posted on Jul, 2 2012 @ 11:51 PM
At the moment of death, everything appears confused. The soul takes some time to recover its self-consciousness, for it is as though stunned, and in a
state similar to that of a man waking out of a deep sleep, and trying to understand his own situation. It gradually regains clearness of thought and
the memory of the past in proportion to the weakening of the influence of the material envelope from which it has just freed itself, and the clearing
away of the sort of fog that obscured its consciousness.
The duration of the state of confusion that follows death varies greatly in different cases. It may be only of a few hours, and it may be of several
months, or even years. Those with whom it lasts the least are they who, during the earthly life, have identified themselves most closely with their
future state, because they are soonest able to understand their new situation.
This state of confusion assumes special aspects according to characterial peculiarities, and also according to different modes of death. In all cases
of violent or sudden death, by suicide, by capital punishment, accident, apoplexy, etc., the spirit is surprised, astounded, and does not believe
himself to be dead. He obstinately persists in asserting the contrary; and, nevertheless, he sees the body he has quitted as something apart from
himself he knows that body to be his own, and he cannot make out how it should be separated from him. He goes about among the persons with whom he is
united by the ties of affection, speaks to them, and cannot conceive why they do not hear him. This sort of illusion lasts until the entire separation
of the perispirit from the earthly body, for it is only when this is accomplished that the spirit begins to understand his situation, and becomes
aware that he no longer forms part of the world of human beings.
- The Spirits book.