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LoraNovember 1, 2022
This article came at the right time! I sent it to my granddaughter who just started working at a hospital and has rejected the church. Since this is scientific, rather than religious, I hope that she will be able to deal with the inevitable life and death that goes on around her in her new job. My mother-in-law was raised as a secular Jewish woman, and now that her husband has died, she's having to face her thoughts about life after death. I've sent it to her, too. It may open the door to some deeper conversations. Thank you for writing this. I like David D's comments, too.
Kathleen N JonesNovember 1, 2022
I am 74 years old. When I was 7 years old and in very bad health (heart) I left and visited Heaven and sat upon the Lord's lap upon His throne. I so plainly to this day can I still see his face, as I placed my hand on his cheek and looked into his un-describable blue eyes. There is of course more to the beginning and end except to say I returned and later left the hospital without any clue to the doctors how I had healed completely. I have also been privileged to witness other events of seeing others enter Heaven more than once. My "job" is not done but I cannot wait to go. No, I do not share this much, but now may be the time.
PhilOctober 31, 2022
Thank you, Daniel, for this interesting article. I am very interested in that book now and will order a copy of it. Regarding the skeptics, I'm convinced they will disbelieve in the afterlife no matter how much positive evidence there is, aside from having a NDE of their own.
MaryannOctober 31, 2022
Shortly before they died, both my great-grandmother and also my father had visitations of their loved ones on the other side. My great-grandmother said she could see her husband "waiting for her at the gate." My father had conversations with my mother. He also said that his father had come to him. My husband's grandfather also told us of family members who had visited him shortly before his death. I don't think this is unusual and perhaps is the loving preparation of our Heavenly Father to help us pass from one realm to another.
DavidDOctober 31, 2022
An extremely interesting, comprehensive, scientific and current study of "near death" experiences was reported earlier this year by the New York Academy of Sciences. Their goal was not to prove or disprove life after death, but rather to be able to help medical professionals better anticipate and address the experiences that many patients are likely to have as our medical technology continually advances in being able to "bring back" individuals who would traditionally be considered dead. https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.14740 One portion of the study has been summarized by a commentator as follows: "The recalled experiences surrounding death are not consistent with hallucinations, illusions, or psychedelic drug–induced experiences, according to several previously published studies. Instead, they follow a specific narrative arc involving a perception of (a) separation from the body with a heightened, vast sense of consciousness and recognition of death; (b) travel to a destination; (c) a meaningful and purposeful review of life, involving a critical analysis of all actions, intentions, and thoughts towards others; a perception of (d) being in a place that feels like “home”; and (e) a return back to life." https://nyulangone.org/news/recalled-experiences-surrounding-death-more-hallucinations
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