When Peter Baldwin Panagore died on the side of a mountain, his life
was forever changed. Decades later, the intense spiritual journey
continues, with a story that combines the thrills of a wilderness
adventure with the awe-inspiring elements of a paranormal novel.
March of 1980, college senior Peter Panagore went ice climbing on the
world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Ice Fields Parkway in
Alberta, Canada. His climbing partner was an experienced ice climber,
but Panagore was a novice. On their descent, they became trapped on the
side of the mountain. As the sun set, he was overcome by exhaustion and
hypothermia. He died on the side of that mountain. And in those minutes
on the other side, he experienced hell, forgiveness, and unconditional
love. Heaven was beautiful.
Panagore's death experience changed
his life and resulted in an intense spiritual journey that has continued
for decades. It impelled him to pursue a master's degree at Yale
Divinity School, focusing on systematic theology and Christian
mysticism. His educational background coupled with 30 years of
meditative practice and 20 years of professional work with the dying and
grieving has given him unique insight, language, and perspective on
heaven, God, death, life, love, beauty, and hope.