Lynn's Near-Death Experience
With Her Pet Dogs
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following near-death experience appears
P.M.H. Atwater's book, The New Children and
Near-Death Experiences where she reports the account of a child named
Lynn, at age thirteen, who had an NDE during
which she saw her beloved dogs in heaven.
It occurred when Lynn underwent open-heart
surgery at age thirteen to correct a condition
she had almost since birth. Before the surgery,
she was unable to run and play with the
other kids, and she would on occasion turn
blue and get sick. A large black Great Dane
named Harvey was her constant companion
and best buddy. The following is Lynn's
testimony of her NDE as described in P.M.H.
Atwater's wonderful book.
Lynn's Out-of-Body Observations of Family
last thing I remember in surgery was a male
voice saying in a very matter-of-fact way,
'Uh-oh, we have a problem here.'
next thing I knew I was floating around
the ceiling looking down on my body. My
chest was open wide and I could see my internal
organs. I remember thinking how odd it was
that my organs were a beautiful pearl gray,
not at all like the bright red chucks in
the horror flicks I loved to watch. I also
noticed there was a black doctor and an
Oriental one on the operating team. The
reason this stuck in my mind is that I was
brought up in a very white middle-class
neighborhood, and I had seen black schoolteachers
but never a black doctor. I'd met the operating
team the day before, but they were all white.
I had to move on, so I floated into the
waiting room, where my parents were. My
father had his head buried in my mother's
lap. He was kneeling at her feet, his arms
wrapped around her waist, and he was sobbing.
My mother was stroking his head, whispering
to him. This scene shocked me, as my father
was not prone to showing emotions. Once
I realize they would be fine, I felt myself
pulled into a horizontal tunnel.
ride through the tunnel was like nothing
else. I remember thinking, 'So this is death.'
tunnel was dark, and every once in a while
something that looking like lightning would
flash across my path. These flashes were
brilliant in color and didn't scare me.
At the end of the tunnel was a bright light."
Her Reunion With Her Deceased Dogs
the light came two dogs of mine. One was
a collie named Mimi who had died three years
previously from an infection, and the other
was a boxer named Sam who had died two years
before after being hit by a car. The dogs
came running and jumped on me and kissed
my face with their tongues. Their tongues
weren't wet, and I felt no weight when they
jumped on me. The dogs seemed to glow
from a light that was inside them.
saying to myself, 'Thank you, God, for letting
my dogs be alive.'
my dogs as tight as I could. I then called
my dogs and together we started walking
toward the light. All colors were in the
light and it was warm, a living thing, and
there were people as far as the eye could
see, and they were glowing with an inner
light - just like my dogs. In the distance
I could see fields, hills, and a sky.
light spoke and it said, 'Lynn, it is not
time for you yet. Go back, child.'
my hand up to touch the top of the light.
I knew then that I had touched the face
of God. I told God that I loved him, and
I wanted to stay with him.
the light said, 'Lynn, go back. It is not
time for you. You have work to do for me. Go
this sounds silly, but I asked the light,
'If I go, can I come back and will my dogs
still be here waiting for me?'
light said, 'Yes,' and then told me there
were people who wanted to see me before
Her Homecoming With Grandparents and an
"From out of the light
came my maternal grandparents. I ran to
them and embraced them. They were going
to walk me part of the way back.
as I was turning to leave, a man stepped
from the light. He wore a full dress uniform,
U.S. Navy. He was very tall and very blond,
with blue eyes. I had never seen the man
before, but he knew me and smiled.
your uncle Franklin. Tell Dorothy that I'm
okay and that the baby is with me. Tell
her I never stopped loving her and that
I am glad she got on with her life. Tell
her that when her time comes, I will come
for her. Remember to tell her I love her.'
turned, the man shouted, 'Tell Dorothy,
tell her you met Franklin and I'm okay and
so is the baby.'
told me if I stayed any longer I might not
make it back. But I wanted to talk with
Jesus. I had a very important question to
An Important Question Answered By Jesus
of light, different from yet similar to
the first one, covered me. I knew this light
was Christ. I leaned against it for one
moment and then asked my question.
Jesus, is it true that you gave me this
heart condition so that I would have a cross
to carry like you did?' (Sister Agnes, my
sixth-grade teacher, had told me that my
heart condition was my cross to bear from
Christ.) I heard the voice of Christ vibrate
through me as he said, 'No, this heart condition
of yours is not a cross from me for you
to bear. This heart condition is a challenge
to help you grow and stay compassionate.
Now, go back.'
