The Trigger of Coma:
Derry Bresee's Near-Death Experience

A coma is a deep state of unconsciousness during which an individual is not able to react to their environment. Someone in a coma cannot respond to any form of stimulation whatsoever. Coma can be caused by an underlying illness, or it can result from head trauma. A comatose person is still very much alive, but he or she is not simply asleep. The brain wave activity in a comatose person is very different from that of a sleeping person; you can wake up a sleeping person, you can't wake a person in a coma. There are reports of people waking from a coma and recounting a classic near-death experience. Some reports involve the comatose patient being able to visualize and hear what is happening while in the comatose state. This web page includes two examples of NDEs occurring while the experiencer is in a coma. One is from a woman named Derry Bresee whose photo appears one the left. The other NDE comes from an article in prestigious medical journal The Lancet concerning the Dutch NDE study in 2001.  

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1. Derry Bresee's Near-Death Experience
2. An NDE Triggered by Coma Described in the Lancet Medical Journal
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 1. Derry Bresee's Near-Death Experience

Derry Bresee 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: 

"Many 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. 

"My testimony 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. 

"I thank God I'm able to communicate with others instead of being severely brain injured and unable to communicate as was expected. 

"All the 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 wasn't necessary.

"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. 

"When 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 thoughts!

"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 the ethereal. 

"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."

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 2. An NDE Triggered by Coma Described in the Lancet Medical Journal

The following veridical NDE account was published in the The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal. It's the latest in a long series of efforts to either document or debunk the existence of NDEs, something that - for the most part - has remained in the realm of the paranormal.


A man who had collapsed in a meadow was brought to a hospital, unconscious and with no pulse or brain activity. Doctors began artificial respiration, heart massage and defibrillation.

A nurse trying to feed a tube down his throat saw that he wore dentures and removed them. The patient was moved to the intensive care unit.

A week later, the nurse saw the man again. He immediately recognized the nurse as the person who had removed his dentures and also remembered other details of what had happened while he was in a deep coma. He said he had perceived the events from above the hospital bed and watched doctors' efforts to save his life.


Near-death researchers say such veridical evidence supports the validity of NDEs as being true out-of-body experiences. They suggest this evidence should compel scientists to rethink their theories about human consciousness. Mainstream materialistic neuroscientists currently support the idea of consciousness as being a byproduct of brain matter. But if NDEs are what experiencers say they are - out-of-body experiences - how do such materialistic scientists explain unconscious people being totally aware of events around them when their brains show no signs of electrical activity? The answer is: they can't:


"Brain chemistry does not explain these phenomena," Dr. Bruce Greyson said. "I don't know what the explanation is, but our current understanding of brain chemistry falls short."

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