I was broadsided while driving my car at approximately fifty-five mph. The impact ejected me out of the vehicle. According to the police report, my body bounced off the other car and landed in the road. I was transported by helicopter to the nearest trauma center almost unresponsive with numerous injuries and broken bones.
What I remember is a person asking me (I can't recall seeing a face but I think it was a male) if I wanted to stay or come (with him). I knew exactly what he meant and why he was asking me. I was even looking at myself lying unconscious on either a stretcher or bed. I responded to him that I wanted to stay because my wife and children needed me. He let me know that my decision would be supported (strong sense of compassion), and that though it would be difficult, in the end everything would be okay. Also, there was a very strong sense of peace.
This event is remarkable to me because of my closed head injury. I have almost no memory of my stay in the hospital (which was approximately one month) and no memory starting from the morning leading up to the accident. Yet, I can remember this event pretty clearly even though it apparently happened soon after arriving at the hospital. My wife, who was at my side during the whole hospital stay, tells me I told her about the event when I first regained consciousness and was intubated, which was about my second or third day of hospitalization.
Also, even though I understood exactly what had happened during the event, I was very confused for days after regaining consciousness, even assuming I was at work because I observed the hospital setting (I am a Registered Nurse and have worked in hospitals for about sixteen years).
Date NDE Occurred: 5/13/2008
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Automobile accident, closed head injury, multiple broken bones, collapsed lungs, etc.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the time, the whole event was very clear.
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
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 would not describe it as hearing. It was more telepathic (for lack of a better word), and everything communicated was crystal clear.
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? 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? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Compassion and peacefulness.
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 My wife and I have become much closer.
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? Just the compassion and sense of peace.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes One or two days. My wife was surprised.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I knew only what NDE meant but had never actually read reports of NDEs.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Cannot remember telling my wife about it, or what I thought about the event, initially.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Inexplicable except as an NDE.
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? Not afraid of death anymore.