I went to the doctor on a Monday evening in July 1975 I was sent to the hospital and the next day I had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix and possible peritonitis. I remember nothing until sometime Saturday afternoon. I (thought) that I had awakened because I saw the old man in the next bed watching a baseball game I still remember the play that was made and the room was bright and in vivid color. I sat up in bed when I saw three people standing at the foot of my bed. One person was my (maternal) grandmother, with whom I was very close and who died in 1965. One person was my cousin's grandmother (I was fond of her) who had died in the early 1970's. The other person was a woman I knew to be my aunt who was my mother's sister and who died in early childhood, circa 1919, and BEFORE my mother was born in 1929.
My grandmother was standing, dressed in a white gown, and bathed in, sort of back-lit, by a bright light, as were the other two. My grandmother had lost a leg to diabetes yet she now had both legs. She told me I was going to be all right and that there was a plan for me. I heard the nurse walking down the corridor and 'knew' that she was coming to my room - heighten sensory feelings. My grandmother told me to lie down and again stated that I would be all right.
I turned to the left as the three women 'faded from sight', looked back at my pillow and 'saw' myself laying there with my eyes closed. I heard my grandmother say, 'Go to sleep now,' and I felt myself 'falling' into my body while I 'heard' what sounded like a metal trash can being struck by a 'million volts of electricity' and I 'felt' the atoms of my body 'buzzing and vibrating'.
My eyes then popped open and I saw the nurse enter my room with a syringe but I told her to get out and looked for my grandmother but no one was there.
Date NDE Occurred: 1975
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related Life threatening event, but not clinical death I walked around for two weeks with a ruptured appendix. Then underwent emergency surgery. The doctor said my condition was serious and peritonitis had set in.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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 Heightened sensory and visual awareness.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the end.
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
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Heightened sensory and visual awareness.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Heightened sensory and sound awareness.
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 Deceased grandmother, aunt and other.
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 My grandmother was bathed in, sort of back-lit, by a bright light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Awe, peace, noted unusual items (grandmother having both legs in spite having lost one) yet it did not seem unusual.
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
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? Moderate Roman Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 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? Yes I saw a woman I knew to be my aunt who was my mother's sister and who died in early childhood BEFORE my mother was born.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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 Both prior to this event and after I seem sometimes to sense danger or get the feeling of ESP. Also in 1970 while in the US Army I 'heard' my grandmother warn me to leave an area where I was standing. After I left a helicopter crashed right where I was standing.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? My grandmother.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Within one or two days. Disbelief.
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. Absolutely real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Totally real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No