Skip to content

Sensations of death via an article in New Scientist

Sensations of death via an article in New Scientist published on 2 Comments on Sensations of death via an article in New Scientist

Just in time for Halloween, New Scientist’s October 13, 2007 issue has an article about what various types of death [hanging, drowning, bleeding to death] feel like, as reported by those who have survived massive injuries. I was particularly interested in the effects of exsanguination which, it turns out, are just an extreme version of what happens after donating blood.


well, after donating red cells. Platelets and plasma are really only uncomfortable while you’re giving, because the the stuff they give back comes into your body cold, and sometimes your teeth can feel all funny, but crunching up a Rolaid fixes that.

That article confirms my belief that my chosen form of death, if I could choose one, is to freeze to death or die my sleep.

It didn’t mention that when people die in bed of old age or illness (even non-lung stuff…she was talking about my grandmother, who died of leukaemia) my mom told me something like that they start to have trouble breathing and gasp funny (or something like that), and then they stop. That gasping terrifies me. I hate the idea of grabbing for air. But maybe you don’t know that you are then, maybe you’re already out.

Leave a Reply to melopoeia Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Primary Sidebar