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  • An army in Heaven (hospice nurse on deathbed accounts)

    05/20/2016 1:21:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | May 20, 2016
    A registered nurse who worked in ICU for years and later went into hospice work has logged fascinating deathbed accounts, including glimpses of hell and Heaven and a vision of Jesus that is among the most compelling we have read in this realm of alleged mystical encounters.The nurse, Kelley Jankowski, a mother of six who lives in Maryland, kept a journal and took meticulous notes after listening to what those dying were telling her and has recorded them in a splendidly written, vivid, and credible book, An Army in Heaven -- consoling indeed!There are stories of the simple process...
  • Near-death experience, Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect...

    09/19/2015 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 130 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Near-death experience Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect what we know through Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope 9/16/2015 Question: I read a book by an author who had a near-death experience and claims that God told him that one’s belief system was irrelevant. This seems like New Age indifferentism. Can you comment on near-death phenomena and what this author said?— Bob Tisovich, Ely, Minnesota Answer: Near-death experiences (NDEs) seem to be a rather widely reported phenomenon with certain common features. One has an “out of body” experience with a reported capacity to see oneself...
  • Life After Death: 'Near-Death Experience' Study Shows Awareness Continues After Brain Shutdown

    10/07/2014 7:42:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    IB Times ^ | 10/07/2014 | Lydia Smith
    Researchers conducting the largest ever study into near-death experiences have discovered that awareness may continue even after the brain has shut down, revealing more about what happens when we die. Scientists at the University of Southampton studied more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals across Britain, Austria and the United States. Around 40% of patients who survived described "awareness" during the time before their hearts were restarted, when they were clinically dead. One 57-year-old man, a social worker from Southampton, described the noise of the machines and what the medical staff were doing during this time....
  • Electrical signatures of consciousness in the dying brain

    08/26/2013 5:09:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    e! Science News ^ | August 12, 2013 | NA
    The "near-death experience" reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan Health System. Whether and how the dying brain is capable of generating conscious activity has been vigorously debated. But in this week's PNAS Early Edition, a U-M study shows shortly after clinical death, in which the heart stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain, rats display brain activity patterns characteristic of conscious perception. "This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain," says lead study...
  • Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain'

    08/13/2013 10:32:12 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 84 replies
    A surge of electrical activity in the brain could be responsible for the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors, scientists report. A study carried out on dying rats found high levels of brainwaves at the point of the animals' demise. US researchers said that in humans this could give rise to a heightened state of consciousness
  • What Happens When We Die?

    09/24/2008 6:14:06 AM PDT · by edpc · 45 replies · 133+ views
    Time via Yahoo News ^ | Sep 23, 2008 | M, J, Stephy
    A fellow at New York City's Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Sam Parnia is one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death. Last week Parnia and his colleagues at the Human Consciousness Project announced their first major undertaking: a 3-year exploration of the biology behind "out-of-body" experiences. The study, known as AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation), involves the collaboration of 25 major medical centers through Europe, Canada and the U.S. and will examine some 1,500 survivors of cardiac arrest. TIME spoke with Parnia about the project's origins, its skeptics and the difference between the mind and the...
  • Altered States - Scientists Analyze the Near-Death Experience

    05/25/2007 3:22:20 PM PDT · by Renfield · 47 replies · 1,822+ views
    University of Virginia Magazine ^ | Summer 2007 | Lee Graves
    Rocky collected money for the Mafia. A typical bagman, he was immersed in the material world of fast cars, quick cash and getting ahead by butting heads. One day, he was shot in the chest and left for dead on the street. He survived, though, and lived to tell of an experience that changed his life. "He described a blissful, typical near-death experience—seeing the light, communicating with a deity and seeing deceased relatives," says Bruce Greyson, a U.Va.-trained psychiatrist who interviewed Rocky after the shooting. "He came back with typical near-death aftereffects. He felt that cooperation and love were the...
  • What really happens in out of body experiences (or in near death experiences)

