My older sister and I, she was five at the time, were playing in the barn with our pet goat, when we spotted the old fridge, that my uncle had asked my dad if he could store it there. So being kids, we climbed in, and the little goat, kept shutting the door on us. My sister said we could keep opening the door if we kick it hard with our feet, but the last time we tried the door would not come open. So we started to cry, and it seemed so long that we had been there. My sister and I got real quiet. It seemed like I was going to sleep. I couldn't hear my sister any more. Then as I felt like I was going to go to sleep, I saw a light, like a light from a candle. Then there was a lady there, she put her finger to her lips and said, 'Shhh child it will be alright.' She had long brown hair and soft eyes. When I started to cry she said, 'No, you must be still, your mommy is coming.' Just about that time the door opened, I knew it was opened because I could feel a cool wind on my face. Then that is all I could remember until the next day, when I woke to see my dad sitting on the side of the bed, he was crying.
Years later, my mom told me she had been at the sink giving my younger sister a bath, when she realized she couldn't hear Joyce and me. So she laid the baby down to go find us. She thought we had went to the old tree house to play, but as she passed the barn she said her heart jumped and she heard a women say, 'Hurry.' Mom said, 'OH GOD No!' She ran back to the barn and jerked open the old fridge door, there we were. Then she put both of us in cold water. When she seen that we were breathing okay, she put us to bed, and watched over us till my dad came home. He made sure the fridge was gone that night. She said we were both wet from sweat and that we were hardly breathing, and we were so dark in color.
I still think of that lady.
Date NDE Occurred: July, 1957
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes locked in old fridge, with my sister, could not breath locked in an old fridge in the barnLocked in a fridge and couldn't breathe.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I could still feel my sister beside me but I could hear her.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt like I was just going to sleep.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Just 'shhh', and her saying to stop crying and that my mommy was coming.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes The lady that was with us.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A soft light, like one from a candle.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Being locked in there, not being able to breath and the joy of that door opening.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My sister never really wants to talk about it, and when I tell other people, some cry others just say how sad or how terrible.
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? Someone is always with us.