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ATWATER on children's NDE'S
I have written a lot
about children and their near-death experiences, and how
the aftereffects tend to affect them somewhat differently
than with adults. And I have asked, even begged, for child
experiencers to write their own story themselves - then
send me a copy.
Well, another one just did.
Kathryn Diamond wrote a fictional account based on her own
near-death episode, that is so vivid, so real, so in keeping
with what I have seen with hundreds of other children, that
I am convinced this is no fiction. She said her spirit guide
helped her write it. Maybe so, but what I am sensing is
that Kathryn herself reached deep within her heart of hearts
to touch ours with this story. She has promised me she will
write another book about what actually happened to her,
and yet another geared toward parents to help them understand
their child and what he or she may face as the years pass.
For now, though, I want to tell you about her so-called
"RACHEL'S MAGIC SWING"
by Kathryn Diamond is self-published, large type,
80 pages long, and is available via her website http://www.rachelsmagicswing.com.
She does have PayPal capacity. Sorry, there's no postal
address, but her e-mail is email@example.com. Ask
her about different arrangements if PayPal bothers you.
Although the book was written for 7 to 12 year olds, it
is truly for everyone!
Rachel was born with a serious physical
problem and had to deal with frequent illness and hospital
stays. At the age of 11 she began to have a visitor by the
name of Jonah stop by. He was an angel, as things turned
out, a special guide who occupied the swing next to her
whenever she went outside.
Shortly after their friendship deepened, Rachel became very
sick and had to be rushed to the hospital, where she died.
At the point of death she ventured into the heaven-worlds
and had many adventures. After she revived, she wanted to
talk about what had happened to her but was hesitant because
of the reactions adults displayed when she said anything.
This is where Kathryn shines, as if she
were Rachel, telling about what the child went through afterward
in believing her own story and then learning how to tell
others. What Rachel experienced in trying to understand
her parent's rebuff is incredibly insightful - so much so
that I wish every child experiencer of a near-death state
could read this book and then hand it to their parents and
care givers so they could read it, too. Wouldn't it be wonderful
if books like this were stocked in hospital waiting rooms
and children's wards? Here's hoping this someday happens.
There exists a few other books about child
experiencers and their near-death episodes - each very different.
Although they are listed on page 55 of "The Big Book
of Near-Death Experiences," a very special book that
should have been included on that list, missed the cut-off
for publication. Because that happened, I will list them
all again, this time mentioning that extra book first:
"Talking With Angel: About
Illness, Death, and Survival,"
Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino. Edinburgh, Scotland; Floris Books,
2005 (available in the U.S.). Evelyn is not an experiencer,
she is a researcher; but she has worked so closely and for
so long with experiencers, that she was able to write a
book of profound depth. Like Kathryn's book, this is no
fiction. The little girl in this piece who is facing her
own death, is comforted by a fellow patient who told her
what it was like when he died and what he saw on the "other
side." A book of courage and inspiration.
"A Journey with the Angel of
Aafke H. Holm-Oosterhof. Self-published, 1999, in the Netherlands.
No English translation yet. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website is http://home.hccnet.nl/p.g.holm.
I have tried for years to entice a U.S. publisher to take
on this book, so far no luck. If you are able to obtain
a copy, the paintings alone tell the story and they are
fabulous - so don't worry if you don't speak Dutch. You
might explore my YouTube presentations as I displayed this
book in one of them.
"In His Arms,"
Denise Mendenhall, with Doug Mendenhall. Self-published,
2006. Available from Publishing Hope, P. O. Box 282, Mount
Pleasant, UT 84647. This is the first book I know of to
be written by a child experiencer who is still a child!
Influenced by the teachings of her church, Denise is quite
upfront about what is true and not true as per what she
learned from dying. Although her aftereffects may seem bizarre,
I can attest that they are not. We are too used to sanitized
and stereo-typical versions of the near-death phenomenon.
This one is somewhat different.
"The Door to the Secret City,"
Kathy Forti. Still available after its 1984 publication,
now from the author at 12401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 306,
Los Angeles, CA 90025, or e-mail email@example.com. Like Kathryn,
Kathy used her own near-death experience as a teenager to
create this fictionalized account for children as a way
to help them understand a near-death experience. She has
written other books for children - you might inquire about
her other titles.
"A Bridge for Grandma,"
Carol McCormick. Edina, MN; Beavers Pond Press, 2006. This
is a much lighter fare for the very young, with beautiful,
colorful drawings. A fictionalized piece, Carol based this
on actual cases. She has a long history of being a storyteller
for kids of all ages and has performed at countless functions.
a section in the book series entitled "The Unexplained,"
Michael Martin. Mankato, MN; Capstone Press, 2005. Linda
A. Jacquin, a child experiencer of a near-death state, served
as consultant for this section. The series is for 3rd to
If you know about or hear of any more, please
let me know.
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