Recent research has provided new insights into what happens in the human brain when dying. Scientists have recorded the brain activity of dying humans and found rhythmic brainwave patterns around the time of death that are similar to those that occur during dreaming, memory recall and meditation.
This research suggests that the brain may remain active and coordinated during and even after the transition to death, and may be programmed to regulate the entire process. This is an important finding that helps us understand better about the dying process and what individuals experience at that time.
Through the generation of oscillations involved in memory retrieval, the brain may be playing out the last memories of important events in our lives just before we die. This is similar to what is reported in near-death experiences.
New research shows a spike in brain activity at the time of death. This activity occurs in the part of the brain known for dreams and altered states of consciousness.
Immediately before and after the heart stopped working, the researchers saw changes in a particular band of neural oscillations, the gamma oscillations, but also in other oscillations such as delta, theta, alpha, and beta. These brain oscillations are normally present in living human brains and different types of oscillations, including gamma, are involved in high-level cognitive functions.
Please note that this research is still in its infancy and more studies are needed to fully understand what happens to the human brain when dying. However, these findings have paved the way for further research on this topic.