Near-Death Experiences of Children
L.H.D., Ph.D. (Hon.)
is one of the
original researchers of the near-death experience
phenomenon. Her first two books,
Coming Back to Life and
Beyond the Light, are considered the
Bibles of the near-death experience. In
Children of the New Millennium, she
presents the first serious look at the near-death
experiences of children.
What follows are some
of the childhood near-death experiences
profiled in her book,
Children of the New Millennium reprinted
Brad Steiger's near-death experience
is an excerpt from his excellent book,
One with the Light. David Goines experience
is an excerpt from his website which, for
some reason, no longer exists on the internet.
I suspect he is now in spirit.
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1. Laura's NDE (age 3 ½ )
My father, in a blind
drunken rage, raped and sodomized and beat me to
death in the middle of the night. At the most
extreme outpost of pain, I cried out to God and
in that moment I was torn from life.
As I died I felt
myself raised up by angels in robes of many
colors. I did not know where they were taking me
as they flew, carrying me up higher and higher
in the sky. Finally, we reached a place where
emptiness gave way to form, and form took the
shape of huge cloudlike masses on which other
angels seemed to be walking, although they too
floated through the air.
The angels carrying
me lay me at the feet of a beautiful female
angel whose radiating love was more powerful
than any of those around her. She said to me in
a voice whose sweetness and tone are unknown
here on Earth, "Tell me your story."
I said to her, not in
spoken words but in thoughts, "I will, but now I
need to rest."
My spirit had no
energy, even to answer this loving lady.
God in the
manifestation of infinite light appeared off to
my left, and I was engulfed in a form of
all-powerful, all-nourishing love. That divine
being appeared as a massive column of golden
light, with the suggestion of a human shape
inside. I both saw and felt his light, feeling
as if I were in a warm bath that completely
healed and protected me. I never wanted to
leave. No conversation passed between us, but in
those infinite moments I acquired the knowledge
that allowed me to go back to Earth to complete
After this infinite
moment had passed, there began a battle for my
life between the angels in heaven and the
doctors on Earth. Every time the doctors pounded
on my chest, my spirit was sucked into my body
for a split second, only to be pulled back again
by the angels. They held me by my feet,
struggling to keep me from coming back. Finally,
the doctors pounded one last time. I heard an
angel say, "They're stronger than we are," and I
was sucked back into my body, sat up, screamed,
and passed out.
To this day, I always
have the feeling that I need to go back, that
there was something more I was meant to do there
before returning. That feeling of incompleteness
keeps me half in the other world all the time.
2. Clara's NDE (age 10)
I was in the fifth
grade when I became sick with extreme pain in my
lower right side. My teacher thought it was only
a stomach ache and ignored it. Two hours later I
was rushed to the hospital. I was terrified and
begged to go home. I was fighting the ether mask
when it happened. One second I was awake, scared
to death, the next second I was falling straight
down a dark hole as if in a well.
There were loud
sounds like buzzing and ringing and metal
scraping together, then I was up by the ceiling
looking down on myself. I felt as though I was
spread out all over the room like vapor or a
cloud. I watched as the doctor had a square
green machine wheeled into the room by a nurse,
and then worked on me using it. There were
several nurses there.
Suddenly I was
standing alone in a room with large, heavy doors
leading into other rooms. Someone came to me. I
didn't see him; I only heard his voice. He led
me up through what seemed like a tunnel. I
seemed to be walking, but my feet didn't touch a
floor. Suddenly I heard what sounded like a
city-sized playground full of kids, laughing and
playing. Hearing them calmed me. Another man
came to meet us. I didn't see him either. He
asked the one leading me who I was, then he went
away. When he returned he told the man with me
that I had to go back, that they weren't ready
for me yet.
I was led up a
sidewalk to a large building with large doors. I
walked inside and saw people all around working
and doing things. I was taken to a huge
iridescent white room and told to sit down on
some steps that led up to a large white chair,
and wait there for someone who was to talk to
me. He came out a door at the other end of the
steps, walked to the chair above me, and sat
down. He was dressed in a white, long-sleeved,
floor-length robe with a wide gold band around
the mid-section. He wore sandals. His dark brown
hair was shoulder length; he had a long face,
broad chin, dark eyes with black around both
eyelids, like eyeliner pencil, but it wasn't.
His skin was olive colored and his eyes were as
liquid love. He communicated by looking at me.
No words had to be spoken, as we could hear each
other's thoughts. He told me what I had to do in
life and had me go to the other side of the room
and look down into something like a TV set so I
could see my future. What I saw made me very
happy. This man, who I believe is Jesus Christ,
said that once I woke up in the hospital I would
forget what I was supposed to do in life.
"Nothing can happen
before its time," he cautioned.
As I was leaving the
room he said I must obey his commandments if I
wanted to come back.
When I revived, a
nurse was sitting beside my bed and she said,
"Thank God you finally woke up."
