Life After Death Experience – My Visit to Heaven, Hell & Purgatory

sondra 2I am the second youngest of five children. I was raised Catholic. My mom was Catholic and my dad converted after my mother passed on. In my twenties, I married Kenneth Abrahams and we had three children: Melanie, Jeffrey, and Karen. Every Sunday I went to church, but I was a pew warmer. After Vatican II, I had a bad opinion of the church. I was disappointed and disillusioned with our church. However, I was devoted to the Blessed Mother and prayed the Rosary—a devotion I learned from my mother.

Childhood

The first time Mary ever appeared to me, I was five years old. She told me that my father had been healed through her intercession. She also made a dead rose beautiful again that was in a vase near me. I realized that if you prayed to her she listened. As a child, my school was next to the Catholic Church. Every day after school, I would run across the street to the church and go see the statue of Our Lady of La Salette. I would burn a candle hoping that she would stop crying like the statue. I would then genuflect to Jesus and run out the door and go home.

Dead at 30

In January 1970, I had a hysterectomy when I was 30 years old due to cervical cancer. After the surgery, the doctors gave me medicine that was new on the market, and I had a reaction to it in the hospital. My husband came and picked me up and brought me back to our house in Houston, TX. My mother-in-law had been watching the kids. I went back to my bedroom, and I thought I was having a stroke. My mother-in-law called my husband and he came home. That was my introduction into hell in so many ways. The doctors told my husband to bring me back to the hospital immediately. I couldn’t breathe, my heart was exploding in my chest, and I had my head back trying to get air into my lungs. My husband brought me to the emergency room and the doctor didn’t know what to give me as an antidote. The doctor thought I was going to go into cardiac arrest. The doctor started doing chest compressions and suddenly I was staring down at my body watching everything happen. I heard the doctor start cursing and yelling at the nurses. He started yelling a code and saying “I’m losing her.”

An Encounter With Christ: Consuming Love

Suddenly, I was pulled through the ceiling, and I felt myself going from one dimension to another. I can’t explain it or fully describe it, but I was yanked through my body and pulled into a tunnel. I could see light and I saw angels and then souls in transit. I could see a little tiny light ahead, and I wanted to get to that light. As I got closer and closer, it got brighter and brighter and the light was Christ. I remember him putting His arms around me. He wasn’t a spirit; He was real. I was just my soul and it was dirty. I remember and could feel His love–a consuming love. It was in every pore of my being. I felt His love and compassion. Being a parent, I thought I knew love, but His love doesn’t even compare. His love consumes you and you can feel it. It is the most beautiful, unusual sensation I’ve ever had. He told me that He was going to show me things. He turned and He moved his hand. As He moved his hand, I saw a review of my life from the time I was a tiny child up until age 30. It was almost like a movie screen. I saw every time I did something good and I felt His love and joy. When I did something bad, I felt His hurt and intense pain that I caused Him. He showed me my whole life. But He never stopped loving me. His mercy is enormous. Explaining this is very hard. I came face to face with Jesus. He is a more beautiful than any picture I have ever seen. He radiates love.

Lake of Fire

Jesus asked me if I was satisfied with my life and I told him no. He said I would have more opportunities. Then he said he was going to show me something else. He showed me hell. It was horrible. It never ends. It is for all eternity. It is just horrible. You can’t ever get out. I was so distraught about the souls going into hell. The souls looked like something in your worst dreams, almost like monsters. They were cursing God and never stopped. It was like a volcano. You can’t imagine what these souls looked like. I cried out “I will pray for them!” and Jesus shook his head. He showed me a horrible man who would curse God, and he was mean, cruel and prideful. He would slam doors in people’s faces on purpose. He would see an animal and deliberately run over it on the street. The man’s friends showed him that he needed to find God. And the man said “I don’t need to find God. I am God.” The man was in a car accident and as his soul detached from his body, Our Lord appeared to him one last time and asked him two things: “Do you love me, truly love me? Are your sorry for your sins?” The man cursed Our Lord. Jesus pointed and the soul’s face went into the fire. The man did not recognize Jesus because of his pride. To this day, I don’t know who this man was. I have never forgotten this. I knew right away that I didn’t want to go to hell. The suffering is so intense there.

