New NDE Series: ‘What It’s Like To Die’

New NDE Series: ‘What It’s Like To Die’

Apr 26

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‘What It’s Like To Die’ Website

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COLLINSVILLE MAN PRODUCES SHOW ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH
By Ramona C. Sanders
stltoday.com
April 26, 2013

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Collinsville radio producer and announcer Ryan Wiggins is on a quest to answer the age-old question: What is it like to die?

Wiggins isn’t trying to answer that question from first-hand experience. He’s on a mission to identify people who have experienced death and came back to life. And he’s producing a show called “What It’s Like To Die,” to capture those experiences.

“It’s about people who have died and claimed to have experienced something in terms of afterlife — heaven or hell or just some amazing experience,” Wiggins said. “I have never had a death experience but I light up when I hear about them. When I see the look on peoples’ faces, I see that I’m not alone in thinking that they’re something special. So I want to share them with more people.”

Unlike most television productions, which involve a pilot that is sold to a TV network that finances the entire series, Wiggins is producing — and financing — eight half-hour shows himself. Wiggins has a budget of about $1,500 per episode and he has a website where visitors can make donations to help cover the cost. He said he hopes a cable network like A&E or The History Channel picks up the series, which he expects to have complete in 2015.

“Instead of letting the network have control over it, I’m making it myself and releasing it into syndication,” Wiggins said. “My background is in TV and I’ve got some pretty good contacts. I think this is the forefront of what is going to happen is making shows outside of Hollywood, L.A. and New York. This is something that is going to be happening much more regularly, so why not from Collinsville?”

Wiggins, who is a member of Trailhead Church in Edwardsville, said learning about the afterlife was prompted by his own spiritual journey.

“I think first that I’m a Christian and I feel like if I believe these things, they should shed more light on what I already believe,” he said. “But also, I have cystic fibrosis and I’ve been told my whole life that I would not live as long as everyone else. I’ve been healthy but having that in the back your head your whole life, it’s almost programmed that I’ve had to think more about death.”

Wiggins, 31, said he he found that for some people, their afterlife experiences strengthened their religious faith and for others, it seemed to put a distance between what they believed and what they experienced.

For Granite City resident Bill Knapp, coming back to life after watching his body die following a car crash 22 years ago, made him feel like what happens after death is beyond human comprehension. Knapp was with two friends after a late night of drinking and partying when their car crashed into a moving train. Knapp said he watched as he and his two friends lay mangled in the wreck. He said he heard a voice giving him a choice to stay and it seemed like only seconds later he woke up in a hospital. Knapp, who is a brick and stone mason by trade, said his family told him he was declared brain-dead and was on a respirator for seven days before waking up.

Knapp, 55, said he grew up in the Pentecostal faith but no longer considers himself religious.

“I can see and understand so much more than I could before, your understanding is so far advanced,” Knapp said. “I’ve got nothing against religion, but once you’ve been through what I’ve been through, it’s just not for me. I believe there is no end, there cannot be an end to life. Life as we know it will end, but that will be just the beginning.”

For St. Louis resident John L. Summers, having a life after death experienced brought him back to his faith. Summers, who is pastor of Brooklyn Christian Faith Center, said coming back to life after having a heart attack in 1998 made him feel reborn about being what he described as “spiritually burned out” following a decade of missionary work in South Africa.

Summers, said he watched his body fall out of the bathtub in which he was bathing following his heart attack. And from that out-of-body position, he felt a sense of “foreboding and fear,” followed by sensation of relaxation, peace and love.

“There was no fear, no foreboding,” he said. “It was radiating with love, peace and the presence of what I felt I knew inwardly was heaven and where I had been was hell,” he said. “The contrast was so profound that not a day has passed that I don’t think about it. It is now with such joy that I involve myself in doing what I once did before. It was a spiritual call.”

Wiggins said those are the kind of stories that everyone can relate to because we all wonder what happens to us after we die.

“Some people get afraid by it, some people are intrigued by it and some people really grow from it,” he said. “I think people in general are intrigued by this, there is an inherent interest from everybody.”

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