I was really badly sick with the flu and I laid down on the couch , and I remember thinking I never felt this bad , so I laid there a few minutes with my eyes closed because I felt so bad. Then suddenly I thought I feel pretty good and when I opened my eyes I was hovering above my body but I wasn't scared. The next thing I know I'm floating in a big tunnel. If I had to guess, maybe 25-30 ft. in diameter the walls were black and there were shiny black rocks of different sizes. I floated for a few seconds and I could see a light at the far end. The tunnel was cone-shaped. Then all of a sudden, I was sucked to the light and I came out on the other side. I saw it was a clear sky with a few little clouds and there was rolling hills really beautiful and the grass was a little below my knee, maybe 7 or 8 inches high. There was also a small creek winding down from the hills. Then I noticed a group of people across the creek. They were older people, all dressed in white. I didn't know any of them. Now here's the kicker. My wife had died 2 yrs. earlier and she came from around the back of them. She came to me. I was standing at the edge of the creek. She walks to the other side of the creek up to the edge and then tells me, ‘It's not my time. You have to go back.’ I told her I want to stay with her. Then she says, ‘Harold you have to go back, it's not your time.’ She told me we would be together again. Then it felt like I was being sucked back, like I was dropped into my body.
Date NDE Occurred: April 2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Bad Flu Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was aware and very alert.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
No idea how long it lasted.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Popping noises and that a fast, sucking sound.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I met my wife. We talked.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A bright light at the end of a tunnel.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It's hard to explain.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt great and happy.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain I believe the creek was the boundary.
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 I was told I had to go back.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
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? Best was being at peace and seeing my wife. The worst was going back.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I have told several close friends.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No, not that I can think of at the moment.