Three Classifications of Suicide NDEs
While there exists documented reports of very beautiful
near-death experiences resulting from attempted suicide, there also exists hellish reports. This
suggests the act of suicide itself is not a factor in determining whether
a person has a beautiful NDE or a hellish NDE. However, it is possible for
a hellish spiritual condition already existing within a person to be
carried over and continued after death. Many suicides are committed by
people who are already experiencing a hell on Earth for one reason or another. In
this respect, death does not remove a pre-existing hellish spiritual
condition unless this condition was caused by the brain. Many people who
commit suicide are mentally ill. Because mental illness is a physical
disorder of the brain, the mental illness ends with brain death and does
not continue after death. This is true because NDEs have been reported by
blind people who have regained their sight during their NDE. Other
handicaps have reportedly been removed from experiencers upon
Religious leaders sometimes tell people that suicide is an unforgivable sin leading to eternal damnation in hell. This is
not what the NDE reveals. NDEs do describe life as being an inescapable
learning experience. Suicide prevents this learning
experience from being completed. Experiencers describe hell as being a
temporary spiritual condition rather than a permanent place of torture.
Dr. George Ritchie, author of Return
From Tomorrow and My
Life After Dying, learned during his NDE what happens
to some people who commit suicide. According to Ritchie, the quality of
life a person initially finds after suicide is influenced by their motive
for committing it. He classifies suicide in the following three ways.
Classifications of Suicide
The first classification includes those who kill
themselves in order to hurt someone, get revenge, or who kill
themselves out of hatred for someone else. According to Ritchie, these
people haunt the living by being aware of every horrible
consequence their suicide had on others.
The second classification includes those who, because of
mental illness, confusion, or a terminal illness, take their own life.
Ritchie states these people are allowed many opportunities from God to
grow in love just as any other person would who had not committed
suicide. In other words, there are no negative consequences for them.
The third classification includes those who kill
themselves from drug, alcohol, or any other addiction. According to
Ritchie, these people can become stuck in limbo trying in
vain to satisfy their addiction until eventually something frees them.
This condition is often called an earthbound condition.
George Ritchie's NDE
involving Suicide Classification 1
Dr. George Ritchie
described in his book Return
From Tomorrow what Jesus revealed to him concerning what happens to
some people who commit suicide for less than justifiable reasons. Here is an
In one house a younger man followed an older one from room to room.
"I'm sorry, Pa!" he kept saying. "I didn't know what it would do to Mama! I didn't
But though I could hear him clearly, it was obvious that the man he was speaking to could not.
The old man was carrying a tray into a room where an elderly woman sat in bed.
"I'm sorry, Pa," the young man said again. "I'm sorry, Mama."
Endlessly, over and over, to ears that could not hear.
Several times we paused before similar scenes. A boy trailing a teenaged girl through the corridors of a school.
"I'm sorry, Nancy!"
A middle-aged woman begging a gray-haired man to forgive her.
"What are they so sorry for, Jesus?" I pleaded. "Why do they keep talking to people who can't hear
Then from the light beside me came the thought:
"They are suicides, chained to every consequence of their
Kevin Williams's Analysis of
NDEs involving Suicide
NDEs reveal there is no condemnation from God for our
actions. The problem many suicides face after death is difficulty in forgiving themselves for the horror they
have put family and friends through by taking
their own life. One remedy for helping a suicide cope with this
predicament comes from the Tibetan Book of the
Dead, an ancient Buddhist
book of the afterlife. The Book of the Dead is one of the oldest books on Earth
documenting NDEs. In my view, this source should be given great
respect. The Book of the Dead mentions people who succeeded in committing
suicide and who became imprisoned in the experience of their suicide.
Accordingly, they can be freed from this condition through the prayers of
the living and by them imagining streams of light pouring on them. Such
actions free the person from the pain and confusion of their suicide. The
Book of the Dead also mentions that people have no choice but to follow any
negative karma resulting from their suicide.
