Dr. Robert Crookall was a British university lecturer and geologist who became a well- known investigator of out-of-body experiences (OOBEs or astral projection). He writes: “Our soul-consciousness is very much ahead of our physical-consciousness. So, when instant death occurs through an accident, the soul is aware of what is about to happen a split second before the impact occurs and leaves the body. The soul having left, no pain is felt…These sudden transitions appear tragic and ghastly to the onlooker, but to the person who has just died, death is always wonderful.”
The Supreme Adventure: Analyses of Psychic Communications (read a summary of the book).