Experience Description

I had been having some chest pain and took a nitroglycerine tablet. It helped and I decided to lie down on my bed and rest. As I was lying there, I was thinking about having left work early and how I should be there getting things done before I left for the weekend.

Suddenly my heart started to do what I can only describe as a 'shudder'. I started to call out to my daughter when my heart stopped. I suddenly realized that EVERYTHING had stopped. There was no sound, no movement, nothing. I was standing there taking in this fact, when I looked down and saw my body on the bed. I thought, "Oh, I'm dead," like it was a completely ordinary thing. Then I remember thinking, "I wonder if the rain stopped too?" So I went through the wall and looked around outside. The rain had not just stopped; the raindrops were suspended in mid-air. It was the most awesome sight I'd ever seen. I remember moving around looking at different drops and I found one that was quite large, so I was looking at it closely and was about to touch it when it started to fall. At that same instant, I was back on the bed. My heart was beating again and I felt so happy, and realized I was grinning from ear to ear.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: November 8, 2002

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Clinical death My heart stopped.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Disturbing

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I don't recall my appearance or form, I just was.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt fully conscious and more alert then normal.

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 that time had either stopped or didn't exist.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? There were no sounds or noises at all, which amazed me.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

Did you see an unearthly light? No

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

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

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:

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 The awe I felt and the feeling of bliss or absolute happiness, but more than that.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I started seeing flashes of things, people, events.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The worst part was how it frightened my daughter. The best part was the feeling of peace and happiness it gave me.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The person I shared this experience with related that he had a similar experience several years ago and that he had to get counseling to get over it. He was very supportive and encouraged me to talk about it.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain The 'visions' are disturbing and I'm not sleeping well.

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain