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What happens when we die? In this brilliant and effecting meditation on death and what might lie beyond, former Los Angeles Times writer Erika Hayasaki pursues that very question, one with which she's become "quietly obsessed" since her college days when she moonlighted as an obit writer for a local Illinois newspaper. Hayasaki examines all aspects of the question, describing moving scenes of near-death and life-after-death experiences, exploring the science behind them, and tracing the emotional crescendo that comes with approaching death. Woven throughout is the story of her Uncle Richard, who survived a near-death experience 20 years ago, and who eventually succumbs to a chain-smoking habit that he'd kicked decades earlier. Hayasaki's telling of how she sought out and bonded with her bright but distant uncle is worth the price of admission alone. But for those who wonder what lies beyond, this is a must-read piece capable of generating real chills. --Chris Schluep

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  • File Size: 117 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074FJDQQ
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Erika Hayasaki is an assistant professor in the Literary Journalism Department at the University of California, Irvine, an undergraduate degree program dedicated to teaching narrative journalism. She spent nearly a decade as a reporter covering breaking news and writing feature stories for the Los Angeles Times, where she was a staff metro reporter, education writer, and New York-based national correspondent. She is the author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life (Simon & Schuster January 2014), and has published two Kindle Singles (Dead or Alive, 2012) and (Drowned by Corn, 2014). She regular writes for Newsweek and The Atlantic. Read more at or follow her on Twitter @erikahayasaki.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rett01 VINE VOICE on February 3, 2012
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Washed by "zillions and zillions" of otherworldly pinpoints of bright light, like stars. Being caught up in diorama of your own life. Floating outside your own body, hovering near the ceiling, looking down at the efforts to save you.

Nearly all Near Death Experiences (NDEs) include recurring images, sensations and emotions often of euphoria or extreme pleasure.

One patient, resuscitated after being declared clinically dead, recalled observing a serial number written on the top of a ventilator in the hospital room. She could repeat the number to the nurses. A janitor was called, got a ladder and climbed to the top of the machine. It contained a serial number. He read the numbers. They matched.

Maybe it's time to cue the "Twilight Zone" theme music. But as Erika Hayasaki explores, she finds more and more scientific evidence that death and the way we define the end of life may not be exactly as we think. Consciousness may live on after our heart stops, eyes dilate and our brain waves flat-line.

Maybe the sensation of your life flashing in front of you or out-of-body experiences have a physiological explanation but then, again, maybe there's more to it. Hayasaki does a convincing job of research that provides an introduction to current thinking about NDE and the clinical meaning of death.

She writes with a clear head and presents a persuasive argument that the finality of death might not be so final. Her essay is also the story of her uncle Richard, who at 43 had a severe heart attack in 1991, was clinically death, then revived and recounts a vivid, believable memory of his out-of-body experience that included communing with a twin brother, who had died at birth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on February 4, 2012
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I imagine that most people have at least heard of near-death experiences (NDE), but author Erika Hayasaki does a fine job of summarizing current knowledge about the subject, and making it more personal with the experience one of her uncles had after a heart attack.

Near-death experiences have been reported for many years, but the scientific and medical communities are finally beginning to take the phenomenon seriously, and a number of studies have been done, with some of these ongoing now. For example, since many people who have died and been resuscitated reported that they were weightless and floating above their body, one current study has pictures placed in hospital rooms in locations that only someone who was almost to the ceiling could see. It's a long shot, but if a resuscitated patient does identify one of the pictures, it could be the hard evidence to validate the experiences that many have reported.

But the author doesn't only report on various studies and reported experiences. It got personal when she interviewed her Uncle Richard about his experience after a heart attack two decades ago, when he stated that he briefly joined a community of brilliant lights, like a "zillion, zillion stars in one place."

The author gave a fairly balanced look at NDE, including the views of professionals who believe the phenomenon can be explained through traditional neurophysiologic or psychological factors. There's even a bit of humor, as in comedian Jeff Foxworthy's story of the fish who had a near-death experience and lived to tell his buddies about it.

"Dead or Alive" is a fascinating look at what we know about the near-death experience. With 677 Kindle locations, it's about the length of an extended magazine article, and is an excellent introduction to a topic of interest to many people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. V. Buckley on February 6, 2012
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Death is one of those topics about which my feelings are mixed. Well, maybe not death per se. No doubt that our physical bodies can and do cease to function from any number of causes. But what about after that? Do we have a consciousness or soul that survives and passes on to some other realm after our physical bodies have ceased all the chemical and electrical reactions that we associate with life?

Erika Hayasaki, in her Kindle Single Dead or Alive, poses some provocative questions about Near Death Experiences. She recounts cases of people who claim to have experienced the tunnel, the blinding light, the life review, the meetings with long-gone family and friends or beings of light that many NDE patients claim to have experienced. She also interviews scientific skeptics who dismiss NDEs as chemical or horomonal reactions in a traumatized brain as life seeps away. And she talks with researchers who are beginning to study NDEs in an effort to find scientific, emperical proof for a topic that has always been considered highly subjective.

Throughout the Single Hayasaki interweaves the story of Richard, her uncle, who underwent his own NDE. As much as the research into NDEs is compelling and throught-provoking, it is Richard's story that provides the story's heart.

I've always had a fascination with NDEs. Years ago I worked in a hospital and was fascinated by some of the stories told by nurses - especially pediatric nurses - who worked with terminally ill patients. While the stories I heard and those that Hayasaki collected in Dead or Alive don't provide absolute, verifiable proof one way or another, they do point to some fascinating clues about the nature of the lives we live.

Dead or Alive is fascinating reading for anyone who has lost a loved one or pondered their own mortality. And I'm pretty sure that includes all of us.
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