    03/07/2007 5:05:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 78 replies · 1,990+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 3/6/07 | Roger Highfield
    Sleep holds the key to understanding these mystical events, reports Roger HighfieldPeople who have out-of-body experiences near death, such as flying along a tunnel towards a heavenly light, are more likely to suffer a strange effect called sleep paralysis, according to a survey that adds to mounting evidence for a biological explanation for this mystical experience. During sleep paralysis, people experience a kind of breakdown between states of consciousness which takes place on the fringe of slumber, either when falling asleep or awakening. Because the brain turns off the body's ability to move during dreaming, muscles can lose their tone,...
  • Out-of-Body Experience? Your Brain Is to Blame

    10/02/2006 8:52:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 2,303+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 3, 2006 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    They are eerie sensations, more common than one might think: A man describes feeling a shadowy figure standing behind him, then turning around to find no one there. A woman feels herself leaving her body and floating in space, looking down on her corporeal self. Such experiences are often attributed by those who have them to paranormal forces. But according to recent work by neuroscientists, they can be induced by delivering mild electric current to specific spots in the brain. In one woman, for example, a zap to a brain region called the angular gyrus resulted in a sensation that...
  • Kentucky researchers attempt to explain 'near-death experience'

    04/24/2006 11:08:29 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 36 replies · 1,003+ views
    AP/wkyt ^ | Ap 15 06 | AP/wykt
    A new study by a team of University of Kentucky researchers attempts to explain the mysterious "near-death experience" reported by some people who survive close brushes with death. The research appeared in the scientific journal Neurology. It has attracted international attention. The report's lead author says it should be possible to test the theory. The Kentucky researchers argue that near-death experiences may be caused by a blurring of waking and sleeping states brought on by a biological mechanism. Individuals who have reported near-death experiences appear to be more likely to have a strong "fight or flight" arousal system. In moments...
  • DEAD RECKONING (Scientific and Spiritual Significance of Near-Death Experiences Studied

    05/01/2005 9:38:53 AM PDT · by Scenic Sounds · 43 replies · 1,596+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 1, 2005 | Mark Sauer
    When Deb Foster died in a La Jolla hospital, she found herself on a stairway surrounded by cats and dogs and mesmerized by a celestial blue sky, the likes of which she had never seen on earth. Mary Clare Schlesinger hovered above her bed in the intensive-care unit, watching her husband and daughter react in shock and fathomless grief at the thought of her passing. Beverly Brodsky said she went on a spectacular journey through a tunnel of intense light, a magic ride with angels and a shapeless God to a place of perfect knowledge, wisdom, truth and justice. All...
  • Scientists to Probe Near Death Experiences

    09/14/2003 3:57:43 PM PDT · by foolscap · 2 replies · 193+ views ^ | Sept.10,2003 | Jeremy Lovell
    Scientists to Probe Near Death Experiences Wed September 10, 2003 10:03 AM ET By Jeremy Lovell MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Scientists probing the paranormal said on Wednesday they hoped to set up a major experiment in Britain trying to find out once and for all whether the mind can step outside the body at the brink of death. The proposed study would involve interviewing people who had survived cardiac arrest to see if they had had an out of body experience while on the operating table. "Over the course of a year we hope this would give us 100 people...
  • Scientists to Probe Near Death Experiences

    09/10/2003 9:25:59 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 266+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Sep 10, 2003 | Jeremy Lovell
    Scientists probing the paranormal said on Wednesday they hoped to set up a major experiment in Britain trying to find out once and for all whether the mind can step outside the body at the brink of death. Missed Tech Tuesday? Become a Wireless Whiz -- get connected in every room and secure your wireless network in six steps The proposed study would involve interviewing people who had survived cardiac arrest to see if they had had an out of body experience while on the operating table. "Over the course of a year we hope this would give us 100...
  • Afterlife Exists Says Top Brain Surgeon

    10/10/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 71 replies ^ | October 10, 2012 | Mark Hughes
    Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis. During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death." In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a "place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones" and "shimmering beings".
  • Charlotte-born doctor talks about time in heaven

    03/30/2013 8:04:20 PM PDT · by boatbums · 59 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 03/29/2013 | Tim Funk
    Last Friday night (March 22), March Madness was in its televised glory. And Taylor Swift was singing and strumming at Time Warner Cable Arena. Despite such competition, Christ Episcopal Church managed to draw 1,100 people. The attraction: A doctor describing his time in heaven. Not just any doctor. Sitting on stage, answering questions from the Rev. Chip Edens, the church’s rector, was Dr. Eben Alexander. He’s a Charlotte native who wrote “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.” His book is such a mega-seller that he has talked to Oprah – and Universal Pictures won a bidding war...
  • Life after life? This Wyoming surgeon says she believes

