I fell onto a playground area. I saw myself sitting on top of a climbing frame, observing my body on the ground below. My grandmother, who had been deceased for several years, was with me. I remember my mother was present, crying and being comforted by a neighbor. I wasn't feeling any emotion; it was a very detached feeling.
Date NDE Occurred: 4/70
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury. I climbed across a wall which connected two garages. I lost my balance and fell to the ground striking my head and face. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
A witness to the accident had turned me over, causing me to aspirate blood and cease to breathe.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
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 During the time I was out of my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the time I was out of my body.
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
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 could feel the emotions of my mother and others at the scene.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was a certain kind of telepathic communication between myself and my grandmother.
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
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 My grandmother was with me. I knew her, although she was deceased since I was less than two years old.
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 There was light all around, and surrounding my grandmother.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? There was no sadness, fear or negative feeling. There was no pain. Only calm acceptance.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 I have always had a very intuitive nature, I can't say if it was related to this event.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes As a child, I was taught that God was some powerful force who punished us for wrongdoings. I now know that God is a loving forgiving entity that we can always turn to in times of sadness or trouble. I have a strong belief in God, although I don't attend or believe in any church doctrine.
What is your religion now? Liberal none
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes As a child, I was taught that God was some powerful force who punished us for wrongdoings. I now know that God is a loving forgiving entity that we can always turn to in times of sadness or trouble. I have a strong belief in God, although I don't attend or believe in any church doctrine.
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? Yes I understood that life happens the way it is supposed to, and that we are more than our bodies.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes When I find myself feeling stressed or helpless, I remember that we are not alone, we are supported and protected by a kind loving force.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It had a dream-like quality, although it was a very vivid experience that I have never forgotten.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I am able to 'read' people quite well. I'm intuitive, and able to understand a person's nature without knowing them well. I can't say for sure if it's connected to the event.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The strong sense of peace and calm that I was surrounded by.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my mother a few years later. I told close family members and friends. Some people are skeptical. I sometimes share my experience with some of my hospice patients who seem afraid at what is to come. I think it comforts a person to know someone who has had this experience.
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 probably not real I was unconscious for many days, I felt foggy for weeks afterwards. I thought I must have dreamed the whole thing.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The experience has stayed with me forever. Even though it happened almost forty years ago, I remember it well.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No