NDEs report people choosing their own destiny in life
before they are born. While this may be true, it may also be true that we
change this destiny by committing suicide. This is assuming nobody is
predestined to commit suicide. NDEs reveal a perfect universal plan being
worked out by God. Perhaps this perfect plan is not thwarted by suicide.
There is no reason to believe it is. But if a person cuts short their
destined time for life because they have problems coping with life's
demands, their problems may not
necessarily go away. Their problems may also be complicated by the added
burden of their knowing the full horrible consequences of their action on
People who are thinking of killing themselves can learn
a great deal from NDEs. Some NDEs suggest
that committing suicide may be the worse thing anyone can do because it is
rejecting God's gift of life which destroys an opportunity for
spiritual advancement. Not only that, some experiencers
the souls of those who committed suicide
existing in an earthbound condition of temporarily being slaves to every consequence of their act of suicide. Such
souls have been observed hounding and hovering around living family
members and friends trying in vain to seek forgiveness. Some of them have
been observed existing in a grayish fog and shuffling around slowly with
their heads down. Perhaps these earthbound souls become freed from this
condition when their natural destined time for death occurs. Nevertheless,
condition is only temporary. Some experiencers have also observed
such souls being helped in the afterlife.
Sandra Rogers' NDE is a good example of what can
happen when a person unjustifiably cuts short their life. After she
attempted to commit suicide, she was given only two choices by the Being of Light.
One choice involved being revived and living out the rest of her days.
(This was the choice she chose.) The other choice involved remaining in
the light with the condition of having to reincarnate at a future time to
re-experience everything that led her to commit suicide in the first
place. Sandra's NDE demonstrates that people must overcome their problems
in this life or else face them again in a future life. In Sandra's case,
committing suicide did not solve anything. If we delay dealing with these
problems by committing suicide, we may only compound them. Perhaps the
greatest enemy we face is ourselves. Our problems may never go away unless
we conquer them. NDEs reveal people carrying their
non-physical problems with them after death. Perhaps one of the reasons we are born
into this world is to overcome such problems. If we don't overcome them, we
may have to reincarnate until we do.
Another interesting NDE resulting from
a suicide attempt was that of Angie Fenimore. After
committing suicide, Angie found herself in a
hellish realm of psychic disconnection and torment. The anguish she
experienced within herself in life had manifested itself in the spirit
after death. A Being of Light, whom she identified as God, asked her,
"Is this what you really want?"
Angie realized that none of the other
suicides in this hellish condition were aware of God's presence. God told
her, "Don't you know that this is the worst thing you could have
She realized then she had thrown in the towel and
because of it, she had cut herself off from God and from his guidance. She
felt trapped. She told God, "But my life is so hard."
reply was, "You think that was hard? It is nothing compared to what
awaits you if you take your life. Life's supposed to be hard. You can't
skip over parts. We have all done it. You must earn what you
Angie's NDE gives us a unique insight into
unjustifiable suicide. It suggests that one of life's purposes is to
grow through suffering. It validates the truthfulness of the phase,
"No pain. No gain."
This principle is also found in the Bible
where it describes how suffering creates character, wisdom, perseverance and strengthening of faith.
NDEs reveal the fact that everyone has a
destiny to fulfill and a "mission" to complete. Part of this
destiny may include suffering for the purpose of learning and growing. It
probably also includes learning from past-life mistakes, paying back
karmic debts and receiving karmic rewards. The fact that experiencers are often
told their time for death has not yet come, suggests our time of
death is predetermined. Suicide can possibly prevent a person's mission
from being fulfilled. Sandra Rogers' NDE suggests the remedy for this is
Many people commit suicide due to a mental illness. One
of life's lessons may be to learn how to cope with depression and overcome
it. An overwhelming desire to commit suicide is one of the biggest
indicators of clinical depression. There are many medications available on
the market that can reverse clinical depression. If a person is thinking
of committing suicide because of depression, seeking medical help may be
one of the smartest decisions of their life. Nevertheless, NDEs,
as Dr. George Ritchie, indicate that mentally ill people who commit suicide
are given the same opportunities after death as those who do not.
"While the person who commits suicide dies only once, the loved ones left behind
often die a thousand deaths wondering why." -
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