Purifying Fire

Then Jesus showed me purgatory. I called purgatory “the gray zone” for years because of the bleakness and grayness. There are levels, but I don’t know how many. The bottom is very dark and black. Most souls that end up there have committed very serious sins and the suffering there is intense. There are fires, but they are fires within souls cleansing them. As a soul is cleansed and purified they begin to move up to different layers of gray and up into the light. Then they are crystal clean and released into heaven. I saw my great uncle Creighton who died when I was four or five years old. He committed suicide by shooting himself. He was in the lowest level of purgatory. His soul recognized mine, and he asked me to pray for him. I heard his cry. He came another 20 years later after this experience and let me know he had been released.

We have to pray for the souls in purgatory–offer Masses, Rosaries, and sacrifices. That is how the souls move out of purgatory as they can’t pray for themselves. They can pray for us, but they can’t pray for themselves. It’s us who need to pray for them. There are billions of souls in purgatory. Not one soul knows that there is another soul around them. They are completely isolated. They know why they are there. They can’t take comfort in other people. There is no sense of time. There are no clocks.

Heaven

After I saw the bottom level of purgatory, Jesus showed me heaven. The souls in heaven are radiant. I never saw anyone’s feet. They moved around and the smells were out of this world. The music was beautiful–thousands of voices praying to God. I met my mother’s mother who died many years before I was born. She thanked me for naming my oldest daughter after her. She gave me a personal message to give to my mother. She told me to remember to pray the Rosary. She looked like she was 30 years old. Then the Blessed Mother appread with St. Michael. The Blessed Mother is gorgeous. When She speaks it’s like little tiny bells chiming. It’s so hard to explain. She told me all the times I prayed to her she had heard every prayer. All prayers are heard. St. Michael was something else. I remember thinking that I wanted to be on his side! I saw prayers of people carried back and forth to heaven by the angels. The reason why we don’t get what we pray for sometimes is that something we ask for may not be for the good of our soul. Jesus is looking at things for the good of our soul. I saw Padre Pio. I also saw another saint who looked like a nun, but I have no idea who she was.

Things to Come

I asked Jesus about His beating on the cross. He said that people today are putting more scars and wounds on His body. He showed me things that were to come. He showed me abortions. I saw billions of bloody torn bodies. Jesus started to cry. He said “You see, this is what mankind thinks of my Father’s gift of life. They destroy it.” I didn’t understand at the time, but he said I would later on. After that he showed me euthanasia and said many would die in hospitals and nursing homes. Then he showed me clear tanks with babies in them that all looked alike and they were attached to umbilical cords, but there were no wombs. Their eyes were blank. Jesus said “Man will try to create life and they will destroy many. They cannot create life because only My Father can create and destroy life. Only He can put the soul into the body.” I was shown that at the time of conception the soul enters the body. A guardian angel is assigned to that soul at conception.  A baby that has Down’s Syndrome or another disability is not a mistake. They are here on a mission to show us compassion and love. Jesus said “My father makes no mistakes. He knows every creation He has made.” Jesus put his arms around me and kissed me on the forehead and touched me where my heart was and said “You will remember everything I have told you. The day will come in the future that you will speak on these things and tell my people and you will bring back my lost sheep.”

Back to Life

I looked down and saw the filth of my soul. I told Jesus I loved Him and I was slammed back into my body. I opened my eyes and the doctor was looking at me. It took me two weeks to talk to the doctor and ask him what happened in the emergency room. I told the doctor how his cursing was wrong. He told me that I had died, and he didn’t think he was going to get me back. I only died for about two minutes.

When Roe vs. Wade came out three years later after my death experience, I knew we were going to have to fight for the babies. I have been giving talks all over the United States and Canada about my experience to wake people up and bring them back to God. We are in a crisis. This is not the end of the world. This is an end of the times as we know it. God is renewing the world.

