EVER wondered what happens after we die? Here’s everything you need to know, from what happens to our bodies to if there’s life after death.
What happens to your body after you die?
Medically speaking, death happens in two stages. The first, clinical death, lasts for four to six minutes from the moment a person stops breathing and the heart stops pumping blood.
During this stage, organs remain alive and there may be enough oxygen in the brain that no permanent damage occurs.
The second stage of dying, biological death, is the process by which the body’s organs shut down and cells begin to degenerate.
Doctors are often able to halt this process by cooling the body below its normal temperature, allowing them to revive patients before brain damage sets in.
Once biological death has happened muscles begin to relax, including the sphincter – which can cause the bowels to empty.
After 12 hours, skin loses its colour and blood pools at the lowest point of the body, causing red and purple bruising.
Before this, rigor mortis sets in, making the body stiff and rigid. This is caused by calcium leaking into the muscle cells, which binds to protein and causes them to contract.
Unless the body is embalmed, it will start decomposing as soon as blood stops flowing.
A process called putrefaction happens after bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract eats through the abdominal organs, releasing horrid smells which attract insects.
Maggots laid by blowflies eat the rotting body tissue and can consume 60 per cent of the body’s tissue in a few weeks.
The remaining parts are then eaten by plants, insects and animals, which can take a year or more depending on how the body has been buried.
What happens to thoughts after you die?
Scientists have conducted much research into what happens to consciousness after death.
In a recent study, doctors found that thoughts do carry on for up to three minutes after the heart stops beating.
But recently a man who had been pronounced clinically dead twice said that there was “nothing there” after death.
Reddit user r00tdude wrote: “It was just black emptiness. No thoughts, no consciousness, nothing.