i find it strange that in the time sense man walks the earth not even one dying
It would be strange if it never happened, but I don't think that's the case.
It's not that peculiar that you might think it was the case though.
First of all, Clearly no one has done it with such convincing authority that most of the world has a shared accepted understanding. You don't ever hear anyone say "Well, like Glenn Chessing said, just before you die..."
Secondly what it feels like just before you die is not a question of much interest to anyone, certainly not as much interest as the question of what it feels like after
you die, and even Glenn Chessing can't help us with that one.
Maybe because there is no Glenn Chessing who has informed us that it is a very methodical and predictable experience that lasts precisely 7 minutes or at least what the minds perceives to be 7 minutes, there's not much to theorize about.
The cliché is that in the last moments before death you see a bright light as if shining from the end of long tunnel. Often the recounted experience includes known or unknown entities urging you join them in the light.
Sound like a story you make up to tell a little kid going to bed who is afraid of dying.
I've read or heard a number of theories about how the bright light end is explainable based on what sensations the brain is likely to experience as it shuts down. Seems pointless to try and explain, but for some people, the urge to wipe out any possible hope some dumb dying bastard might have for a life after Death with God is too compelling.
I also read somewhere that the bright light experience is something your brain has concocted for you to make dying less fearful and more acceptable. This seems like a total crock. What? Your brain is just being a nice guy because he's spent so much time with you and wants you to have a going away present? It sure doesn't seem like something for which you could credit natural selection.
I hope there is a hell, if only for the guy(s) who are trying to explain away a reassuring and cool experience your own brain has been nice enough to make for you so that you don't entirely freak when The Grim Reaper is right there on top of you. What pricks. If you're someone who might end up there, say hello to Christopher Hitchens for me.
The Bright Light Experience may be the biggest cliché, but it's not the only rumor going around.
I also saw a show (notice how many NatGeo, Discovery and Animal Planet shows are now devoted to the paranormal? It's a little depressing) in which they interviewed several people who swore that they had died but rather than stepping into a Bright White Light as Grandma and Grandma Chessing, their first grade teacher Miss Marks and their dog Fritz urged to come on over, they found themselves in Hell. For some of them it was the real fire and brimstone deal, but for others it was much more terrifying representations like awaking to find yourself being crushed and smothered within a wet and cold embryonic sac. On one thing they all agreed though, no matter what it looked like, there was no question but that it was Hell.
Heaven or Hell, the people telling the tales all somehow managed to get back.
Generally speaking the folks who experience the Bright Light are pretty upbeat, and why not? They now know there is benign life after Death, possibly God and probably friends and family. More importantly, because none of the Bright White Lighters are ever grizzled old monks who have spent an earthly lifetime of contemplation and sacrifice, it seems pretty clear that you don't have to be all that wonderful to qualify for admission. A lot of them attend church regularly, after they come back but I think this is because they hope to learn a little more about this God guy, before the next time they see him.
For the ones who escaped Hell and returned they all were bound and determined to turn things around so the next time they could get the White Light instead of the cold birth sac. One poor bastard, though, was convinced it didn't matter what he did between now and re-entry. He knew he was going back to Hell. Surprisingly, this grim acceptance hadn't led him to lead a totally hedonistic life. If you're going to suffer for eternity, you might as well feel like you earned it. Nope, he was just plodding along, sort of in shock.