Well, it was the winter of 1977. I was sick with pneumonia, and we had just had a blizzard. My dad was away on a business trip. My mom had to go to the basement to get something. I went into the kitchen, and I heard my mom call up to me to take my cough medicine. I went to take it, and I felt my body fall in slow motion. I heard my head hit the floor. My mom yelled up to me,' Is everything okay?' I felt that if I answered her, I would die. I felt like a battery that needed to be recharged. My mom ran upstairs and saw me lying on the kitchen floor. She yelled to my four-year-old sister, 'Melissa! Mommy needs your help! Something is wrong with Denise!' I was aware of my mom carrying me and putting me on the sofa. She told my sister to sit on the floor and to not let her sister fall off the sofa. My mom went to call the ambulance, but our phone was out due to the blizzard. She was wearing her pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers, and she ran across the street without a coat. Our street wasn't plowed yet. It took the ambulance about an hour to get to our house, even though the hospital was only six miles away from our house.
I was dead. I'm not sure for how long. I was at one end of a tunnel and I saw a group of people at the other end of it. From the background, a strong light was emanating, outlining the crowd with a beautiful yellow light. I could not see any of their faces - it was too dark. Two of the men, I knew, were my Irish grandfather's brothers. I could tell that's who they were because they were wearing the same type of hat my grandfather wore - those wool hats from the 1930s and 1940s. Then, I believe, Jesus spoke to me. It was such an incredible voice! The voice said, 'DENISE! GO BACK! IT'S NOT YOUR TIME YET!' This voice had the sound of every good and kind comment that had ever been made to me. Then I felt an electrical feeling, like a surge of energy rushing through me.
Date NDE Occurred: winter of 1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness Other Not sure if I was clinically dead. However after my near death experience I came to with paramedics giving me CPR
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 Not sure.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Not sure.
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 seemed like time slowed down.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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? Yes I didn't actually enter the tunnel. I was at one end of it. I was, I guess, about to enter it.
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 could not see their faces, but it was a large group of people.
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 It was outlining the group of people at the other end of the tunnel.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love, happiness.
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
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
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? 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? Yes Before this, when I was a small child, I started to recall two past lives, and I can still recall them. Also, my deceased grandmother occasionally comes to me in my sleep. And sometimes my dreams come true.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Can't recall.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My parents and my sister have always believed me. My husband and my brother are more analytical, and they don't believe it happened.
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 From the start, I saw the experience as definitely real. I felt I was here for a reason.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still see the experience as definitely real. I believe in these experiences.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No