On August 8 1949, Church Army Captain Edmund Wilbourne was certified dead from pleurisy following a severe illness, and the funeral arrangements were put in hand. Two hours later he awoke in the mortuary of Crumpsall Hospital, having undergone a most extraordinary visionary experience which was to transform his life and remove all fear of death. Captain Wilbourne’s experience is unique but one of several thousand well attested cases from people who have returned from clinical death with a clear memory of their continuing existence outside the physical body. This film, interposed with professional comment from doctors and theologians, is a documentary account of six individuals who have had a ‘near death experience’ and its powerful effect on their lives. The discovery of these experiences will perhaps be regarded in time to come as the most important single contribution in shaping our attitudes to life and death.
This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes, medical procedures and language of the time it was made. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards. But the issues raised are timeless.