In 2018, Dr. Peter Cummings was a husband, father and board-certified neuropathologist who spent his days teaching neuroanatomy and neurobiology at a prestigious medical school in Boston. As an atheist, thoughts of God and spirit rarely crossed his mind.
Then he and his family went on a whitewater rafting trip in Costa Rica, where Peter fell into a Class IV rapid and drowned. But during the eight minutes his Apple Watch showed him to be in cardiac arrest, he had an extraordinary experience of peace, light, and love, watching from above as his wife and son were rescued from the rapids, events that were later verified. Dr. Cummings returned from his near- death experience with an altered experience of time, living in a perpetual present with no sense of past or future and set out to discover the truth about what he had seen and felt. Was it real, or a trick of his dying brain? What he found contradicted everything his training as a brain scientist had taught him and left him convinced that the mind, the afterlife, and yes, even God, are real. His upcoming book Forever Now is the surprising, scientifically rigorous, deeply moving story of his quest for understanding.
Peter Cummings, MD is a triple board certified physician specializing in neuropathology and forensic pathology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in Orono and a masters degree in pathology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin Ireland, graduating medical school with honors. He completed his residency in anatomic pathology and his fellowship in neuropathology at the University of Virginia. He is an award winning educator and best selling author. He has been accepted as a medical expert in the courts of 27 states and 7 different countries.