Experience Description

When I came to after tonsil surgery, I felt sick and vomited blood. I was taken back to surgery. While being taken back to my room I went through a tunnel with a light at the end, and came out to a beautiful scene. I was suddenly aware of two friends who had passed recently. They were asking (beckoning) me to come over. I didn't hear voices but I heard them. I must have known what that meant because I said I couldn't come now because I had three little kids at home who needed me. One of these friends was the husband of a girlfriend. He died in an accident after 3 months of marriage. The other was in the Air Force and his plane had gone down in the English Channel. He was one of my husband's boyhood buddies. They were telling me to cross over - no sound (it was like mind reading). It was tempting, but I told them I couldn't come now because I had three kids at home. The next thing I knew I was back in my room having a blood transfusion.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: March 1948

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' It was not a serious surgery, but I hemorrhaged.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? No No

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal When I realized that I shouldn't cross over.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I realized that I shouldn't cross over.

Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I didn't hear any sound.

Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes It seemed to be a dark tunnel with light at the end.

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw two friends (recently deceased) who beckoned me to come over.

The experience included: Light

Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Coming out of the tunnel, I saw light and a beautiful scene.

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy

Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future

The experience included: Boundary

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes There seemed to be something to cross -- maybe a stream -- I seemed to realize that I shouldn't cross it.

Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I'm sure now there is an afterlife and the fear of dying is gone.

What is your religion now? Moderate Catholic

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I'm sure now there is an afterlife and the fear of dying is gone.

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin

Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:

During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I was afraid that people would not believe it.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Sometimes I sense something that is going to happen and it does.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Knowing that the serviceman was safe. His body was not recovered.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my husband about his friend (they never found his plane or body) and he was glad to hear about it.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It felt very real to me. I experienced great peace and joy, and was conscious that I had a choice to make, and I made it. It was comforting to see my deceased friends even if I couldn't stay with them yet.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It feels just as real now as it did then.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No.