Children in the Light
Several years ago, I received a letter from a mother who wanted to share with me a baffling conversation she had had with her young son. At the time it occurred, she told me, by way of introduction, that she had had only a passing familiarity with NDEs, but what happened to her that day was to lead her to want to know much more about the subject. Eventually, she read Heading toward Omega, and, that, in turn, prompted her to write me. As she explains:
The incident concerning Steven occurred when he was two years and two months old. (He is now two years and ten months old.) I was framing a picture of my grandmother and grandfather, who have been dead since before Steven was born. Steven was sitting nearby playing with a toy, and asked me what I was doing. I told him and explained that it was a picture of his grandma and grandpa, who were now dead. No one had ever discussed death with Steven before, and all of a sudden I found myself faced with doing just that, with no prior preparation. I knew he would not drop the subject because he is a talkative, verbally precocious, and very curious child.
I began by saying that they were no longer here with us and that they had gone to be with God. I was trying to think what to say next to elaborate while Steven continued playing. Before I could say more, he said in a very matter-of-fact way: "When you die, it's a tunnel."
This caught me totally off guard. I asked him to repeat it, and he did. I asked him a couple of more questions in a half-interested way (although I was intensely interested). I asked if there was anything in the tunnel. He replied that there was light in the tunnel. I asked what color the Light was, and he replied, "White." I asked if, when you die, you go through the tunnel. He answered affirmatively. I asked what you do when you come to the