is a grandmother and registered nurse who was involved
in a near-fatal car accident with her youngest son
which resulted in her near-death experience. Her
son had just gotten his driver's license and was
driving home from the DMV with Derry as a passenger
when he accidentally pulled out in front of a gravel
truck that couldn't stop in time. Although the accident
almost ended her life and put her into a coma for
which she had her NDE and eventually recovered,
Derry is thankful to her son for this accident because
of the wonderful blessings her life because of it.
In describing her life since her near-death experience,
Derry says, Prayer is a tangible force - a power
for good here on this Earth!" The following
is Derry Bresee's NDE in her own words:
people ask me what was the first thing I thought
or felt when I came out of my coma, about three
weeks after the accident. I could feel Christ's
love and compassion for me and I believe the prayers
of many for me made him tune into me personally,
and led to my incredible experience with Christ
in that heavenly garden. I now no longer hope that
there is a heaven and that Christ's life experience
and atonement are real. Now I know! Just as I know
that I gave birth to all five of my children and
tangibly held them in my arms.
of Christ burns within me. Now, when I think of
him, I have a visual memory of him looking at me
there in that heavenly garden.
"I now have
the time to focus on spiritual things daily because
I can no longer work as a nurse.
God I'm able to communicate with others instead
of being severely brain injured and unable to communicate
as was expected.
doctors say my recovery, to the extent I function
now, is a miracle!
"I had a near-death experience
after I'd been seriously injured in a near fatal
automobile accident which caused me to stop breathing
necessitating the use of a ventilator and an accompanying
coma. Since coming out of my coma I've had vivid
remembrances of the time I was on the other side
of veil in a heavenly realm.
"There was a bright mist
permeating everything. The light was everywhere,
it even passed through me! I can remember looking
at my hand and the light passed through it. I could
see my hand was transparent, but this did not surprise
me. As I walked with this heavenly personage his
countenance shone forth with such a brightness that
I can't describe. I knew this heavenly personage
was Jesus because I recognized him as a familiar
friend. He didn't announce who he was because this
"I remember walking with
Jesus, but we weren't walking in the physical sense,
the best way I can describe our walking was that
we were walking in mid-air, floating a bar spare
above the ground of this beautiful garden we were
walking in. Everything in this garden had an overall
whiteness and brightness about it. I was seeing
the bright green of the plants. I could see the
water, and a bright glow surrounded it and the burbling
of this water had a musical sound to it, the water
fairly sang! The water was so sparkling clear! I
remember wanting to bend over and take a drink from
the stream that was running through this garden
we were walking thru.
I tried to scoop up water with my hands the water
ran through my hands, literally, and it wasn't wet!
Jesus stopped walking and looked at me while I was
bent over trying to drink this water. I could feel
his eyes on me. My thirst for this water even though
I wasn't able to put to my lips and drink it was
gone at that moment! I can't describe the sensation
I felt when the water was running through my hands,
but I did feel something. I felt this overwhelming
desire to experience everything about this garden.
"When I and the heavenly
being talked it wasn't with our mouths, but I knew
we were communicating, his countenance fairly shone,
and how he felt about me shone forth about him.
He simply exuded love and concern and caring for
me just by standing there. The feeling of peace
I felt was indescribable!
"I was given the choice
that I could either come back to this Earth and
live more life or stay with him there in Heaven.
We both knew that returning to this Earth would
be a struggle because I'd told him that I wanted
to return to this Earth if I could help myself and
others. He knew that I didn't want to live more
life on this Earth if life meant being trapped in
unresponsive body, unable to communicate. The look
of love in his eyes filled me with joy then, and
as I remember that feeling of joy I felt then I'm
filled me with joy anew.
"I don't know how I did
this, but then I remember that I was in a hospital
room looking at my husband holding my hand and talking
to me. Only I wasn't seeing from the vantage point
thru my own eyes. I recognized that was my body,
but I was outside of it, looking at my body. As
I viewed this scene I felt a strong desire that
I wanted to return to this Earth and live more life
with my husband, if I could communicate with him
and help him. I was understood and the desires of
my heart were heard.
"The next thing I remember
was being trapped in my body while others cared
for my physical needs. I can remember that I could
tell what the nurses were thinking about me by how
they touched me. I knew if they thought I was going
to live or not through their touch. I knew if they
thought they were caring for a basically dead person
whose spirit wasn't there. I remember trying to
scream out, "Look! I'm alive! I'm in here! I'm going
to live!" I relaxed and trusted that person
much more if I knew that they knew they were caring
for a living person. I obviously could read their
"While in my spirit body
I remember communicating telepathically, this is
how I and Jesus communicated in that heavenly garden.
It was so easy, it required no effort, you thought
the thoughts and they were communicated. Speaking
through my physical mouth is so difficult, and frustrating,
and sometimes you're misunderstood, and they get
the wrong meaning of what you're trying to say.
The phrase the world uses of being soul mates is
referring to the communication between two souls,
spirit to spirit communication.
"To communicate on a
spiritual level is a very profound. I believe I've
had this spiritual gift ever since my near-death
experience, and it has profoundly blesses my life
as I use it. I feel this great need to communicate
on a spiritual level with others, and one of the
only ways I'm able to communicate in this way is
through writing. I have to prepare myself mentally
to be able communicate on a spiritual level. You
have the time to do this as you are writing in your
home, without distractions. We are what we think.
I find trivial thoughts distracting, I rarely watch
TV and then only if it stimulates good thoughts.
I listen to different music now, and gravitate towards
"My near-death experience
has changed me, I desire righteousness and I abhor
evil. I'm actually quite thankful for my accident,
even though it has changed my physical abilities
adversely, at the same time my spiritual abilities
have blossomed enormously. Ever since I woke up
from my coma I've had an attitude of peaceful hopefulness.
I believe the reason why I still live, one of the
reasons I came back to this Earth to live is because
I'm supposed to testify that the spirit world is
real and beautiful, and that Jesus is who he says
he is, he is our brother, and we knew him well as
a friendly brother in the spirit world. This knowledge,
this belief, affects every facet of my life, and
my desire to communicate this to others is why I
am here on Earth now relating this experience to
all who will listen."