    06/02/2012 2:25:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies
    Sarah Hinze ^ | May 22, 2012 | Sarah Hinze
    Mary C. Neal, a Wyoming surgeon, has a more spiritual view of life after a near-death experience following an accident while kayaking in 1999. (Family photo, Credit) JACKSON, WYO. — The way Mary C. Neal sees it, she has essentially lived two different lives: one before her “accident,” as she describes it, and one after.“I would say that I have been profoundly changed in all aspects of my life,” said Neal, a respected orthopedic spinal surgeon in western Wyoming. “The details of my life, before and after, are similar. But the essence of my life — who I am,...
  • ‘I Was Dead For 4 Minutes’ (near death experience in MD)

    10/19/2011 6:03:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 72 replies
    BelAirPatch ^ | October 18, 2011 | Brad Gerick
    Abingdon resident Michael Solano describes his "spiritual awakening" after suffering a stroke while nearly choking to death at a crab cake eating contest in Timonium. Abingdon resident Michael Solano says he no longer fears death after a harrowing experience that nearly cost him his life. “I can tell anybody who's willing to listen what it’s like to die,” he said. “I’m very respectful of death. I’m not trying to want it or have it bestowed upon me, but when it happens, I’m not going to be afraid.”

    03/15/2010 2:32:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 807+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | March 15, 2010
    [The following is an experience obtained over several months by the Near-Death Research Foundation from a woman who had never shared this before, except with her son, and remains anonymous. The foundation is directed by a radiation oncologist, Dr. Jeffrey Long. The major and minor details of this story remained consistent over the months it was shared.  It was very difficult for her to share this.  Approximately one of every four such experiences are this detailed.  Among the experiences that have this level of detail, the events are quite typical. For your discernment]: When I was a young, single woman living...

    02/17/2010 6:27:26 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 832+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | February 17, 2010
    Two books arrived in recent weeks that are written from the scientific standpoint and have to do with near-death experiences. We'll be drawing articles from them, starting with one by a researcher named Roy Abraham Varghese. As Varghese points out, in There Is Life After Death, near-death experiences cannot be explained by anesthesia, chemicals in the brain, lack of oxygen, sedatives, hallucination, or other factors skeptics have sought to use in explaining the death episodes. Even those blind from birth have been able to describe their environment once they "leave" their body! When -- in trying to duplicate near-death experiences...
  • Is There Life After Death?

    01/23/2010 3:48:39 AM PST · by Biggirl · 96 replies · 1,830+ views ^ | January 23, 2010 | Laura Fitzpatrick
    Is there life after death? Theologians can debate all they want, but radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long argues that if you look at the scientific evidence, the answer is unequivocally yes. Drawing on a decade's worth of research on near-death experiences — work that includes cataloguing the stories of some 1,600 people who have gone through them — he makes the case for that controversial conclusion in a new book, Evidence of the Afterlife. Medicine, Long says, cannot account for the consistencies in the accounts reported by people all over the world. He talked to TIME about the nature of...
  • Doctor Claims He Has Evidence of the Afterlife

    01/21/2010 6:27:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 103 replies · 2,910+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/20/10 | Michael Inbar
    In new book, he says that near-death accounts transcend cultures and agesThe near-death experience story is so common that it has become a bit of a cliché: A medical patient, hanging in a murky limbo between life and death, is drawn through a tunnel of bright light, meets their maker, and is told they must return to the land of living. But that scenario played out letter-perfectly for Mary Jo Rapini. And her story is getting firm backing by a doctor who has studied some 1,300 near-death experiences. Medical doctor Jeffrey Long chronicles Rapini’s story, along with his own research,...

