Life's Mysteries: Near Death Experiences

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Near death experiences raise the eyebrows of some as accounts of them are shared. That is probably as it should be. We all have our take, our opinion, our belief on such matters. Some think that believing in near death encounters is as ridiculous as believing in UFO's.

Believing in something because someone says it true, without anyway of verifying the voracity of the storyteller is foreign and beyond comprehension to the minds of those who have not had the experience .

When I decided to share this experience and was selecting the category, this popped up: Category: Religion and Philosophy → Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences → Near-Death Experiences Para---beyond, normal---the usual...

"....claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation."

I settled on this category because it is in fact a retelling that comes without scientific explanation. To me, it is like faith and love. I cannot see them, I cannot touch them but I know they are real and they exist. For that reason, accepting the retelling of this profound encounter was not difficult for me. The story that rests within this article was shared with me by my sister not long after it occurred. It was many years later before it was actually written. After hearing her recount this experience, ny answer to the title's question is: for sure, I do.

Perhaps you have had a similar experience or know someone who has.


I believe there are two sides to the phenomenon known as death, this side where we live, and the other side where we shall continue to live. Eternity does not start with death. We are in eternity now.

— Norman Vincent Peale

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Three sisters on the front row (from left to righ)

She would not have been in this picture if she had remained in the presence of the loving Spirit who guided her back to her earthly home
She would not have been in this picture if she had remained in the presence of the loving Spirit who guided her back to her earthly home | Source
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Celebrate

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has written several books on the topic of death and death-related experiences. She has included in her writings her observations and beliefs on this topic. She is said to be a pioneer in this field.

Dr. Kuhler Ross speaks in her writings of "learning to live in the knowledge and understanding of death and that in doing so we learn to fear it less. Perhaps we learn to value less the transitory stuff on the planet and appreciate more the unseen things...love, kindness, faith. Our value for acquiring more will diminish and our need to give more of ourselves will rise to the surface."

She speaks of life as being a dress rehearsal of sorts, a time of learning, and death is graduation. She shares in one of her writings her desire for her family to celebrate her death---the quote is shared later in this article.

You can read more about Dr. Kubler-Ross at the following link:

http://www.near-death.com/experiences/experts02.html

Normally we do not like to think about death. We would rather think about life. Why reflect on death? When you start preparing for death you soon realize that you must look into your life ... now ... and come to face the truth of your self. Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.

— Sogyal Rinpoche

Consumed now by stress

One pack turned to two, two to three and finally I was at five packs of cigarettes each day. I knew this was not good. I felt conflicted about it. This just did not sit with being a Christian. I felt that this was a poor example to set as a Christian witness.

The pressure was on and I found no way out of this cycle my life had become. My life was not much different from the lives of many others who fill their plates to overflowing and then find stress has consumed them.


Too much to do

My sister has shared her story with me and is allowing me to share it with you. What follows is her recounting of her near death experience. This is her personal encounter.

Perhaps I did not know it at the time. But I was driven. Driven to excel. Driven to succeed. Driven to accomplish. For no other reason except that I wanted to prove to myself I could do that which I set out to do and to do it well.

On the way to achieve, I scaled mountains and blazed trails and left pieces of me along the way. I was working full time, going to college to become a paramedic, and raising a family. There was little time for study. There was no time to relax and unwind and reduce stress. There was time probably but I never took it.

My way around no time was to drink gallons of coffee and smoke an endless chain of cigarettes, lighting one off the other as the nights progressed and I grew wearier.


Day of reckoning

One evening I was coming out of the doctor’s office with my daughter. We had been there to get her physical so she could go to work. As I walked across the parking lot to the car, I felt as if I had been kicked in my gut. I asked my daughter if she thought we should go back inside.

She said, “No, Mommy. You are probably just hungry. Did you have anything to eat today?” I had not.

We settled into the car and the pain continued. It felt as if the proverbial elephant was sitting squarely on me. I knew it was an MI (myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack).

I explained to my daughter what to do. First she should call her Daddy and have him send paramedics and a local squad to send oxygen.

