I had a broken back. I was having back surgery. I remember the doctor coming into the operating room. It was extremely cold. He reassured me that the surgery would be fine. He put his hand on my shoulder and told me just to relax. The next thing I knew I was looking down at myself watching the chaos, hearing my name. Then there was light, a wonderful bright light. I was moving towards this bright light. I wasn't cold anymore. I was at ease. I saw figures and heard familiar voices. One in particular was my Grandmother telling me I needed to go back and that my family needed me. Then there was a feeling of calm. A hand touched my shoulder and I felt extreme love. I looked in the direction of the hand and a man's voice spoke. It was the most calming, loving voice. She is right my son. You must go back. You are needed. I didn't want to leave.
Then my eyes opened to pain. Oh, the pain! I was back in my body. I haven't told this to anyone. I told my wife this morning and now NDERF. I didn't think anyone would believe me. My wife does, she put me in her arms and whispered, 'I believe you'.
Date NDE Occurred: 02/17/08
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related Other 'I was having 360 back surgery, heart stopped during recovery'
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 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I saw the light
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
I felt weightless
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. It seemed foggy like the people I saw. It was like I was looking through clouds.
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 Grandfather, Father, Grandmother, and it must have been Jesus that touched my shoulder.
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 A bright warm white brilliant light
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm a beautiful place where my Father, and Grandparents love and are happy.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm, love, peace
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 I saw flashes of my childhood. I know now, that I am loved by Jesus.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I go to Church every Sunday, and I now know that God exists
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I go to Church every Sunday, and I now know that God exists
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? Yes Yes, that God does exist, and he does love us
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes My life with Church and my wife has changed. I used to drink a lot; I haven't drunk since my experience.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I felt that people would not believe me and that they would have an answer for everything that happened.
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? I believe it was God that put his hand on my shoulder, and told me I had to return, that I had not fulfilled my purpose.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It has been three years. I told my wife, she embraced me and said that she knew.
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 I was in ICU for ten days and on heavy medication so it was six weeks later that I really understood what had happened. I had some doubt that God was real, and I believe he was letting me know that he was real and that he loves me very much, and he wants me to spread the word.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I understand now that he wants me to spread the word.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I had a second back surgery. I was heavily sedated and in CCU for 7 days. God came and took my hand, and showed me the rapture. I was holding his hand while he showed me death and destruction. I was calm and felt peace. He reassured me I was fine and the people I loved were fine.