    05/12/2009 10:53:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 90 replies · 2,340+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | May 12, 2009
    Death is terrifying, right? Correct? Oh, sometimes, yes, for some -- perhaps. But in the majority of near-death experiences, death is described not as a frightening traverse onto foreign turf, but as a feeling of return. How strange this seems! "I'm home. I'm finally home," they often say they felt. "This is my real home!" many claim they felt upon death (and entrance into the eternal). That's a constant in near-death experiences: the feeling that this -- Heaven -- is where they originated (in the Mind of God) and that earth was indeed as Catholicism says: a place of exile....
  • Woman Who Had Near-Death Experience Recalls Surprising Way She Was 'Judged' [Open]

    06/16/2008 10:12:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 126 replies · 233+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | June 16, 2008
    Several years back we met a woman from Syosset, New York, who had a near-death experience. We try to be cautious with all such reports. We're well aware that there can be deception in any realm, and also that near-death experiences, because they involve a reality far outside our own, can seem strange to some people.  But hers sounded legitimate -- one of the most powerful we've heard -- and the Church has been recording such experiences since the fourth century (when Pope Gregory the Great detailed them). Scientists recently issued a study saying that millions have had these experiences,...

    02/11/2008 1:56:37 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 839+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | February 11, 2008
    Many are those who have questioned near-death experiences for a number of reasons, among which the concern that so little on the topic has been broached by theologians. The visions of "eternity," and the lessons from such episodes, do not always fit the neat pictures created by the philosophical branch of the Church, some say. Thus it comes as a jolt to learn that the man considered the master of modern theology, St. Thomas Aquinas -- almost universally cited as the major intellectual inspiration for the Church -- himself experienced what has been described as a "glimpse of eternity"...

    12/20/2007 7:34:12 AM PST · by NYer · 148 replies · 1,358+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | December 20, 2007
    It was December of 1994 that Linnie Smith of New Hudson, Michigan, "died" and returned. And when she did, she had an incredible description of Jesus. What she saw, as you will note in a moment, should be a warning to atheists: Many dozens -- hundreds, indeed thousands -- are those who return from death's door with a similar description. In all the fuss over Christmas, in all the commotion over its denial -- in the inconceivable hoopla over taking the Name of Jesus out of His very birthday -- we can rest assured of one thing: there are great...
  • 'He gave me life twice'(man shares his near-death experience in hopes of helping others)

    11/10/2006 6:41:03 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 469+ views
    WKYC ^ | November 8, 2006
    'He gave me life twice' Eric MansfieldPOSTED: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 10:46:22 PMUPDATED: Thursday, November 09, 2006 11:52:50 AMAndy Holcomb shares his near-death experience in hopes of helping others with the problems they face in life. AKRON -- His body broken and battered, Andy Holcomb's spirit has never been more alive. The Akron man was nearly killed in early 2005 when an industrial accident claimed the entire lower half of his body. Doctors believe Holcomb should have died that day, but he survived as a medical miracle. For the first time, Holcomb is talking publicly about the journey he said...
  • Close Encounters (an israeli's near death experience leads to vision re: war with islam)

    10/22/2006 7:34:10 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 21 replies · 1,514+ views ^ | 10/22/2006 | ERICA CHERNOFSKY
    Avraham Yosef was 25 years old when he died for the first time. "I was an electrician, and I was working in an industrial building when I unplugged the drill I was using, slipped, and got electrocuted,"... "I screamed and then lost consciousness," he says. "My brother who was working with me heard me scream and called an ambulance. But by the time they got me to the emergency room, I was dead." At Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek hospital, doctors administered paddles to his chest and attempted to defibrillate his heart, but to no avail. Minutes later, they declared Yosef dead,...
  • Trying to get a glimpse of what’s over on the other side (Signs of Life after Death?)

    06/10/2006 9:45:53 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 309 replies · 6,122+ views
    .theheraldbulletin ^ | June 11 06 | Jim Bailey
    Despite lifelong beliefs that have been ingrained in my faith since childhood, I have to admit that like almost everyone else I have from time to time wondered if my existence will simply come to an end on the day I draw my last breath. There is, after all, no way to prove one way or the other that human life continues in another realm after the body ceases to function. Nobody has come back to testify about it, with one notable exception of course, and those who reject his divinity also tend to doubt what he had to say...
  • (Protestant) Minister Who Had Near-Death Episode Believes In Purgatory