I then explained to her what to do if I could not drive. She was not a licensed driver at the time.

Soon Bill, a four year friend, arrived on the scene. He was the attending paramedic that evening. He began evaluating me.

He said, “Ok, Miss Almost-A-Paramedic, what do you see?”

I managed to get out… “…a lot of pvc’s ….not good.”

After that things are hazy. My heart stopped. I was in cardiac arrest. For 17 minutes efforts were made to resuscitate me.


Angel at the Wheel

Those attending me did not know it but I was not there with them. My being, my essence, my soul was now traveling through a tunnel. It moved me toward a warm, commanding, loving, effusive light.

I arrived at a most wondrous veil beyond which were loved ones. I could sense their presence. My sister, Mary Jane, my Grandmother, and many others who had left this life and gone before me.

A loving, reassuring heavenly Spirit was there in and among those I loved and was just beyond my reach.

I remember saying, “I’m coming home now, Lord.”

The reply came back from this beautiful loving Spiritual Being,

“No, Child. It is not time yet.”

This place where I found myself overflowed with joy and warmth and love that defies description. I can only say that I did not want to leave. The love I felt was unlike any other I had ever experienced at any time.

It is not possible to describe how bathed in love I felt. Perhaps compare it to someone you love more than any other and multiply it by a million. You may then have an inkling of how much love surrounded me there at that time.

Returning to my earthly home, I found I was back in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. After care was taken to stabilize me, I was transported to a city cardiac care hospital where I received medical support and treatment for 21 days.

My doctor came in to me on the fourth day of my hospital stay and informed me that nicotine toxicity had caused this myocardial infarction.

As you may guess, I never smoked another cigarette after that day. I remember the date, February 27, 1987. An ordinary winter day that turned out to be anything but ordinary in my life and the lives of my loved ones.

My daughter who had been with me at the time the MI occurred came to visit on day five of my hospital stay.

I thanked her for getting us safely back home. Her whole demeanor changed and she had become pale and was shaken by the words I had spoken.

“But, Mommy,” she said.
“I was too frightened to move. I did not do anything.”

It was at that moment I realized that an angel had been at the wheel beside me in the car that evening.


A Closer Walk

"This was a new day in my life. My journey to find the love we all seek. Each day since then I have tried to walk a little closer to the Lord.

I know I am not free of sin. But I know without a shadow of a doubt, I am forgiven," she added.


Graduation

"I've told my children that when I die,

to release balloons in the sky to celebrate

that I graduated.

For me, death is a graduation."

- Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Selected quotes from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"And after your death, when most of you for the first time realize what life here is all about, you will begin to see that your life here is almost nothing but the sum total of every choice you have made during every moment of your life. Your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will begin to realize that every word and every deed affects your life and has also touched thousands of live.

Dying is an integral part of life, as natural and predictable as being born. But whereas birth is cause for celebration, death has become a dreaded and unspeakable issue to be avoided by every means possible in our modern society. Perhaps it is that in spite of all our technological advances. We may be able to delay it, but we cannot escape it. We, no less than other, non-rational animals, are destined to die at the end of our lives. And death strikes indiscriminately -- it cares not at all for the status or position of the ones it chooses; everyone must die, whether rich or poor, famous or unknown. Even good deeds will not exclude their doers from the sentence of death; the good die as often as the bad. It is perhaps this inevitable and unpredictable quality that makes death so frightening to many people. Especially those who put a high value on being in control of their own existence are offended by the though that they too care subject to the forces of death.

Dying is nothing to fear. It can be the most wonderful experience of your life. It all depends on how you have lived."

Our lives are enlarged by reaching out and embracing the experiences others share with us Learning of the wondrous journeys to the other side that some have taken should bring us comfort and assurance. We should feel that all is well with our souls as they do.



Mary Jane (in the center) was waitng for her when she made her journey.

Three sisters...right to left, Terry, Mary Jane, Me
Three sisters...right to left, Terry, Mary Jane, Me

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pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Robert....I am just so very glad that it was not her turn to leave the planet for good ....and she seems to be quite comfortable with the prospects of what is to come after she closes her eyes for the last time...