Souls in Purgatory

After my death experience, souls came to me to ask for prayers. I didn’t always know who I was praying for. One night a soul came to me and asked me to pray for him because the prayers people were saying for him had stopped. His name was Victor. I announced on a TV show I was interviewed on that whoever is related to Victor needs to keep on praying for him. I later got a call from two sisters in New York, and they said it was their dad. The day I had been on TV was the day of the anniversary of his death. They had stopped praying for him. They started praying for him again and later found out that he had eventually been released from purgatory.

Redemptive Suffering

Anytime you do something out of love without any idea of getting anything back, this shortens your time in purgatory. Suffer with grace and don’t complain–this shortens your time. Offer it up for those souls who don’t know God. Many people who have cancer and offer up their suffering don’t spend much time in purgatory. Many children with cancer are the ones who are the best at offering up their suffering. They have a special place in heaven. The Blessed Mother and the child’s guardian angel always come for them.

Purgatory and the afterlife should be emphasized by our priests. We need to pray for the souls there. Our priests need to talk about hell and purgatory because they are real. 99% of people will go to purgatory–but there are levels. Our young people are into so much trouble with drugs and alcohol. We are given free will and God will never interfere with our free will. We don’t hear many priests or people speaking about heaven, hell and purgatory. What are we afraid of? Priests don’t realize how they are going to be judged as the leaders of the people. If they only knew the responsibility they have as shepherds and all the gifts and graces they have been given. Many of them are not using these gifts. I have had many seminarians calling me with questions about the afterlife because many seminaries are not teaching about the afterlife.

God’s mercy and His love are immense. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is beautiful. God is always showing us His mercy. He asks so little of us. Let us pray that we return His love with our prayers and acts of mercy so that one day we may be united with Him in heaven.

  • Robin Thompson

    i have heard purgatory before after a family member died amen

    • elizabeth

      theres no pergatory, there is an (optional) life review and a formal decision, a hearing before council of angels as to whether you will continue on to heaven or are to return to your body and life