    03/08/2006 7:22:57 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 329 replies · 5,631+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | 2005 | Michael Brown
    Howard Storm, a former atheist whose brush with death turned him into a Protestant minister, says that he now believes in purgatory. "It only makes sense," he says, "but I have trouble discussing this with my fellow ministers." Featured here a couple months ago and also on MSNBC during Easter Week -- where he told his incredible story to a national audience -- Reverend Storm, considered by experts as one of the most convincing near-death cases, recounted his "dying" in Paris in 1985 from a perforated duodenum and after leaving his body finding himself with a group of hideous beings...
  • "Heaven. Where Is It? How Do We Get There" (Barbara Walters will tell us how- on ABC)

    12/13/2005 4:06:17 PM PST · by emiller · 97 replies · 1,837+ views
    Assist News ^ | 12-10-05 | Jeremy Reynalds
    An upcoming ABC TV special promises to take an in depth look at the subject of heaven. Anchored by Barbara Walters, and titled “Heaven. Where Is It? How Do We Get There?” a news release from ABC says the program will explore the meaning of heaven with religious leaders of the major faiths, scientists, people who say they believe in heaven because they’ve been there, and celebrities who are vocal about their beliefs. Show producers even talk with terrorists. According to the news release, Walters takes viewers on a journey around the world – to India, Israel and throughout the...

    07/01/2004 3:14:45 PM PDT · by narses · 64 replies · 3,058+ views
    After Life by Michael Brown, What happens when we die? How are we judged? What's it like in Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory? Revelations, near-death accounts, and a reawakening to what life means! A hopeful book, a serious book, one that you and loved ones won't forget as you take a look at the final destination: eternity. There is nothing more crucial than where we go after life and that's what this highly popular book is about: the process of death and how instead of the "end," it is an opening to a new and vast, never-ending reality. CLICK HERE  ================================================== PRIEST...
  • Ex-atheist describes near-death experience

    02/04/2004 1:17:00 PM PST · by yonif · 384 replies · 5,188+ views
    Standard-Times ^ | 1/31/2004 | LINDA ANDRADE RODRIGUES
    DARTMOUTH -- A native son and newspaper carrier for The Standard-Times in Falmouth, Howard Storm went on to earn a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and for 20 years was an arts professor at Northern Kentucky University. An avowed atheist, he believed that there was no such thing as life after death -- until the day in 1985 when he died and went to hell. Speaking to about 125 people at Smith Mills Church last week, Mr. Storm became very emotional, often stopping to compose himself, as he described his near-death experience, which transformed his life. In...
  • 'Dead' man, 94, resumes breathing at funeral home

    01/02/2004 6:34:11 AM PST · by FITZ · 60 replies · 231+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | January 2, 2004 | Times wire reports
    <p>CLOVIS, N.M. -- A man who was declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home began breathing as workers prepared to embalm him, the owner of the funeral home said.</p> <p>Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis stopped breathing Wednesday morning and was sent to Muffley Funeral Home. An employee of the funeral home called 911 a short time later when he realized Padilla was breathing.</p>
  • Dead For 48 minutes, Catholic Priest Claims God Is Female

    02/20/2015 1:52:28 PM PST · by drewh · 195 replies
    Star 103.5FM ^ | February 20, 2016
    A Catholic priest from Massachussetts was officially dead for more than 48 minutes before medics were able to miraculously re-start his heart has revealed a shocking revelation that will change everything you once believed. The 71-year-old cleric Father John Micheal O’neal claims he went to heaven and met God, which he describes as a warm and comforting motherly figure. Father John Micheal O’neal was rushed to the hospital on January 29 after a major heart attack, but was declared clinically dead soon after his arrival. With the aid of a high-tech machine called LUCAS 2, that kept the blood flowing...
  • Skydiver Has Visions of Afterlife Following Fiery Plane Crash

    11/22/2014 2:40:15 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    CBN ^ | November 21, 2014 | Robert Hull -“The first time you open your parachute, it’s pretty amazing. It’s so peaceful. The panorama—you’re hanging a half a mile above the earth. So it wasn’t about the adrenaline; it was about the pleasure. It was about the pleasure of being in free fall. Feeling like you could fly.”Mickey Robinson was a professional skydiver; he loved falling from the heavens and drifting safely to earth. But one day just after takeoff for a practice jump, the plane’s engine stalled, hurling Mickey and his companions toward the ground at over 100 miles an hour. “The motor just quit and we...
  • Vanity - Have people of all religious faiths had near-death experiences?