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Robert Sacchi 9 months ago

Thank you for sharing your sister's experience.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Minnetonka for stopping by. My sister shares her story in churches around her area and it brings peace to those who hear it.

Knowing that life does not end on here offers comfort to so many.

Thank you too for your kind words...

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Minnetonka Twin 16 months ago from Minnesota

This is such an incredible story and gives me so much peace. I am glad you did not lose your best friend and it wasn't her time. Please thank your sister for sharing her inspirational story with us. The thought of death is not one that most of us like to think about, but this story illustrates how great the next stage will be. Blessings to you and your family.


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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Lilleyth what lovely stories you shared here . I know that we will find our loved ones who have left us...on the day when we make the transition from this realm of existence to another.

It is always so fascinating to me to read of the experiences of others. Thanks so much for sharing.

Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps


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Lilleyth 16 months ago from Mid-Atlantic

This article struck a chord in me and gives me hope that I will be reunited with my son, Jason, who died at age 18 from leukemia and my grandma Jennie. Shortly before he died, a close family friend, a pharmacist, with a history of heart problems, had a near death experience, in which he left his body and traveled out into space, his spirit body tethered to his body which was laying on an operating table undergoing a series of tests. He related how he was surrounded by an intense feeling of love, and told he would live a long life. Despite having heart problems his entire life, a heart transplant, a stroke at age 40, and dozens of close calls, he is still alive and kicking at age 70. His experience helped Jason cross over. Also, last year, Jason's father died of brain cancer. After Jason's death I had a lucid dream in which he was walking hand-in-hand with a beautiful woman with long, blonde hair, that cascaded down her back in ringlets. They were walking in a brightly lit meadow, and they turned and smiled and waved at me. The woman resembled my family members, and I realized she must be my sister, Cheri, who died at age 5 months, now grown and taking care of my son.


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Dolores Yes, that knowledge does help us to bear the pain and sadness that it is quite normal for us to feel.

I was so glad that my sister did not go on her final journey at that time....but again I know we will spend eternity together and that brings me much peace.

Sending many Angels to you this morning ps


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Dolores Monet 17 months ago from East Coast, United States

The idea that our loved ones wait for us is a beautiful concept. While I realize that there are many theories, the thought that, when my time comes, my dear son will be waiting for me is a comfort that has kept me sane for the last 2 years.


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Patricia, this was beautiful to share about your near death experiences. This was so moving. Check out TNT's Proof tonight, which is a new show dealing with life after death, etc. Voted up with angels!


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca

Yes, you know, I am not sure I would believe so strongly had it not been an experience shared with me by someone I love so much.

Thank you for visiting Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That IS so true Shyron...'life and death are a part of the adventure' for sure.

It is living life to the fullest that is our challenge.

Once again sending Angels your way....ps


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rebeccamealey 18 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks, ps, for sharing this wonderful account. I believe. I've read too many of these not too. And now, from you!


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Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago

Patricia, this is awesome, and I know exactly what you are talking about.

This also reminds me of a saying I heard and never forgot it, "Only those are fit to live who do not fear to did and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joys of life. Life and death are part of the great adventure"

Thumb up, UABI and shared.

ss.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That was not her only brush with death as she has had several since. The one thing she feels strongest about is that it taught her to have no fear of death. Not that she was particularly fearful before that...but having this experience just removed any doubt that it would be a fearful time.

Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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PegCole17 18 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This beautiful story of what lies ahead for us in the next life is comforting and gives a sense of purpose to our lives. Thank you for sharing this event. Nicely told and awesome!


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Lady Lorelei It is a unique experience for all who have such events in their lives. While some report similar things happening, it is something personal to anyone who comes back to tell about it. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with us.

Know that many Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Lady Lorelei 18 months ago from Canada

I too had a near death experience and it reminds me each time I read of another person. My experience was much different as I never left my body. I knew my heart was not beating and that I was not breathing but my body felt no need to. My brain continued to think though and I kept thinking that I could not die. After what seemed like an eternity my heart heaved in my chest and began beating again. Once my heart began beating again my body started shaking and trembling so bad that I had to work on calming myself down because I was afraid it would stop again. It has never happened again but I recall that feeling so clearly. It comes like a flashback at times like now. Thank you for sharing your experience with this phenomenon. Blessings to you and your family.


