Artistic portrayals of near death experiences have always captured the imagination of the public. After all, death is surely an intriguing topic for just about everyone. Over the course of a lifetime many of us will help loved ones face their death and ultimately we will all die ourselves.
Whether you view death as a spiritual transformation or simply as the physical demise of the body, the best information about death may come from those that have come closest too it: the millions of people that have claimed to have experienced a near death experience.
Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch (around 1490)
Gustave Doré's depiction of the accent to heaven
(illustration of Dante Alighieri in the Paradiso)
Achilles Searching for the Parocles - Henry Fuseli
The Angel of Death - Evelyn De Morgan