  • elizabeth

    I ALSO DIED TWICE AND ONLY SAW HEAVEN, THERES NO PURGATORY, JUST GOD, ANGELS, AND SOULS INSIDE PERFECTED BODIES.ANYTHING ELSE IS DARKNESS. IT FEELS LIKE IT TAKES 1 1/2 DAYS TO GET THERE BUT COULD BE SEVERAL MINUTES IN OUR TIME AND THE DIMENSION IS NOT THAT FAR. BUT I DID NOT REQUIRE A LIFE REVIEW. ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN AT LEVEL 7. LEVELS FROM 7 TO 13, THATS THE HIGHEST LEVEL.I DID NOT SEE ANCESTORS BUT SAW A “WELCOMING COMMITEE” OF SIDE BY SIDE PERFECTED PEOPLE,SHORT AND TALL, VERY FIT, AGED AROUND 28-32, WEARING CLOTHES, NOT WHITE ROBES. GODS ENERGY, LOVE,GLISTENING LIGHT GOLDEN LIGHT ENGULFS YOU, HE DOESNT HUG YOU WITH ARMS. TWO LONG CORDS OF LIGHT COME OUT OF GOD AND ATTACH TO FOREHEAD AND CHEST OVER HEART. THOSE CORDS PULL YOU IN AIR THROUGH A SHORT MEDIUM COLORED BROWN WOODEN RECTANGULAR TUNNEL, BETWEEN TWO LONG ROWS OF SIDE BY SIDE TALL EVERGREEN TREES. AT END IS A ROUND OPENING AND YOU FLY OUT INTO OUTER SPACE INSIDE A WORMHOLE, FASTER THAN SPEED OF LIGHT, FASTER THAN A ROLLER COASTER. THAT PART I DIDN’T LIKE. YOU TRAVEL WITH 2 FEMALE AND 1 MALE ANGELS GUIDING YOU, TO HEAVEN, BEHIND BOTH SHOULDERS AND YOU AND THEY HAVE MENTAL TELEPATHY–NO MOUTH SPEECH. I HAD A FULL TWO-WAY CONVERSATION WITH THEM, MIND TO MIND. THEY TOLD ME A LOT ABOUT HEAVEN, THEY SAID OUR PETS ARE IN HEAVEN, PERFECTED TOO.THEY LET ME PARTICIPATE IN DECISION TO RETURN ME TO MY BODY AND LIFE. I WAS SLOWLY RETURNED THROUGH SPACE BUT FACED BACKWARDS, AND GOD GENTLY PLACED ME BACK INTO MY BODY AND THEN GOD KISSED MY LIPS AND PUFFED A BREATH OF LIFE DOWN MY THROAT THAT STARTED ME BREATHING AND RECONNECTED MY LIFE FORCE TO MY EARTH BODY. I ALSO RECEIVED A MIRACULOUS HEALING WITHIN TWO DAYS, DISAPPEARANCE OF ALL STAB WOUNDS, AND I HAVE NO MEMORY TO THIS DAY OF THE ACTUAL ASSAULT BECAUSE GOD TOOK ME OUT OF MY BODY MOMENTS BEFORE THE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE STARTED! PROTECTIVE MERCIFUL GOD! I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE RAPED AND KILLED LAYING IN AN ALLEY, ABDUCTED. ASKED GOD WHY I HAD TO DIE ON SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAY, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, AT NOON, AND MY LAST THOUGHTS WERE HOW MUCH I LOVED THE BLUE SKY, FLUFFY WHITE CLOUDS, ALL OF NATURE, LOVED MY BABY, FAMILY, EARTH. I GAZED UP AT THE SKY AND MY SOUL/SELF/BEING LEFT MY BODY FOR IMMEDIATE MEETING WITH GOD.

  • AmericanTopTeam

    Excellent article. God is Great. Blessings to ALL Mankind.

  • Benjamin Bielmyer

    Hell is eternal and so is heaven there is no in between.

    • If there is no in between then why do the Jews pray for the departed in the Book of Maccabees

      • Sherry McKinley

        They are actually praying that the souls of the dead may be saved from hell, which we know now is to go to
        Purgatory and/or Heaven.

      • janiepanie56

        Jews don’t believe in that Jesus is the son of God and our Savior. So why do you put your faith in what they believe?

    • Trustnfaith

      You don’t know anything about the afterlife for certain I am so sick of the religious dogma. I am beginning to change my beliefs about what happens to people after they die I have read many nde experiences and they are contrary to what is taught. not that I am justifying suicide but my daughter was the sweetest person on earth and she was given a bad pharmaceutical drug and it caused her commit suicide. So I don’t want to hear you or anybody else say she is in hell. Jesus died for her and knows it is not her fault. I’m really tired of organize religion. The only people that know what is an the afterlife are God and the people that have been there.

      • Perrier

        Pray for your daughter, and many of us who read this will as well. I am so sorry for your loss…as a mother, I cannot fathom the pain of losing a child. Will pray for you as well.

        • Sherry McKinley

          God is merciful and understands that when someone commits suicide while under mental distress, or as in your daughter’s case as the side-effect of a medication, that they are not in their right mind and does not consider them fully culpable for taking their own life. The Church does not preach that everyone who commits suicide will automatically go to hell. It is up to Jesus’ merciful judgment. I am sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your daughter.

        • Trustnfaith

          Thank you so much. My heart is ripped out of me every day. This is the worst grief I’ve ever been through in my life my daughter and I were very very close.