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy I so agree....we are all God's children and I know He loves each of us equally. Why should these experiences be similar for all?

My sister feels that it was an epiphany moment for her...she has been changed forever.

Thank you so much for visiting. Angels are once again on the way to you all the way in Houston. ps


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Peggy W 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

I have read numerous books on the subject and what I like is that everyone...be they a child or an elderly person...with a religious base or without one...all seem to experience the same tunnel and welcoming, loving experience. Animals have also been spotted in that tunnel which I also like reading. Why not? They are God's creatures also! I have also written a hub regarding that same subject titled Stories - My personal proof of an afterlife. It is nice to think of our loved ones in that heavenly home. Up votes and sharing++.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Timetraveler I HOPE that it does. My sister has shared it with many others and I do believe it has been of great comfort to them.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning AuFait I totally agree that there are those such as the ones you mentioned as well as too many others whose actions are egregious and heinous. for the life of me I never will understand such inhumane acts.

My sister's journey was one that was life changing for her in many ways and I am so thankful she was told it was not her time.

We are very close and I so adore her.

Thank you so much for your in depth comment, AuFait. Your insights are always appreciated.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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TIMETRAVELER2 20 months ago

This is truly a beautiful and inspiring article. I have believed in life after death for many years, and it is this belief that gave me the strength I needed to be able to handle the deaths of my husband and my parents. Thanks so much for sharing this story, I am certain it will comfort many people.


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas

A very interesting story. I love to read these stories. Psychology has come up with what they believe is an explanation, but I'll be honest, I am undecided as to what is true. I don't doubt the people who report these near death experiences are sincere and did in fact have the experience. The question is whether it was what they thought it was. I like to read about these experiences and talk to people who have had them, in an effort to make up my mind, I guess, as to whether I believe they are what they seem.

I have read the book by Ms. Kubler-Ross and recommended it in the article I wrote about death. I wrote a paper on death in my gerontology class. I think dying must be very difficult for people who know they are dying but have no one to share their concerns with and I think that is most unfortunate. That is the reason I've taken such an interest in this subject is to hopefully make people realize how selfish they are to refuse to discuss this subject with people who have had a terminal diagnosis apparently because they imagine they can prevent death by pretending it doesn't exist.

Death, as Ms. Kubler-Ross said, is a natural part of life (like sex) and pretending it doesn't happen or won't happen to oneself is silly. Not talking about it or thinking about it will not prevent it. Neither will it give comfort to people who need someone to talk to, whether it is the person who has received the terminal diagnosis or their young children or grandchildren who are trying to understand what has happened and why.

As to fearing death, I would generally agree one should not. I think for most people the transition quick. I think the thing so many people fear is not what will happen after they die, because very few people have a practical idea in their minds about that, but rather the actual dying. How painful will it be? How difficult will it be? And that is why I say, from what I have learned over the years, that most people die quickly, that is they leave their body soon once the trauma to their physical body has begun. I think the physical body may not even be fully expired when the the spirit of a person has already left -- when it is one's time.

I do think there are people in this world who have good reason to fear death. Some of them are the officials and staff people who bulldozed a homeless camp in Fort Worth last week.

There were 80 people including children surviving in the camp and they were given no notice. All they could save of their meager belongings were what they could carry away within minutes.

The people who did this terrible thing boasted in the local paper that they had hauled 68,000 pounds of trash to the landfill as a result of bulldozing the camp. They were referring to the belongings of the homeless people as trash. Expect they refer to the people that way too.