I told the doctor
that I had watched him work on me and the color
of the machine brought into the surgery room. He
didn't know what to say.
3. Cecil's NDE (age 11)
My brother and I went
swimming. He had a problem. I tried to get him
out of the water, but in his panic he pulled me
under several times. We both drowned. He died
and I came back. I can remember it all like
yesterday. Just as I could no longer stay
afloat, a strange sound like ringing in my ears
started. A peaceful feeling came over me. I felt
my spirit come out of my body and I went into a
black void. That was a little frightening.
A long way off there
was a pinprick of light. I moved toward it,
slowly at first, then faster and faster as if I
were on top of a train accelerating. Then I
stopped and stepped fully into the light. I
noticed everything - sky, buildings, glass -
emitted its own light and everything was much
more colorful than what we see here. A river
meandered around. On the other side was a city,
and a road running through it to another city,
and another city and another and another.
Right in front of me
but across the river were three men. They
projected themselves to me. They didn't walk or
fly; they projected over. I didn't recognize
them, yet I knew one was Lynn Bibb. (I was named
after him. He died a matter of weeks before I
was born.) I knew these three men were looking
out for me, like a welcoming committee to escort
me over the river to the first city. I had the
feeling that if I went with them, there would be
no coming back, so I hesitated.
The first city was
like first grade. People stayed there until they
were ready to go to the next city - your eternal
progression, from city to city. Behind me and to
the left was a strong light source, very
brilliant and filled with love. I knew it was a
person. I called it God for lack of a better
term. I could not see it; I felt what seemed
like a male presence. He communicated to me, not
so much in words but telepathically, and he
asked, "Why did you hesitate?"
I replied, "Well, I'm
kind of young to die."
He chuckled. "We have
I said, "Well,
there's some things I want to know first."
He replied, "What do
you want to know?"
"What is death?" I
He said, "Turn and
look to one side."
As I did, I saw a bad
car wreck. Several people had been killed. Out
of some of the bodies a spirit came up to
Some who did not
believe it was possible stayed in their bodies
and would not emerge. I asked if they could be
reached and he said, "Yes, some more quickly
than others and some maybe never." Death, then,
is not believing in anything.
I asked, "What is
He said, "Turn and
I saw an old woman in
a rocking chair determined to sit and rock and
worry about children and grandchildren and
everything else. Hell is therefore a lack of
wisdom and not moving on, choosing not to go any
further, sitting there and doing nothing. Hell
is not a place.
I asked if there was
a Devil or Satan.
He said to me, "Would
God allow that?" He continued, "If I made you
God for just a few seconds, what would you do
I knew my first act
would be to eliminate any Devil or Satan. I
asked, "How do I know right from wrong?"
He replied, "Right is
helping and being kind. Wrong is not only
hurting someone but not helping when you can."
We walked as I asked
about the universe and reasons for everything.
All of these things were shown to me. Then he
wondered if I still wanted to return to the
"I do want to
He asked, "Why?"
I said I would help
my mother whom my father had left with four
children and one on the way. God kind of
chuckled and asked me for the real reason. I
said I would leave the Earth a little better
than I found it.
Then you may return
with some of the knowledge of the things you
have learned, but the rest will be veiled for a
time. Live in such a way that you will not be
going back when you return here again.
I woke up face down
in the mud of the river bottom and was 'lifted'
to the top. I threw up great amounts of water,
then pulled myself out of the river only to
discover my brother had died.
Brad Steiger's NDE
Steiger is a famous author of paranormal books
such as Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and
Haunted Places, Dog Miracles: Inspirational and
Heroic True Stories, and Angels Around the
World. On an August day in 1947, 11-year-old
Brad Steiger nearly died of multiple skull
fractures after being caught in the metallic
blades of a piece of machinery on his family's
Iowa farm. He felt his "essential self" drift
away from his body. He watched his sister run
for help and realized he was simultaneously in
his father's arms being carried from the field,
and above himself, observing.
While "out" of his
body he was shown a geometric design of colors
and seemed to see the patterns inherent in all
of life. He came back to his body just as the
surgeons were about to operate.
Although he did not
understand it, he felt he had been shown a plan
of the universe, and that he had a mission "to
testify to others that the human spirit is
eternal and that we are not alone in the cosmic
scheme of things."
Children report being
taken on a tour of heaven, seeing angels,
colorful geometric patterns, and dead relatives
and pets. One 9-year-old boy, after 36 hours in
a life-threatening fever, reported seeing his
sister during a tour of heaven. It was she who
told him he had to come back to life. His father
assured him he couldn't have seen her there as
she was safely away at college. The following
morning they found out that the daughter had
died the night before in a car crash.
One of her professors
at the Chicago Theological Seminary once told of
a girl who was dying and reported seeing her
brother right in front of her in the hospital,
telling her it was "OK."
When told of this
after her death her parents were stunned. They
had never told her she had had a brother who
died years before she was born.
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