As I was put in an ambulance, I was above watching what was going on.
Next, I was at a place where the sky was a golden yellow. There was a gate to my left. I felt so at peace, in no pain and seemed to be aware that this was where I wanted to be. I believe I was just outside the gates of Heaven.
There were people all around me but I couldn't make them out. Then my daughter, who had died 08/31/1998, came up to me, hugged me and told me that she loved me. She then told me it was not my time to be here and I had to go back. I told her, 'No, I am going to stay.' She then told me that I would be here soon enough and I had to go back. I told her I was going to stay, that your mom and brothers would be okay. Then my grandmother came up to me hugged me and called me by my nickname Dennis. She said that I had to go back, that my grandchildren needed me. At that time, I had two grandsons. She also said I was going to have two granddaughters. (Which I do have now.) I could never argue with my grandmother, so I said, 'Okay I'll go back.'
I then returned to my body. I was in hospital on a ventilator and unable to move, talk or open my eyes. I could hear people talking but couldn't answer. The next day I came out of coma. I stayed on the ventilator for another day.
There was an angel standing next to me I called him 'Bob'. After I could talk, I told my story to everyone who would listen.
To this day, no doctors can explain what caused me to stop breathing. I was in hospital for a total of sixteen days. I was unable to walk. Now I am being treated for Rheumatoid Arthritis and am finally able to function.
I make sure I see my grandchildren at least once a week. Being with them and playing, teaching is such a great experience.
Date NDE Occurred: 06/05/2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'Drug reaction, stopped breathing.' Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I had stopped breathing and was put on ventilator in an ambulance and put in the intensive care unit at hospital.
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 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 The whole time I was at the gates of Heaven.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time I was at the gates of 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
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. Colors were bolder, brighter.
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 See main narrative, but also: There were people all around me but I couldn't make them out.
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 The light was all around me. I didn't follow the light, it was just there.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, love.
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 That I would have two granddaughters.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
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 It seemed to me that the life and worries I had before didn't matter. There was an inner peace and contentment.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I love being around people, around grandchildren and meeting new people to share my life with.
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? Talking with my daughter and grandmother. I now have no fear of death. I have a reason for living. The pain of life is only temporary.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared my experience as soon as I could talk. I have shared this to everyone that I meet. The reactions are great.
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 My daughter's death really caused me to emotionally disconnect with the real world. I was just existing not living. Now I have joy when I think of our meeting. She has since come to me in a dream where we just sat and talked. It was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As above.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No