this is an absolutely wild au, but here me out:
Modern AU where Sam’s a mortician who can astral project into corpses’ last moments if he does it before putrefaction. He does it out of pure curiosity, seeing by time the body makes it to him, the case (if there ever was one) is solved. Sometimes he gets fragmented happy memories before death, usually where the deceased one spent their last moments surrounded by love and family. Sometimes he gets projected into the dim, dark room where they died alone in their sleep. Other times it’s quick, a blur of color and then unwavering darkness; he assumes those ones are car accidents and he’s usually right. Rinse, wash and repeat for the last 5 static years of Sam’s life.