I had been playing and somehow my nose began bleeding. Mother had me in the bathroom with ice trying to apply pressure to get my nose to stop bleeding. NOTHING worked. I remember that as a last resort she got a butter knife and put it in ice and placed it under my upper lip in an effort to slow the bleeding. My dad was out of town on business, mom was home with four little ones and she had to have a neighbor take the two of us to the hospital. She held me on her lap and my nose continued to bleed. It had gotten dark and she pointed to the happy face in the moon (the moon was huge and bright)! We arrived at the hospital and a nurse sat me on the edge of a bed and removed the cloth from my face. She put a gown on me and pointed to the little bears printed on it; I looked down and immediately began throwing up blood and blood clots! They took me to a room and began trying to get a drop of blood from me to use to match the blood for the transfusion. They stuck my fingers, my toes, my arms, behind my knees - nothing.
Mother stood at the head of the bed and she was crying and holding onto me and kept saying, 'Say it with me, Jeffrie - The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want...' and we kept saying the 23rd Psalm and The Lord's Prayer over and over. I kept watching the huge light over my bed and somehow I slipped off from the bed into warmth, wellness and felt happy and I was not afraid - didn't hurt; just drifting away.
Suddenly it was as if something caught me and I opened my eyes and tried to move my left arm and couldn't because it was taped to a board with the needle delivering blood. I was SHOCKED because I had been away from there!
I got much older and I was telling mother what I had experienced and that I remembered the gown, I remembered praying with her and I told her I remembered the big light over my bed and her comment: 'There was no light over your bed.' She had had her own Near Death Experiences, so she didn't discount anything I told her - she knew.
Date NDE Occurred: 1954
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Free Bleeder and had frequent HEAVY nose bleeds which were difficult to clot. This one ended 6 hrs later resulting in a blood transfusion. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Free bleeder and had frequent HEAVY nose bleeds which were difficult to clot. This one ended six hours later resulting in a blood transfusion.
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 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 I was always aware of what I was experiencing.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was always aware of what I was experiencing.
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
When I opened my eyes, I clearly remembered being someplace away from there.
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. I don't know how to answer this - I saw the light and when I was out of my body I felt sooo great - where I was it was dark but I laughed and I wasn't afraid!
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? Uncertain Probably too young to tell what I was going through but I did experience darkness and I did see the huge bright light!
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Darkness
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I wasn't hurting or afraid; I was warm and happy and I laughed.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Attended Christian Science services occasionally with my maternal grandparents.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I KNOW there is something beyond physical death and I believe! God has been in my life and has given my family many miracles!!! Mine was only one of the many.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Hard question to answer . . . I was only 5. My parents were/are believers but not so much denominational. More conservative Independents politically.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I KNOW there is something beyond physical death and I believe! God has been in my life and has given my family many miracles!!! Mine was only one of the many.
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? Uncertain Maybe, because, even then, I didn't have (and I still don't have) a fear of dying. I just don't want to go violently.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes
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? Yes
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I had that time with mom and God and I always knew it was something very special.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I had never understood the significance of 'the light' until I saw a woman on television one morning in 1975 talking about her experience going to 'the light' and there I made the connection.