This occurred during the middle of the month of May. I had gone to the emergency room at the Veterans Hospital on a Thursday afternoon with a chest pain that wouldn't go away. The next day they conducted a stress test, which I was unable to complete so it was chemically induced to speed up my heart for the test. The next morning, which was on a Saturday the Cardiologist stopped by my room, and did the usual stethoscope thing. He listening to my heart and told me that I was scheduled for an angioplasty/stent on Monday. A very blah breakfast was delivered when he was leaving and I started to eat a waffle when the chest pain began to get very intense. I kept pushing the wrong nurses call button and after a while when no one came I walked out to the nurses station which was close to my room concerning my situation. They of course said get back in your bed and all kinds of technicians, nurses and the doctor were there within moments.
That's when for what I believe was a very brief moment I had a strange/unusual experience. All of those people attending me suddenly vanished and my mother was sitting on the left side of the bed beside me with my father standing by her. I didn't realize who they were at first because they were both very young late teens or early twenties. There were other people behind them. I couldn't focus on them because of a bright light coming from something like a worm hole/cornucopia/horn of plenty shaped object behind them. There were figures of people rushing out of it toward me but I couldn't tell who they were due to the extreme brightness of the light coming from that object. I then became distracted by figures to my right which were all my former pets (dogs and cats that had died) climbing over each other to get to me, they gave me the impression of me just getting home from a long trip as they seemed very excited to see me.
I had time to glance back at my mom and then everything disappeared and all the hospital personnel were there treating me. I was rushed to the emergency room at a nearby cardiac facility where they told me the artery between my heart and lungs was almost completely blocked and a stent was put in with another stent done that Monday.
Date NDE Occurred: May 2007
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? Normal consciousness and alertness I felt that I was fully conscious the whole time.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt that I was fully conscious the whole time.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Described in main narrative.
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. Described in main narrative.
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? No No! But I saw people coming/rushing out of a tunnel like object that was emanated a very bright light.
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 See main narrative, but should say that both my parents are deceased and there was no communication. My mother's features showed concern for me.
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? No I saw people coming/rushing out of a tunnel like object that was emanated a very bright light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? The whole experience was unexpected.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Was raised Presbyterian with some Episcopal influence due to parents being of different faiths.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I do seem to pray more often.
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? Uncertain I would prefer to keep this one private.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I am not a very religious person. I have always felt that most religions were self-serving/created to augment their position kind of like a business. Feel that the Bible is more of a historical record and that much of it was censored to enhance the church's position. I do believe that we have a soul and a little bit of God is in all living things.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About a month later. It was greeted with skepticism.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes A family friend once spoke of floating when she had a NDE.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real The experience surprised me. I was not expecting it. I do find it comforting, although I have never had a fear of dying.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Same as above!
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Shorten it.