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Aftermath: Startling Differences Between Adult and Child Experiencers
This is Part 2 of a 2 Part set
P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D.

In 1994, Atwater went back and redid all her work with child experiencers. Although she had studied many, she was uncomfortable with the prevailing notion that kid's cases were just about the same as adults. What she found is contained in the book "Children Of The New Millennium," a major study of children's near-death states and the new Millennial Generation (due out Spring 1999 from Three Rivers Press in New York City). Children's episodes follow the same four type pattern as adults, described in her book "Beyond the Light." Most kids have the Initial or Simple Experience (76%) and most of their "deaths" come from drowning, suffocation, and surgery. but when the aftermath is studies, their response to what happened to them can be just the opposite as that of adults, sometimes radically different. Children do not have history, a reality system in which they can make sense of that occurred or integrate it properly. Focusing on their stories, "out-of-the-mouth-of-babes": kind of thing, distorts their truth and missed altogether their true voice and very different perceptions. This talk contrasts kids' cases with those of adults. A child of any age can have a NDE, and that includes pre-birth, during delivery, and immediately after. Once they are verbal, what they tell their parents about that happened to them is often surprising and sometimes embarrassingly accurate in its detail. But dealing with it, coping with the loss of their "real home" once the episode ends, can be painful. Where attempted suicides for adult experiencers afterward is less than 4%, with kids it is 21%-over a third of Atwater's research base of 277 child experiencers were having serious problems with alcohol within five to ten years. Various differences are discussed: children can hardly wait to go to church afterward and often drag their parents with them; adult experiencers, the vast majority, leave the traditional church experience to pursue mystical states and a more spiritual approach. Kids are drawn to math and science after, adults turn away; kids later form lasting marriages, adults seldom do; kids tend to close down, become loners, unsocial, while adults tend to loosen up, become more friendly and open.

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