Today as I was preparing to leave for work, I saw a program on TV that had someone talking about their near death experience. The man was clinically dead for 2 hours after drowning and then revived. The man was quiet, and calm and described dying as a wonderful, serene experience and said he didn't want to come back to life (although now he is grateful to be back alive). I didn't have time to watch the whole show, but it reminded me that nearly all near death experiences (NDE's) are reported with some variation of how wonderful and serene the people felt. I am a scientist. I don't really embrace things I cannot prove or do not have evidence of. I am also an agnostic. I do not know if there is an afterlife or not. I figure I will find out when the time comes. However, someone I love is fading from this life. She is old and fragile and afraid of dying, and I can empathize with that, I don't want to see her go either. Every day she gets up and fights, some days more than others. Mr Bonnet and I do our best to keep her entertained and engaged with life, but we know that some day the inevitable will happen. I hope that this man with the NDE is right, even if it's just the last gasp of consciousness, or a fleeting blip on your radar, I hope that we ease out of this life in happiness and serenity.