I do not remember anything about this day, other than my afterlife experience. My son and I were digging a ditch. He said that I had trouble breathing and I sat down a lot. About 5:15 or so, I went into the house to get a drink of water. My wife was a nurse until illness struck her about ten years ago. She said I didn't look well and I was having massive pain in my chest. I lay down on the den floor and told her I loved her and my face turned black and my heart stopped along with my breathing. She started CPR and called 911. Fifteen minutes later the ambulance showed up. My other son was the paramedic on the scene. He hit me three times with the paddles and could not get me going. They worked on me for forty-five more minutes before they got my heart going. They put me in the ambulance and away we went. I died again in the ambulance and they called my son in the other ambulance and told him I was gone. He told them to keep on me until we got to the hospital. When we got there, my Mom and Dad were standing at the door of the emergency room. My Mom had a heart attack. Later, without knowing, I asked how my Mom was. Anyway, they put two stents in and four days later, I woke up in a regular room.
While I was dead, I appeared in a huge lit up expanse. I saw both of my grandmothers. They both hugged me and my Dad's Mom took my hand and said to come on she had someone she wanted me to meet. We walked on this long golden road. It was one sheet of gold so wide you could fit a thousand people across it. I saw a man with long white hair and robe with gold trim playing with children. He arose, marshaled the kids away, and walked towards us. When He reached us, my Grandma said, 'Honey, this is your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.' He touched my forehead with two fingers of His left hand and said, 'It's not your time. You cannot stay, you things to do for Me.' I said that I was home and didn't want to leave. He said, 'You have to go. When it is your time I will call for you so, be ready.' Then it ended. I woke up four days later as they were taking me to my room from the intensive care unit. Here's the problem. Nobody asked me how I felt about it. I loved it, of course, but I have so many questions. I cry at the drop of a hat. Everyone said that it was a wonderful experience and yes, it was, but it screwed me up in a way. I've kept my feelings about the whole ordeal bottled up for three years. I tell everyone about the experience. Joyously. I love my Jesus, but dang, what a ride. I feel and see things I can't explain. Sometimes I feel I'm going nuts.
Date NDE Occurred: April 26 2008
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 In Heaven.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In Heaven.
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
It was totally obvious I was not on earth. Heaven is real.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. After I came back, my eye sight was worse. I wear contacts. I also lost my sense of smell, and a lot of memory which is still coming back to me.
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 My grandmothers and my dad's brother and his son.
The experience included: Light
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 I just appeared in a huge lit up expanse. It felt like I was at the top of a staircase. The light I saw illuminated from the person I saw - Jesus Christ. As He got closer to me the light got brighter.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm i walked along a golden road. isaw,on a hill, a lit up city or huge palace.all i could make out was the shape of it.the light was too bright to tell.
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 southern Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist southern baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? 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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Meeting Jesus and Him touching my forehead. Wow!!!!!!!!!!! He is my Savior. The Son of the one and only true God. He is real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Five days.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I knew what it was.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I realize that I actually felt the hugs from my grandmothers and the touch of Jesus on my head. The way He talked to me was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Same as before. Has never changed.
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? Can't think of any.