I knew I was bleeding to death and told my wife goodbye and kissed her. At that point, I was in a stage of total darkness and I felt wonderful, no pain, and no fear. Then I realized where I was at and I saw a bright light. My doctor was in the light and he told me I was not going to die. I went with him into the light and things started moving faster and faster. I came to a few hours later in intensive care. It took almost a full day to understand everything. I had to learn to walk all over, like if you had a stroke. I no longer fear death; I need to understand more. I am seeing a psychologist. I don't know if it is helping me understand.
Date NDE Occurred: 8/21/2008
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Other Bleed to death
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I understood everything from the start, after a while I understood I was dead.
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 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 went into a world of darkness.
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 People from my past.
The experience included: Darkness
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 Just a small but very bright light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? The sense of smell. I still have it.
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? Moderate Rom Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Rom 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? Yes I take more time with others.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes How good it felt and what I was doing.
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 was trying to save my doctor.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes All of my doctors, but none think I am crazy.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
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? I am just starting to understand I am the wrong guy to ask.