    11/12/2014 7:44:39 AM PST · by southernmann · 29 replies
    After reading about the lady in Florida that was dead for 45min, I was wondering about near-death experiences. There have been a lot of these experiences written about here in our country, but I was wondering if anyone has info on near-death experiences in other countries. Specifically, is there anything recorded about those individuals that are not Christian and have experienced near-death?

    11/13/2014 11:47:20 AM PST · by tired&retired · 14 replies
    Breaking Christian News ^ | Aug 5, 2014 | Mark Ellis
    "I was transformed when I met Jesus. I had been to the most beautiful place imaginable with Jesus, and I wanted everyone on earth to experience it too." -Samaa Habib After a young Muslim woman named Samaa Habib came to Christ, she endured intense persecution from her family and the surrounding community, but even greater torment lay ahead when her thriving fellowship of Muslim converts to Christianity was bombed. Samaa was closest to one of the bombs that detonated. She was thrown 10 feet and her body slammed against an opposite wall. Her hair burned off, along with much of...
  • Florida mom who survived 45 minutes with no pulse describes near-death experience

    11/11/2014 4:12:35 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    abc7 ^ | November 10, 2014 | Coleen Sullivan
    BOCA RATON, Fla. (KABC) -- Doctors and nurses at Boca Raton Regional Hospital are calling a mother's recovery a miracle. On Sept. 23, Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro, 40, had her daughter, Taily, during a routine cesarean section, but there were complications. "Suddenly, I got called overhead. They said, 'Dr. Fleischer straight to the OR,' and I rushed up, and as soon as I got there she was already intubated, and most of the team had already arrived assessing the situation," obstetrician Dr. Michael Fleischer said. Graupera-Cassimiro's heart stopped for 45 minutes after amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream and heart and created...
  • How Should Christians Think About Near-Death Experiences?

    05/01/2014 3:20:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Patheos Philosophical Fragments ^ | February 14, 2013 | Timothy Dalrymple
    A recent piece I wrote on hell was inspired, in part, by the story of 23 Minutes in Hell, an account from a gentleman named Bill Wiese of a nighttime experience in which, he believed, he was permitted to experience hell for a short period of time in order to return to the land of the living and tell everyone that hell is for real. MY own post was not a careful exegetical treatment of the issue of damnation, but a description of a personal struggle between the vision of the afterlife I have inherited from my evangelical upbringing and...
  • Former religious skeptic believes she talked to God during the 9 minutes she was dead

    10/27/2013 4:21:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2013 | Ashley Collman
    An Oklahoma woman says she's a firm believer in God after meeting him during the nine minutes she died in 2009. Crystal McVea is a 36-year-old married school teacher and mother of four who didn't quite believe in God for most of her life. At the age of three, McVea started to be sexually abused by her drug and alcohol-addicted step father and that abuse continued by him and others until the age of 12. Those experiences made her second guess from a young age whether or not God existed, and if he did, whether he loved her. 'I saw...
  • A SECOND CHANCE Daniel: Raised from the Dead

    10/06/2003 2:42:03 PM PDT · by akbaines · 17 replies · 1,774+ views
    The 700 Club ^ | By Susan Mann and Ken Hulme – On November 30, 2001 Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu's brakes failed and his car slammed into a concrete pillar. He was rushed to a Nigerian hospital. His condition was serious. For some reason, Daniel wanted doctors to transfer him to another hospital. The doctors warned that the trip would kill him. They were right. Daniel's wife remembers her husband's dying words. "My husband called to me and told me that I should take care of the children and the ministry. He said he had built a house for me, and that I should not worry. I should take care of...
  • What was your closest brush with death?

