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  • Issue 38

Seeing the Light

The aftermath of almost dying. Words by Megan Nolan. Photograph by William Mortensen: Death of Hypatia, circa 1927, from "American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen". Courtesy of Feral House.

It sounds like the ending of a made-for-TV movie: On the operating table after a catastrophic medical event, a patient is suddenly thrust from their physical form and observes the scene from above, before being drawn to a dazzling white light. They pass by memories and loved ones as they move toward it, all the while overwhelmed by total joy and peace. But this isn’t fiction, and it isn’t an ending—the patient recovers against the odds and returns to ordinary,


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Eight

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