I went to a farm house. It was cold. When I went into the farm house, people were there. I knew these people were familiar to me. There was a woman, man and about three children. All of them were dressed in old-fashion clothes, so I knew they had to be dead. The people were very welcoming, and I knew I belonged with them in some way. The house was heated by fireplace and a quilt that hung on the wall. When I was going to go upstairs to bed, the lady took the quilt off the wall to cover me. Later on, she offered me chicken and dumplings to eat. When she went to get the food, I saw a name engraved on a plaque. I do not remember the name, but I know it was a family name. Then I remember leaving the farm house, but felt like I should have stayed. It has been confusing for me ever since.
Date NDE Occurred: 2014
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
Illness. Respiratory failure, heart attack, infections and internal bleeding.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Less consciousness and alertness than normal My level of consciousness and alertness was less than my normal.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't know
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I felt I could reach out and touch the people, even though I was in a medically induced coma.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear, but felt like I was hearing inside of a hole.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
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 They were family members. It seemed as if they were alive, but I knew by the way they were dressed that they had to be dead.
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt a satisfaction, love, and feeling of belonging.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I understood that I am here for a reason, and that my family I met, sent me back for that reason.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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 not able to stay with the people I was with, so I decided to come back even though I wanted to stay in that happy place where I was.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I believe if I died I would go to heaven, but I didn't I went to a place with my family, and even though it may have not been heaven, it was satisfying there.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am more aware that death can occur any time. I try to give God the praise for another day on earth.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I was surrounded by my family, and felt much love during that time. I did not want to leave, and sometimes want to go back to them.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life Moderate changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It took me a while to tell anyone my experience, I wasn't sure I would be believed.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the ex I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the ex
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 described the people to my father, and he showed me a picture of a house his great grandmother lived in and pictures of her and her husband, they were pretty accurate to the people I had been with in my experience.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with a friend and family, all had different reactions.
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 The experience has not left my mind. It seemed very real to me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably not real I think I had an intense dream during the coma. I am not sure.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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