      • Vaporlass

        King Saul committed suicide and he was buried with his fathers. You do not go to hell for suicide but few will tell you that In fear that others may think it’s a solution. There are many ways to be sick, thinking that everything is so hopeless is a form of sickness – NOT unforgivable evil.
        I’m just amazed by how many people believe in Hell … there is a hell you go to when you lose a loved one, a hell you can go to in depression, anger and sorrow but God is Love and he doesn’t condemn you to hell. His mercy and forgiveness is far greater, higher and pure than man’s mercy. Man is hard, God is our help, our comforter, our savior –
        Evil people are made evil by pain and hurt from people in their lives. They need love.
        So many think you can FEAR someone into being good but it’s Love that purifies people and encourages them to seek God. Fear only works “temporarily.”
        Fear is the tool of MAN not God. Study your history – study biblical history – look up those words in Hebrew and Greek and you will find the truth. Hell is an invention of man. Jesus went to hell for 3 days – it’s the grave – the Sheol – the purifying place EVERY soul -goes to before they go to Heaven. You can imagine it’s a fire, it does purify you but not in the way some preachers describe to cause fear in you.
        Seek God personally – everything you need is written on your heart, within you. You don’t need a preacher to find God, He lives within you. Stop being lazy and do your own seeking if you really want to save your soul. God is a genius, the almighty, the greatest love you will ever experience. I’ve been in His presence.

        • Jason Mckenzie

          Yet Revelation 14:11 says ” and the smoke of their torment ascends forever”. What parts of the words ‘torment’ and ‘forever’ do you have trouble understanding?..
          Typical Christians, I mean ‘Paulstians’ as 82% of New Test. was written by him, not Jesus..
          None of you guys can agree with what Paul meant, even though he never met Jesus and Jesus’s Apostles never liked/believed Paul, you still argue over what Jesus never said..
          Seek God personally, He lives within you?. Doesn’t that lead to billions of different opinions of what constitutes God?. You are saying that you have the answers, but no-one else does.
          All other beliefs/religions/denominations are wrong, because YOU say they are?.
          I know what sheol/gehenna meant on earth, it was the closest thing the prophets had to describe hell, doesn’t mean the place doesn’t exist!. Be nice if it doesn’t for a lot of us struggling humans, no consequence for being an asshole?.
          I may have done some bad deeds, yet nothing like Hitler. Yet according to your theory of ignoring Rev. 14:11.. I deserve torment for not believing what you do..
          Plenty of evil people who’ve had evil done to them, who don’t become evil themselves, likewise people who’ve had normal upbringings who go on to do unspeakable acts..
          Newsflash: All you have is personal belief, coloured by what others have told you and your own brains understanding

        • Trustnfaith

          I guess I have trouble dismissing the near-death experiences of people who have said they went to hell and then heaven.. and then the story of the rich man and Lazarus When he begged him for a drop of water am I supposed to just dismiss those as just stories? but even if such a place that exists someone like my daughter doesn’t belong there she was filled with light a lovely person who was made Sick by stupid anti-psychotic drugs. Stupid psychiatrist giving her that rotten drug Risperdal. She would have never done this and God knows that and in the end she said she had been praying again she said I feel trapped in my body I don’t want to be in this reality anymore her mind was damaged from the drug and it was not working properly she wanted Peace and Freedom. the Lord took her into his loving arms. She belongs to him she is a lamb and not a goat her name is Rachel and that means lamb. Yes God’s Mercy is far above hours and his compassion and love is beyond our understanding and Jesus died for her. She loved him most of her life. It was the church who pitted her against religion and Christianity. I don’t like the organized church either so many people judging people instead of loving.

      • Domiqe

        Hi, few years ago I wanted to commit suicide, but I didn’t have a strength, so I prayed to die. After months, I had experience in dream, which was more real then life. I found myself in large hall, all grey-white and there were lots of people. I felt good and relaxed being there. I began to notice that people didn’t have bodies, no nose, no eyes, no front, no back, but strangely, I could recognize them. Then I noticed I could communicate telepathically with people in the room, but they were kind of frozen waiting for something. Everyone was waiting. It took me years to figure that this was purgatory and this is where I would end up, if I did commit suicide. I recognized some people in the room and I was happy to see them, like I saw old friends, but I was not allowed to remember who I saw there. Now I prey for those people.
        Don’t worry about your daughter, she is happy, but prey for her so she doesn’t have to wait long. Believe me, we have this short chance to do something good on earth and life after earth is beyond our imagination. Maybe this is why sometimes it is so hard to acknowledge it.