The people who orchestrated and carried out this egregious theft and worse, if they have any intelligence at all, should definitely fear death, for then there will be a reckoning. They also boasted that they bulldozed similar camps around the city 120 times last year. These people are evil IMHO and will have a difficult time explaining themselves when they were living in cushy conditions living off the taxpayers while often times sitting around trying to look busy and then they commit such a horrible act. I wonder how they would react if they went home to a bulldozed house? A house that is no doubt insured and they could go to a motel with their credit card to get themselves together. Homeless people have nowhere to go, usually no credit card, and no insurance. How can these beings, I hesitate to call them human, how can they live with themselves after doing such a heinous thing to poor people, God's favorites, second only to children, if the Bible is to be believed.

I do think it is interesting that your sister was told that it wasn't her time yet. Most people who tell these stories say that at some point someone tells them they must go back because it isn't their time yet. If we can't die until it's our time, then there is another reason to live fearlessly in God's love doing His Will. So long as one isn't doing mean spirited heartless things like the officials in Fort Worth, and one is trying genuinely to live a Christian life, they should have no fear because God has their back.

A very interesting article and I thank you for writing it, and your sister for allowing you to share it. I have more confidence in what your or your sister would say on this subject because I feel like I know you, and that what you say/write is credible.

Voting this up and BAUI, sharing with followers. Happy Easter!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Melovy....

I can only report what my sister said. She related it to me and I tried to retell it in her words as much as possible. She seems to be very much at peace with the whole experience and I really think that is the important thing.

Thank you for stopping by. ps


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I found this really fascinating. I have long been interested in reading about NDEs and so many people seem to be at peace afterwards.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

James A Watkins....It was told to me by my sweet sister and I had to tell it so others could appreciate the experience. I almost lost her that day so to be able to write this story all these years later was humbling for me to say the least.

So glad to you again. I will be visiting again soon.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Wow! That is quite a story. I am glad I read it. You told it well. Thank you! :-)


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

billybuc...will do that. Thanks for the heads up... :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Check out my hub on Monday; there is a very good chance that you are mentioned in it. :)


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

joytruthlove....I feel blessed that I am the one who was asked to put her story into written words for her. I am even more blesssed that she was allowed to return to us so we can have the joy of her love and sweetness all of these years. God is good. Thank you for stopping by.


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joytruthlove 4 years ago

what a beautiful account...thanks for sharing


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Faith Reaper....thank you. It was a privilege to be able to put into words her story. The epeirence of the NDE brought us closer together and the writing of it brought us even closer. I have no doubt that she experienced the beatufiul journey she spoke of.

Thank you for stopping by again, my friend in Christ.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Amazing hub and thank you for sharing this. This is beautiful beyond words. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Lastheart...wow, interesting how things all seem to connect, isn't it? I will anxiously await your article on this topic.

I have always been connected to my loved ones who have preceded me from this planet though I have not had a NDE. I was honored that my sister asked me to write her story. Thank you for stopping by.


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

I hardly go to my email, I did today; and I hardly open hubPage from my notifications from it, I did it also today... when I read this title. I was about to write a hub about death from some deaths these days, actually the conversation on death was since this morning in this house. This hub is not a coincidence and I will share it...hoping it gets to who will learn from it. I have my share from it already and I will say: " Thanks from my heart for sharing". May God bless you all. The hub I will write absolutely will have this one link to it.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

I have been to the nderf site too. There have been too many who have reported such experiences. Even young children are reporting them...out of the mouths of babes..if you will.

Studies continue and reports are recorded. I am a believer, for sure. Thank you for stopping by.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

bac2basics...I totally agree. The evidence is clearly on the side of believing that it happens. As I havve said in many of the replies I have made, I am so blessed that my sweet sister was one who came back to tell of her journey. God was not finished with her on her earthly walk I do believe. Thank you again for stopping by.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Jynzly....This has been a really special encounter as my sister and I are very close. I cannot even imagine what it would have been like had she stayed with our family members who had gone on before us. I will be reading your NDE article soon. Thank you for stopping by.


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Annunaki 4 years ago

It was very nice of you to share your sister's experience. I thought I'd share a website that, for those who are interested, focuses entirely on NDE's. It is the Near Death Experience Research Foundation. Jeffrey Long, M.D. is one of the Foundation's researchers. I have listened to interviews with Dr. Long on the Coast To Coast AM radio show, with George Noory, and was fascinated with how medical science and metaphysical science, involving NDE's, are seriously being studied.

