While on a weekend trip with all of my family I began having chest pains and was transported by ambulance to the Hospital. I arrived at the hospital emergency room and was being questioned by the attending physician when I told him 'I don't feel very good.' This was when my heart stopped; they said they had to shock me three times. I flat-lined.
All I remember is a vision of - my father, he was in a very beautiful yard with trees, very green grass and was riding something like a lawnmower (they said I first said a tricycle) he was about fifty years old and was waving at me. He was happy, everything was beautiful - he then motioned for me to move out of the way.
That is all I remember. This was all very real to me. My father had passed away on July 12, 2004. Less than a month before. I was his primary caregiver. Naturally, I am not ready to die, but I am not afraid to die now.
I have been aroused both emotionally and spiritually. I believe there is life after death it is beautiful and we will be surrounded by love. I saw no light, I saw my father who I miss terribly, but believe now I will be with him again someday.
Date NDE Occurred: 8/28/04
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Cardiac arrest.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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 The grass was greener; the sun was brighter, times seemed happy.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was an experience, I don't know - probably 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 Past.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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
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
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm See #3
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Wonderful.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian/Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian/Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes
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 don't let things bother me like they did.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I now believe that there is life after death and it is beautiful, fulfilling all of our needs.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately, in the intensive care unit. I told my family. I do believe that they have been influenced. I remind them every day of how wonderful life is.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Upon reading.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I still believe.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I just wanted to share this.