McNeil was diagnosed with diffuse axonal injury in which many of the connections of the brain were severed. She said less than 3 percent of such patients make meaningful recoveries ...
[But] while her family and community and community prayed for a bedside miracle, the comatose McNeil was on an otherworldly journey. McNeil said she remembers leaving her body, gliding over brightly lit clouds into a brightly lit place where she encountered her Uncle Joe, her father's brother, who had died several years before.
"I asked Joe if this was heaven," McNeil explains in her book Heaven Exists. "He said yes. I asked if I could go back because I did not want to leave my life yet. I had so much more left I want to do."
Communicating telepathically, she said, Uncle Joe ultimately told her she could return to her body. He promised she would recover but told her it would take a long time.
"I had been to heaven and now I would have a glimpse of what hell is -- waking up to find myself totally debilitated in a hospital, unable to eat, walk or function in any real sense," she wrote.McNeil returned to her body, but she had a long period of recovery ahead of her.
One aspect of her story that I found interesting was that she asked if she could return to her body. In many of the NDE accounts I have read, the NDErs were content to stay in the spiritual realm. Some didn't want to return but were told it was not their time yet (or something to that effect). McNeil wanted to return to her physical body though. When I thought about her story some more, I wondered if others may have asked to return to their physical bodies but were denied their request. Could a situation like that possibly result in an 'intelligent haunting' (the type of haunting where the ghost seems to be aware of what's going on around it)? Intelligent hauntings are commonly thought to be the ghost of a dead person. If true, could these ghosts be haunting a location because they were denied a request to return to their physical body? Could they have chosen to defiantly remain in a location familiar to them instead of crossing over?
I'm not claiming to know the answers to those questions, but I figured if someone could ask to return to her physical body and have her request granted, then theoretically, I figure that it may also be possible that similar requests could be denied in some instances.