Her Future Foretold and an Interesting Tunnel
walked back, my grandmother told me that
my father was going to leave my mother and
that I would be my mother's strength.
people hiding in the tunnel, people who
were afraid to come into the light or who
were disoriented about where they were.
I expressed concern for them but was told
not to worry, as a guide would be along
to help them. Some of these people looked
like soldiers. Then I remembered Vietnam
and I knew where the soldiers were coming
Psychic Aftereffects and Verified Out-of-Body
|Lynn detailed what
it was like to be resuscitated and then
wake up hours later hooked up to a myriad
of tubes. She recalls being unable to speak
and being fascinated by shadows moving among
the medical staff, shadows she came to realize
were people who had died there. She claims
it didn't take long before she could watch
death take place -- to see the soul as it
exited the body. Her doctor released her
after a month because he was afraid that
all the time she spent talking to dead or
misplaced souls would drive her crazy. Her
early release pleased her father, as if
it gave him an excuse to be cold and unemotional
"The day I left, in front
of my parents, I asked Dr. Davidson who
the black doctor was in the operating room.
Dr. Davidson said he had been called in
at the last minute when one of the team
members became ill. He wanted to know if
this doctor had been by to say hi, but I
said no, I saw him during surgery. Dr. Davidson
stopped smiling and told me to go home and
Once Lynn returned
home, her life changed. Light bulbs would
pop if she got angry, and formerly inanimate
objects would move around of their own accord
(the research term for this is
She would see images whenever she touched
anything (synesthesia). From touching jewelry,
she could tell who owned it and where it
had been worn (psychometry). When she looked
at a person, she could see their life in
flashes, including their future (clairvoyance).
School became easy, as she no longer had
to study to get really good grades (intelligence
enhancement). But sunshine bothered her,
and so did loud noise (increased sensitivity
to light and sound).
Lynn's Foretold Future Becomes Reality
|"My father left
us. In front of the whole family, he told
me he thought I was crazy and belonged in
a mental hospital. It was Thanksgiving Day,
one year after my surgery.
my father I could prove I wasn't crazy.
I turned to Aunt Dorothy and said, 'Who
There was silence.
Every eye at the table was on me. Mouths
were wide open. Uncle George, who was married
to Aunt Dorothy, looked at me with tears
in his eyes and said, 'Lynn, if you wanted
to hurt me, you've done a good job.'
"Everyone went home early and my father
"A few weeks later my aunt
wanted to know how I knew about Franklin.
I told her exactly what had happened during
"Then my aunt led me up
to her attic and unlocked a large trunk.
(I had never been in her attic before, nor
had I seen the trunk.) She pulled out pictures
of the man I had seen in the light.
"My aunt told me that she had married
Franklin during World War II, after a brief
twenty-four-hour courtship. She had been
engaged to Uncle George at the time, but
left him for Franklin. My aunt started to
cry as she told me that she and Franklin
were very happy together for two months,
and then he was shipped out. After he left,
she discovered she was pregnant. When she
was seven months along, my aunt received
word that Franklin had been killed in the
invasion of Italy. He was on the lead ship
dropping off troops. The news caused her
to miscarry. She hemorrhaged so badly that
a complete hysterectomy had to be performed
to save her. The next year Uncle George
married her and destroyed all pictures of
Franklin, requesting that everyone in the
family never speak Franklin's name again.
The only pictures to survive were those
Aunt Dorothy hid in the trunk."
The Bitter Aftermath Involving Her Beloved
|With this final
verification of what she had seen during
her near-death experience, Lynn became openly
confident and trusting, although she preferred
solitude to a social life. She lost all
fear of death, changed her diet to include
less meat, began to exhibit steadily increasing
displays of psychic abilities, and became
a friend of ghosts.
Yet the guilt
she felt about her father's actions and
what he did to her Great Dane still haunts
her. When her father left the family, he
took Lynn's beloved Great Dane, Harvey.
He would phone her and accuse her of being
possessed by the devil because of her psychic
ability and knowledge gained about Franklin.
Her father would phone her and threatened
to kill Harvey unless she became a Christian.
One day, he made good on that threat.
"I couldn't believe my father actually
did it until that night, when Harvey's soul
came to say good-bye and let me know he
"For years afterward I'd
have coughing fits where I could hardly
breathe. It wasn't until I reached adulthood
that I connected the coughing to my pent-up
emotions about my dog's death."
After years of counseling. Lynn has yet
to release the grief she feels about her
walked out on our family because of me,
because of how I changed after my episode,
and my relationship with my uncle was never
the same again. My family was badly hurt
and my dog was killed, and it's all my fault."