Not everyone who is resuscitated from a clinical death condition reports having a NDE. However, that does not mean that the process of the NDE, in terms of the spiritual activity while the body is clinically dead, does not occur. Perhaps, like some people's dream experiences, the person may wake up and simply not remember anything that may have transpired.

I have found, in my research, that many factors are in play that make the probability of having, or remembering, a NDE a very complex reality to evaluate. Each person's brain, though very similar to others, is uniquely wired to perceive information that is sensed. A person's experiences in life, beliefs and tendency to focus upon physical rather than spiritual realities may be cause for that person's mind to simply ignore the experiential information related to what spiritual activity occurred during the temporal time of the body's clinical period of death. On the other hand, it may be a spiritual directive wherein that person's NDE is determined to not be necessary to remember or share for the purposes of that individual's life lessons; which are an integral and important element to consider.

Clearly, those who have an NDE, invariably, modify themselves in many ways. Almost every NDEer claims that the stresses of life do not seem so important. Relationships with people become a major focus and simply enjoying more of what life has to offer.

Other than the trauma involved with death that leads to a NDE, the experience of the NDE seems to be a form of message from our Spiritual Home. I have never found an NDE case where the individual reports having anything but a positive experience. Peace and Love is the common theme no matter where in the world an NDEer is from or whatever faith is followed.

With that being said, here is the website:

http://www.nderf.org/

Peace be with you


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

I am so pleased your sister made it. I do believe in such things..too much evidence not to. I believe now in hospital theatres and emergency rooms, things are hidden up high for those who leave their bodies behind for a short while to see and report on. The weight of evidence that this does happen had me convinced years ago.


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

I had my share of near-death experience, in fact I have a hub about it. I know so well how it is that I love the verse "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Thank you for sharing us your experience, now it's not just me who share a near death experience in hubpages.

Thanks again. Nice hub.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Mhatter99...Open mind and heart...we need who are like you. Open and ready to receive new ideas and experiences and ponder on them. Close calls with death are may be your soul winking at the other side, who knows? I have not experienced this either but I have heard enough of these experiences to believe.

Thank you for stopping by again.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Tami Fite....And I hope you all are able to find the peace that follows the loss of a loved one. Thank you again for stopping by.


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Tami Fite 4 years ago

honest & beautiful ... again, thanks for sharing.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing. Though I nearly died 4 time, and have been with3 people who died, I had no special experiences. That doesn't mean they don't exist. In fact, my mind and heart are always open.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Tami Fite...I cannot say that I understand exactly how you feel because each of us deals with the loss of our loved ones in our own unique way. I can say I know what it is like to wonder. My Mother died many years ago and I still wish for one for day with her.

When my sister had her MI, I was so frightened. I almost lost my best friend. Our family had a reunion that year, and, I cried and cried as I held her. So glad I am that she came back to us.


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Tami Fite 4 years ago

My mother died recently -- 4 months ago, and I have read many books on this subject as we try to imagine what life is like for her in eternity. Because we haven't taken the journey ourselves, it is a little frightening to not know what life will be like on the other side. Thank you for the glimpse into heaven.... I appreciate it, God bless & keep you! Tami


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Attikos....I have not experienced this either but I know my sister and I know she has. It was a new beginning for our lives..I was a smoker too, only a light smoker but a smoker none the less. I never had another cigarette after that day either.

Ayre's remarks are on point for certain...it definitely would make you take a new look at what you had believed to be so prior to that time. Thank you for stopping by.


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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky

I doubt there are many who would deny near-death experiences occur. Too many reliable witnesses have reported them for there to be any significant doubt they exist, and that the various ones of which we hear have similar characteristics. The argument comes in over what causes them.

I never have had one, so I have to depend on the stories of those who have. One of the most interesting to me is of A.J. Ayre, a British linguistic philosopher, who at an advanced age of an atheistic life experienced his. His remark afterwards was that he now was going to have to go to the considerable work of revising all his basic beliefs.

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