My grandfather was never afraid of death after he had a NDE during surgery when I was just a baby.
His heart stopped for a very long time and they thought he was gone.
He surprised the doctors by coming back and later told them what he saw and heard them doing while he was "dead".
He told his family about the floating sensation and rising above his body toward a brilliant light. He said that he knew there were loved ones waiting beyond the light and that he really wanted to go there too.
I have been hearing this story all my life and I believe it is true! He was always a very honest and hardworking man with no reason to make up a story such as this.
My grandfather went on to live about 25 years longer after his NDE.
14 years ago years ago, I had just given birth to my daughter. We lived far away from my grandparents and though he wasn't one to call or write, he became obsessed with the idea of my bringing the baby for a visit. He called many times in one week, telling me about airline specials, really wanting me to come visit! I finally did make arrangements and two days before my flight, he had a stroke and was put on life support.
I came as soon as I could and when I saw him hooked up to all those tubes I was shocked. The doctors told us that although he had suffered brain damage, he would live this way for a long time. Physically he was stable and expected to respond to treatment. His brain though, was not dead, Not really alive.
I whispered in his ear these words that I will never forget telling him.
"Grandpa let go"
Then I told him how much we all loved him, that I was there with him, that the baby was here too. I told him that I knew he didn't want to be here like this, living, but not alive, and that he should reach for the light.
Even now, I can't believe that I actually told my grandfather to die.
The next morning, we got a call from the hospital.
Grandpa had died.
And though he had been expected to live for quite some time in this state, I believe he heard me and only wanted validation, our blessings, before dying.
Just wanted to share my experience with you!