When my bother-in-law was 16 he became quite poorly and was rushed into hospital where tests were shown that he had Meningitis. He was poorly for quite some time. Within minutes of turning up in Casualty he became worse as the doctors tried to find out what was wrong. My other brother-in-law and their mum and dad were sat at his bedside as he seemed to drift in and out consciousness in A&E.
Fortunately he survived and made a full recovery!
But during the time he was under going tests and drifting in and out he recalls the room becoming brighter, so bright that he was forced to shut his eyes. On opening them again he found he was not at the hospital but on some sort of race track, and running by his side was a black figure with no face. He too was running. During this experience they both began to run faster and faster, he says he was out of breath but knew he had to keep running and beat whatever he was racing - which he managed to do! He says he woke up, from becoming unconscious, as soon as he over took the black figure that had been running with him.
Was this a race with Death? If he had lost would he have died? I truly believe that he ran for his life, which we're so glad he did.
I have heard stories on how people see their life flash before their eyes in a near death experience or how they see people/lights/images as their weakening - and have lived to tell the tale!
I believe some people get called to their deaths and will go at ease, others simply have a 2nd chance to use their mental abilities to beat it - especially if their not ready.