My journey

On May 14th 2019 my daughter, Caitlin Frangel, went missing. After an exhaustive search a car was located underwater in the Mississippi river. It was confirmed that one of the bodies in that car was Caitlin. In an instant everything changed.

After my daughter’s death I found myself searching for information about near death experiences. The first book I read on the subject was “Glimpsing Heaven” by Judy Bachrach. The book honestly brought me much comfort. Reading about the absolute beauty and all encompassing love that those who had experienced NDEs encountered lessened my grief.  After that I started searching for more information on the topic. I’ve started to compile some of that information here in hopes that it may help someone else that is grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s my belief that these videos and stories show us that our loved ones are not gone forever and are still with us.

If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life? Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of those who died and then returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead, and the conclusions are astonishing. Clinical death—the moment when the heart stops beating and brain stem activity ceases—is not necessarily the end of consciousness, as a number of doctors are now beginning to concede. Hundreds of thousands of fascinating post-death experiences have been documented, and for many who have died and returned, life is forever changed. These days, an increasing number of scientific researchers are turning their studies to people who have experienced what the author calls death travels -- putting stock and credence in the sights, encounters, and exciting experiences reported by those who return from the dead. Through interviews with scores of these “death travelers,” and with physicians, nurses, and scientists unraveling the mysteries of the afterlife, Bachrach redefines the meaning of both life and death. Glimpsing Heaven reveals both the uncertainty and the surprising joys of life after death.

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Why Near Death Experiences?

why near death experiences? Simple, it’s the most verifiable proof of Heaven we have. Not every story can be verified but many can.  One of those stories which can be verified is Pam Reynold’s NDE. Pam underwent a procedure called cardiac standstill while doctors operated on a massive aneurysm located deep within her brain. During the procedure Pam would have all the blood drained from her head while also receiving drugs to shut down brain activity. Pam’s brainwave activity was monitored during the procedure and was non existent. Small devices were inserted into each of her ears which made a clicking sound. The purpose of the devices was to make sure her brain was shut down and did not respond to the clicking of the devices. Again the monitors remained flat lined. Despite all this what Pam saw and heard will shock you. Everything Pam says she saw and heard was later verified by medical staff in the room as accurate. For more information on Pam Reynold-Lowery’s story read the post below. Hear her description of Heaven.

Pam Reynold - Near Death Experience

Pam Reynold Lowery – Life after Death Glimpsing Heaven, was a book that helped me a lot after my daughter Caitlin’s death. …

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Dr. Mary Neal's - Near Death Experience

Dr. Mary Neal Near Death Experience

Dr. Mary Neal

is a board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon who drowned while kayaking on a South American river. She experienced life after death. She went to heaven and back, conversed with Jesus and experienced God's encompassing love. She was returned to Earth with some specific instructions for work she still needed to do. Her life has been one filled with miracles and intervention of God. Her story gives reason to live by faith and is a story of hope.

Dr. Neal was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from the University of Kentucky before attending the UCLA medical school. She completed her orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Southern California after which she lived in Sweden, Switzerland, and Los Angeles while undergoing 1 1/2 years of specialty training in spinal surgery before becoming the Director of spine surgery at USC. Five years later, she left the University for private practice.

She currently lives and works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she and her family enjoy everything the outdoor world offers, especially all forms of skiing, bicycling, boating, and hiking.


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven—where she experienced God’s peace, joy, and angels—and back to life again.

In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died.

To Heaven and Back is Mary’s remarkable story of her life’s spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again. Detailing her feelings and surroundings in heaven, her communication with angels, and her deep sense of sadness when she realized it wasn’t her time, Mary shares the captivating experience of her modern-day miracle.

Mary’s life has been forever changed by her newfound understanding of her purpose on earth, her awareness of God, her closer relationship with Jesus, and her personal spiritual journey suddenly enhanced by a first-hand experience in heaven. To Heaven and Back will reacquaint you with the hope, wonder, and promise of heaven, while enriching you own faith and walk with God.

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New York Times bestseller

"Neal combines spiritual reflection with medical facts to create lessons that are profound and eminently practical. . . an inspiring work any believer can enjoy." —Publishers Weekly

In this inspired follow-up to her million-copy bestseller, To Heaven and Back, Dr. Mary Neal shares untold stories about her encounters with Jesus and powerful insights about how the reality of heaven can make each day magnificent.

Dr. Mary Neal's unforgettable account of a 1999 kayaking accident that took her life, and what happened next, has riveted more than a million readers. But something happened as she shared her story in the years since. Not only did Neal realize she had more to tell, she discovered she had yet to answer the biggest question of all: How does knowing heaven is real change our lives on Earth?

"I have never finished speaking at a venue, including corporate settings, without people wanting to know more," says Dr. Neal. In 7 Lessons From Heaven, Neal takes readers deeper into her experience, which includes encounters with angels, a journey to a "city of light," and what it was like to meet Jesus face-to-face. Even more, Neal shares how she was sent back with the absolute knowledge that the God we hope for—the one who knows us, loves each of us as though we are the only one, and wants us to experience joy in our daily life—is real and present. She offers practical insights and inspiration for how each of us can experience this God every day and begin living without regret, worry, anxiety, or fear.

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