    07/06/2013 7:15:44 PM PDT · by MNDude · 306 replies
    It seems almost everyone has a story of how they almost drowned, almost drove off a cliff, or narrowly dodged a bullet. What is your story of the closest you came to dying?
  • ‘Everything Is Ready Now’: A Near-Death Experience

    04/04/2015 10:01:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    ‘Everything Is Ready Now’: A Near-Death Experience by RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS April 4, 2015 [America's Pre-Eminent Lutheran Theologian And Convert To Catholicism Writes...] NOTE: The following piece is excerpted from an essay, “Born Toward Dying,” that originally appeared in the February 2000 issue of First Things and became the basis for the book As I Lay Dying: Meditations upon Returning. The operation took several hours and was an unspeakable mess. The tumor had expanded to rupture the intestine; blood, fecal matter, and guts all over the place. My stomach was sliced open from the rib cage down to the pubic...
  • Beyond Goodbye: Are shared-death experiences real?

    12/27/2014 9:32:14 AM PST · by NYer · 125 replies
    cnn ^ | December 26, 2014 | John Blake
    <p>William Peters was working as a volunteer in a hospice when he had a strange encounter with a dying man that changed his life.</p> <p>The man’s name was Ron, and he was a former Merchant Marine who was afflicted with stomach cancer. Peters says he would spend up to three hours a day at Ron’s bedside, talking to and reading adventure stories to him because few family or friends visited.</p>
  • Scientists have found “hidden” brain activity that can indicate if a vegetative patient is aware

    10/17/2014 1:23:47 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 31 replies
    The new research could help doctors to quickly identify patients who are aware despite appearing unresponsive and unable to communicate. Researchers from University of Cambridge in the UK have identified hidden networks in vegetative patients that could support consciousness, even when a patient appear to be unresponsive. There’s been a lot of interest lately into how much patients in vegetative states, such as comas, are aware of their surroundings. Recently, research involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning has shown that even patients who are unable to respond or move are able to carry out mental tasks, such as imagining...
  • Biggest Scientific Study Suggests Life after Death

    10/14/2014 9:48:40 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 23 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 14 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    "First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever scientific study", headlines The Telegraph, going on to say: "Southampton University scientists have found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after clinical death which was previously thought impossible". Does this prove that there is life after death and that God exists? Of course not, but it shows without a shadow of a doubt that there are many phenomena and events that science doesn't explain about the nature of consciousness and of the mind in general. Someone's answer to that migtht be that science will one day...

    04/17/2014 2:35:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 14, 2014 | Anabelle Hazard
    I’m not one of those twelve million readers who bought the book “Heaven is For Real” and torpedoed it to the New York Times’ Bestseller List. But I did check it out from the library and enjoyed both the story and the accounts of heaven. “Heaven is for real” is, in fact, only one among the many testimonies of near death experiences I’ve heard about from both Christians and non-Christians. With some suspect exceptions, most of the descriptions of heaven are fascinating and inspire me to work hard to aim for the ultimate prize. But that’s just the good news.On...
  • Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

    10/08/2012 3:01:21 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 134 replies
    Newsweek/Daily Beast ^ | Oct 8 2012 | Eban Alexander
    As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death. ... In the fall of 2008, however, after seven days in a coma during which the human part of my brain, the neocortex,...
  • Atheist Professor’s Near-Death Experience in Hell Left Him Changed

    03/13/2012 6:33:56 PM PDT · by sreastman · 113 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 3/13/2012 | Mark Ellis
    Atheist Professor’s Near-Death Experience in Hell Left Him Changed by Mark Ellis, FaithIssues, Godreports In some near-death experiences, people report they were drawn toward “the light.” But in this horrifying near-death experience for an atheist art professor, he was drawn into the darkness of hell, which dramatically altered the course of his life. “I was a double atheist,” says Howard Storm, who became a tenured art professor at Northern Kentucky University by age 27. “I was a know-it-all college professor, and universities are some of the most closed-minded places there are,” he notes. On the last day of a three-week...
  • Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research - A neurosurgeon’s perspective

    10/16/2011 1:19:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 113 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | October 16, 2011 | Stephanie Lam
    DURHAM, N.C.—Eben Alexander was your typical neurosurgeon. A firm believer of scientific reductionism, he thought that all thoughts originate from the brain. But this changed in 2008 when he encountered a case of near-death experience (NDE). As much as it was the complete opposite of his previous views, he couldn’t dismiss or avoid the case—it was none other than his own experience, and he had to face it and search for an explanation. Having contracted acute bacterial meningitis, which damages the neocortex—the part of the brain that is thought to involve complex cognitive functions like conscious thought—Alexander went into a...