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CMS: Evidence of the Afterlife?
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Can a near death experience prove the existence of something greater?


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Woody Allen said he didn't believe in an afterlife but he was bringing a change of underwear just in case.
He also wrote of his fear that there was an afterlife but that no one would know where it was being held.

In the 1980s, it was sort of being held in Connecticut -- a hotbed of research writing on the subject of near death experiences. NDEs, as they're called, are fascinating, both in terms of the consistent clues they seem to offer about what happens after death, the debates they ignite, and the lasting imprints they leave on those who make the trip and then return.

I was writing a lot about the subject in the 1980s, without ever feeling completely convinced one way or the other.

Most Americans are not skeptics. A new study suggests that young Americans, even as they drift away from any and all religions, hang on to the idea of an afterlife. 75 to 80 percent of them believe in one.

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***This episode originally aired March 3, 2010.***

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Listener E-mail from Dennis

I have been listening to your show for a few months now.  I am commuting to Hartford from my home in Western Connecticut and my trip begins as you come to the air..so I have been tuning in on my drive.
I called today but it had gotten late and I did not have chance to come on air.  I wanted to share a story with you about a high school friend who had such a near death experience.
Harold Hannum accidentally shot himself in the midsection at age 16 or so. Harold was taken to the hospital fighting consciousness the whole time during the trip.  Officially on the operation table he died. Harold recollects that he left his body and floated above the room. He watched as the team scramble to resuscitate him.  He remembered in great detail the activity's that occurred and  the experience. After wards when talked with nurses about what occurred they acknowledged that this was not an uncommon experience for them to hear of. However the doctors did not give his story much more than a matter of fact and somewhat minimalist acknowledgment.
Harold also said to me after we talked of his story, that he no longer was afraid of death and the experience gave him a different perspective on life.
I am engineer by profession and I have experience in power generation and heating and air conditioning. We are taught early in our schooling that energy is neither created or destroyed but hat it is merely transferred. By this law being applied to life. Is it a possibility that our "life energy" is transferred as we shed our mortal coil, to a realm and dimension in which we can not physically measure but still exist in a presence?
I thought the show was very interesting today and I have wondered for a long time of the application of transferring the life energy.

I dont remember any of this

I dont remember any of this but this is what my parents tell me. when I was 3-4 years old my uncle was watching me while my parents ran to the grocery store. when they came back my uncle told them that I fell into the pool but I was alright. a year or two later there was a show on television about near death experiences. when someone was explaining their experience I calmly told my parents that wasnt how it was. that there were much more colors. when they asked how I knew, I said it happened when I fell into the pool. my parents then confronted my uncle about it, who then told my parents that I was actually lying unconscious at the bottom of the pool for an extended period of time before someone found me. but right when they brought me up I coughed up water and was fine. I still remember a colorful scene but maybe thats because my mom has retold the story so many times.

Listener E-mail from S.C.


My husband had a near death experience 12 days before his death in August 1989.  His was not Christian -- although he had gone to Catholic schools and to Boston College in his youth -- but it was quite profound.....and he had a wonderful final 12 days, during which time he was very cheerful (not his usual demeanor)....sadly, he thought he had been sent back for much longer, and he was deeply disappointed when he had the same symptoms (arrythymia) a few days after release from hospital. 

When I was doing CPR on him and awaiting ambulance's arrival, I saw a cloud or fog rise from his chest, and I was sure that he was there (his soul) and that he was dying......and remembered what he said (and observed from above) 12 days before....

near-death experiences

The situation described by S.C. is one I heard frequently when I was researching the Case for Heaven. Hospice nurses are often told by their clients that they "went" but came back. Often it is a blessing for the patient, who has a chance to make amends, or change an attitude, as it sounds like your husband did. Thank you for writing in. Mally Cox-Chapman