fr. Seraphim Rose deals heavily with the modern
near-death experience phenomenon in his book The
Soul After Death.
St. Sisoes the Great
by the hand of Fr. Theodore Jurewicz
The "Near-Death Experience", by David Ritchie
Unbelievable for Many, But Actually a True
Occurrence: An individual's description of his having
been restored to life after being dead for over 36 hours. It was published
by Mr. K. Uekskuell in the "Moscow Journal" towards the end
of the last century. In 1916, Archbishop Nikon, a member of the Holy Synod,
reprinted the article in his publication "Trinity Pages" with
the following comments: "In regard to this narrative, in due time,
we had correspondence with its author, who, after ascertaining its validity,
testified that his subject, after relating his experience, entered into
a monastery. In view of the fact that nothing in his narrative is in contradiction
to the stand of the Church on the mystery of death and the life beyond
death, we feel it beneficial to reprint this article as a separate publication."
A Miracle Which Took Place
in Russia: another modern Orthodox near-death experience.
A Return from the Dead in Contemporary Greece,
by Archimandrite [now Metropolitan] Cyprian of Fili.
Review of the movie What Dreams May Come,
starring Robin Williams and Annabella Sciorra. Reviewed by Protopresbyter
Review of the movie Ghost , starring
Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. Reviewed by Protopresbyter
"Sisoes, great among the ascetics, stood before the tomb of Alexander, Emperor
of the Greeks, who at one time had shone with glory; and horrified
by the inexorable passing of time and the vanity of this transient
world, "Lo!" he cried aloud, "beholding thee, O Grave,
I fear the Judgment of God and I weep, for the common destiny of
all mankind come to mind!... O Death, who can escape thee?"
The Inscription on the Icon
"Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth into dust; the dust
is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam whereto he
was converted might they not stop a beer-barrel?
"Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay,
Might stop a hole to keep the wind away:
O, that that earth which kept the whole world in awe
Should patch a wall to expel the winter's flaw!"
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,
by William Shakespeare (Act V, Scene I)