When slipping into a “Near Heaven” experience, this is what I wanted to share with my loved ones…

As terrifying as the experience of being kidnapped was, it was also one of the most profound experiences of my life. I will share more about the miracles that I experienced firsthand and the many lessons that I learned later. For now, I will say that I’m deeply grateful that God was with me during this entire ordeal. When I was kidnapped, I had what we call a near death experience. I prefer the term “near heaven experience” because it’s much more fitting. As I was slipping into this beautiful place, I remember thinking that my family would be devastated when then they found out how I died. If they only knew that I was okay, I was truly okay. If I had died, I would have remained in this amazingly wonderful place that is filled with love and peace that can’t be compared to anything in this life. Since I didn’t die, I was able to come back home to my loved ones. Either way, there was something wonderful on the other side of the pain. (Through the Fire) I feared that my loved ones would replay my violent death in their minds over and over. They would imagine how I must have felt and what I looked like at the time of death. They would picture me in pain, sad and alone… and they would have been so wrong.  What I was actually experiencing was nothing like what you might imagine based on what my physical body looked like. Initially, I was terrified and in excruciating pain… but then, like a bolt of lightning, the pain vanished and was replaced with super charged loving comfort. There was no more fear, no more pain, and I wasn’t alone. I was experiencing an unimaginable degree of peace, love, and joy, even though my physically body was failing. I wasn’t suffering any more. I actually felt better than I ever have in my entire life.  If my loved ones had a sense of where I truly was, they wouldn’t be sad for me at all. They would be happy because it is THAT amazing. If you have lost a loved one tragically, I can tell you that the experience for them is not at all what you might imagine. There’s something beautiful on the other side of the pain and suffering! Once through the fire there is no pain.

I remember thinking that I wished I could tell my family what my death was really like from my perspective and to let them know that I was in a really good place. Since I have been given the opportunity to live a little longer, I hope to be the voice for those who have passed. I believe that people who have died tragically would also want their loved ones to know that they are in an amazing place filled with love and joy. There is no pain and sadness and they are not alone. They would want their loved ones to think of happy memories they shared together. They wouldn’t want the tragedy to be replayed over and over in the minds of their loved ones. They would want them to live every day to the fullest with love and purpose.

Yes, we are fully confident that we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8

I hope that as I share my story, that I can help people who may be stuck “in the fire” to find peace and happiness. Please follow and share. If you have any questions or comments that you would like to share with me, visit my contact page and leave me a message. I would love to hear from you. Thanks!




  1. ForgivingConnects

    Oh my God, Katherine. This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your inner journey into peace. I’m touched and don’t quite have the right words. ❤ Blessings – Debbie

  2. Carlos Salazar

    Beautiful, Inspiring and Insightful Words. Thank you for sharing. i am sure your words will bring comfort and support to those that may have gone, or are going through something similar. thank you for having the courage to share. you are a beautiful and loving soul. With Gratitude, Carlos

  3. Jim

    This is a great perspective on selflessness you are sharing. Having your attention on others as a first thought is remarkable and admirable.
    I look forward to your sharing.

  4. adventuresofabusymomcom

    wow! I can’t wait to read more!

  5. What a strong godly woman you have become with an incredible testimony which encourages others as they travel through the trials of life! It is an honor it is to have you following my blog. I look forward to reading more of your inspirational posts, ❤ Blessings back,

    • throughthefire1

      Good morning! What a nice message to wake up to! Thank you for following my blog. I also look forward to your posts. 🙂

  6. JoAnna

    My sister was killed shortly after a car accident when she was 16. This helps a lot. Thanks.

    • throughthefire1

      I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m glad that my story could bring you peace. Thank you for sharing.💕

      • JoAnna

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