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Fear of Dying
Comments by Frank L. Hoffman - 12 Dec 2004

Dear Friends:

In Steve Kaufman's essay "Christianity and the Problem of Human Violence, Part 26: The Fundamental Desire for Self-Esteem," which I have been enjoying very much, he begins with the statement:

"Those who survive episodes in which death seemed imminent describe the terror."

Back in 1957, while in the Air Force, I had a near death experience, but I had none of the fear or terror that Steve writes about. I knew what was happening. I could hear the people talking as they were trying to save my life. I heard one of the doctors say, "Come-on people, we're losing him!"

But even with all of this going on, there was no fear, and I don't even remember thinking about death.

There's a lot more to this story, but for now, I'm curious about anyone else who has had a near death experience, and about what you felt like while you were going through that experience. Was there fear and terror, or was there a peace, or was there something in between?

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank

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