Aneurysm Survivor Inspires Readers in New Memoir

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Author Buffy Trimbach McCrary shares experiences of being in a coma.

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From Hollywood’s dozens of films portraying comas, many people have a romanticized idea of what happens when a person goes into a coma. Of the 69 movies tagged with the word coma on Listal, movie watchers could choose from movies about zombies, mutants, superheroes, romance and revenge. But as Buffy Trimbach McCrary shows in her new book “Why Did She Have to Die?: God Sent Me the Answers” (published by WestBow Press), coma patients can come away from the experience having learned important, real-world lessons.

After suffering a traumatic brain aneurysm in 1998, McCrary was left in a coma for three days. “Why Did She Have to Die?” describes the experiences – the near-death experience – she recalls while she was actually in the coma recovering from the medical scare.

“I was in heaven,” she explains. “During these three days I got to swing my twins who died in 1991 on a swing set in the most beautiful, peaceful park ever. I also visited my brother, who was murdered in 1993 and he looked wonderful. Best of all, I was in the presence of God. I was filled with love.”

McCrary, a devoted Christian, credits her faith in God and her knowledge of Heaven as allowing her to survive an incident that may have, as she says, otherwise destroyed her. In 2006, McCrary’s 18-month-old daughter died. She found strength to go on after this painful loss because she was able to recall the feelings she had while in the coma. “God also sent me many signs that he needed McKay, and she was fine in heaven with him.”

Although she wants readers to accept that death is inevitable, she also wants to assure them that there is life after death. “I have been there,” she says, and she hopes her recollection of that experience “…helps to uplift and inspire readers to feel good about themselves and their lives.”

McCrary was bullied as a child in school and she describes the detrimental effect bullying has on a person. “I am happy bullying is being taken seriously today. God created this world for all of us and our goal should be to build each other up, not tear each other down.”

About the Author
Buffy Trimbach McCrary and her husband of 20 years are the parents of 12 children, nine of whom are on Earth and three who reside in heaven. McCrary, her husband and their children live in Payson, Arizona.

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