As I said, I was driving when someone suddenly turned left in front of me and I knew I could not stop my car. I saw that I was going to hit the other car and knew there was going to be a bad accident. Suddenly, I was removed from my body. I found myself standing on the street corner holding my deceased grandmother's hand and watching myself in the car as the accident happened. I felt no fear or pain, but I was aware that I was in the car that had just crashed. Suddenly my grandmother disappeared and I was put back into my body. It was after I was placed back in my body that I felt the actual pain.
Date NDE Occurred: March 18, 1991
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death . I was driving. When another car suddenly turned left in front of me. I was traveling at forty mph and knew I would not be able to stop my car and would be involved in an accident.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
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 I was aware of what was happening to me, but felt no fear or pain. I was completely aware of everything about my surroundings.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was standing with my grandmother and watching myself having the accident.
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
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I was able to view things with a surprising clarity. Everything seemed clearer and more visible.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I do not remember actually hearing any sounds.
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 I saw my deceased grandmother. She was standing with me on the street corner and holding my hand. She did not say anything, just gave me an overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort. I knew I was safe with her.
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
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A great sense of calm and comfort in being with my grandmother.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 I was left with the ability to tell if someone was going to die. It was extremely powerful when I worked in two hotels near a medical center. We frequently had guests who were ill, or had family members that were ill, and I always knew who would live and who would die. I was right one hundred percent of the time. I have since blocked this ability to some extent just because it is sometimes too painful to know the truth.
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 Roman Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Roman Catholic
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? Uncertain I do not remember at that time, but was returned with a special knowledge and purpose.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am more aware of the need to help people and try to share experiences with people to try to make them aware that there is something beyond this world.
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? Yes As I explained above, I was left with a gift of knowing who would live and who would die if someone was ill.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Finally meeting my grandmother. Being given the gifts I received and being able to use them to help people. Most of all, to know that I was sent back because I had a purpose in life. I know now that my purpose is to help people, something I try to do daily when I answer 911 calls from people needing help.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately. They were shocked. There were people that did not believe in an afterlife and do now because of the experience I shared with them.
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.
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