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A disturbing process that happens inside the body when a person dies has been freaking people out online. Have a listen below:
Learning about what happens to the body after death isn't exactly what we'd call light reading. It pretty fascinating though, particularly when you find out what the brain gets up to when you pass away – something that TikToker @jade.loves.crime explored recently.
"Did you know that when you die, your brain keeps trucking and appears to know that you're dead," the TikToker said in their video.
So, here's a little run down of what happens after your heart stops beating.
Clinically speaking, the body is considered dead when the heart stops beating, but the brain – the mastermind behind everything – keeps running for a few minutes, as researchers found from the University of Western Ontario found back in 2017.
As part of their report, the researchers found that brain wave burst had continued 'following the cessation of both the cardiac rhythm and arterial blood pressure', suggesting that the brain might continue to function briefly after death.
Now, obviously, this depends on how you die – if you die from a head injury it's likely the brain is going to shut off much quicker.
But if you die from a heart problem, for example, your brain sticks around for a bit, as a few studies have shown.
Still, that's not the strangest part, as 'modern science has allowed for some fascinating studies, these studies have shown that your brain has enough juice after death to continue firing for up to seven minutes'.
The TikToker goes on to say: "In fact, there have been recorded cases where people have been able to intelligently communicate after their heart stopped beating.
"Think of it like anaesthesia, that medicine just hit your IV but you have a few seconds to speak before the lights go out."
However, the TikToker reminded her followers: "Just because your brain is still going, doesn't mean you'll be aware. You might have around 6-11 seconds where you are but then the brain is on its own."
And we aren't exactly sure how to feel about that one, with TikTok users similarly taken aback.
One said: "It’s weird to think our brain already knows what to do when we die."
Another likened the process to computers: "It’s kinda like a computer after you click shut down and the monitor goes black the actual computer is still slowly shutting down."
A third said: "Fascinating! Thought I heard once that’s why they pulled fabric down over peoples heads back in beheading times."
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