        • Trustnfaith

          I just have to say that because you had this experience doesn’t mean it’s this way for everyone. God loves us all the same but he treats people in different ways many times. My daughter sent a message through a woman plus the women got the message from God that my daughter was an immense Joy and filled with love and no pain. One thing I don’t like is if one person has an experience and says this is how it’s going to be for everybody. Jesus died for us to take away our sins. He purges us from our sins the moment we accept him and my daughter lived for him most of her life he’s not going to take his gift of Salvation away or take it back, it is a gift. I’ve never really believed in purgatory. There are levels and vibrations of Heaven I was told. And I was shown that my daughter was in the light with God. I have prayed and prayed and prayed. People have different reasons for committing suicide. There was once a man who had a near-death experience and saw people in heaven who had committed suicide and he was shown that those people were not in their right mind when they did this. I believe firmly that if my daughter would not have been on the anti-psychotic drug that that psychiatrist put her on she would still be here. It messed her up and damaged her and she was trying to get off of it and most people who commit suicide on this drug is when they are trying to get off. People die of heart disease and they die of diabetes and they also can die of mental illness. She was suffering so much the Lord took her home to himself.

          • Domiqe

            I am sure you are right. I didn’t get to see a lot and I didn’t get chance to understand how everything “works”, but I just wanted to say that there is a lot more then we know, so you can be calm.

          • Trustnfaith

            Thank you ❤

  • Pulkit Singh

    To be honest you can fool people who had never experienced near death case I attempted suicide in 2015 30 December and I wake up next day at somewhere around 2:30 at night I don’t remember anything what happened to me in those hours when I wake up I was shocked to see myself lying in hospital I don’t remember how my family struggle to take me to hospital even doctors had said that I am dead but I wake up at night I don’t see anything nothing at all+ I even forget that why I attempted suicide and for a sec I don’t even know that I attempted suicide I thought I was sleeping and wake up as a normal guy

  • Arabinda Kumar Dhar

    There have no internet, no electricity in Heaven.

  • Living Ghost Andheri ka sahens

    i have seen jannat with Allah’s grace it is beautiful place damp beautiful may Allah grant everyone of us Jannatul Firdaus Aameen.
    some people see it in salat namaz i am one of them.

  • d. k.

    Incredible testimony! I live in Poland in Kraków, used to life in La Salette missionaries parish and sometimes see them in the sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, Kraków. My life went very wrong including divorce but I still
    look forward to meet Jesus. Be God with all of us.

  • d. k.

    Maria Simma had very similar visions of hell, heaven but mainly purgatory

  • Real fellow Christian

    Get it right there is only one way to the Father and that through the Son…not a blessed mother. Purgatory is non-sense. Christ died for our sins to think people can pray us out or up to heaven is like saying thanks for half the crusifiction we will take care of the other half praying for the non-believers and just by-pass the whole dying for our sins bit. No wonder so many churches identify catholic religion as a cult.

    • janiepanie56

      I agree!

  • Kathy Cress

    Read a Susan Tassone book. Prayers for the dead clearly implies there is a purgatory of some kind. Bible references include I Corinth 3:15, 1 Peter 1:7, Matt 12:32 and finally 2 Macabee12:45 (the catholic bible includes some books the protestants don’t have). I believe and have been going to cemeteries for more than 10 years between Nov 1-8 to pray for the full pardon for souls from purgatory into heaven.

    • janiepanie56

      There’s no second chances after death! Your desires are not of the Bible. Read it and stop telling people stories

      • Kathy Cress

        It is clear you do not understand what purgatory is or does. Purgatory is not a second chance, it is a purifying of the soul to make it ready to be with God. Ending up with God is already assured. This is the clean up of the soul before the meeting with God.

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