Experience Description

While in the throes of a bad car accident, my deceased grandfather (that I was extremely close to) came to me. At the time, I was twenty-two years old and working in New York. I was just about to rent my first apartment away from my family. As the impact was happening, all of the events surrounding my life at the time went through my head (mainly the rental of a new apartment). My beloved grandfather came to me with his arms and took me out of the wreckage. I had no seat belt on and at the time, many of my friends who had seen the car thought that I had died in the wreckage (It was that bad!). I survived by the grace of my grandfather and I'll never forget it.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 4/191/1985

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I was in a very bad car accident.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was looking down upon the wreckage.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? 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 There was a time delay.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Just feeling that my grandfather was helping me.

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 Newly deceased grandfather.

Did you see an unearthly light? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm My intuitive or unconscious senses were more prominent.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace and knowing that my grandfather was there to help me. He was a very intuitive person.

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Grandfather who had died. He was in a different place.

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Yes, I was viewing the accident that I was in from above.

The experience included: Vision of the future

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I was more open to the universe.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain To certain people, but not for me.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I was worried about getting the apartment, but I knew that I would after the experience.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No negatives. The positive was connecting with my grandfather.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The reactions have been mixed.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No Though other experiences have occurred.