I immediately became aware that the end-stage of my labor was giving complications, however I was very relaxed and confident. When I separated from my body, I had a feeling of floating. I had a feeling of total blessedness, a very intense wellbeing. I was floating in surroundings, which were very luminous and soft, rising up towards a more intense luminosity. Then nothing more, I came round much later in the intensive care unit. The doctors brought me back after defibrillation and the transfusion of several units of blood.
Date NDE Occurred: 07/09/1994
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Childbirth Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness At the beginning.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the beginning.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
No more notion of time.
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. But there was no sound where I found myself.
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? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A very great blessedness and the feeling of smiling.
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
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? Yes I appreciate life much more and keep the ups-and-downs of daily life in proportion. I give a lot of importance to human relationships.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The feelings are.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Several years later, and not with my intimates but with patients who are dying, I think that it helped them.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had just heard about them in the media.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I think it was real for me in the light of what I felt.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I think this is what happens when the spirit leaves the body.
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? I was not afraid of death before this, it was not a taboo subject, even less so now. I know it is difficult for those who remain behind, not for the one passing over.