When I first left my body, the first time was vivid; I saw myself leaving and did not care. There was a void for just a little bit, then, I could see myself going towards heaven. It surprised that I could see myself going there. It was as if I was walking, but my legs were not moving. I was floating. I was wearing a white gown but when I reached where I was going, I come upon at least eight people sitting in chairs in half horseshoe shape. The person in the middle had a chair that was taller than the others were. They told me it was not my time and had to go back. I did not want to go back.
Mother stated that they sent me back to help others who were unsure if they wanted to be a Christian or not. I was a miracle child. I remember coming back. I don't remember the journey back, but I do remember hovering over the bed, saw mother crying, went and laid down on my body. Those present started screaming, 'She's alive.' It all happened in what seemed minutes. I told momma, 'You owe me a nickel, I closed the door.' Before I got back in my body I was trying to speak to them, 'Why are you crying, can't you hear me, I'm not gone.'
The second time was when the family was called and told I had passed. When they were taking me to the morgue and the sheet was pulled over me, I could see the nurse on one side and father on the other side. When I reached my hand up dad said 'She's still alive' and the nurse, Ms. Brooms, got help. The family had already been called that I had died then were called back that I was alive. There was prayer going on by all the church family. They said it happened 3 times that I died; however, I have vivid memory of going to heaven only one time. There's more I'd like to say, but right now, I feel brain tired. If anyone feels they identify what I've been through, let me know. I have the need to share with others who have been there also.
Date NDE Occurred: 1953
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death Tetanus was being treated as spinal meningitis.
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 could see myself, the little blonde haired girl; I was floating rather than walking, it looked like me but with pure, white, silk gown. Didn't have the hospital gown on. I saw the hospital gown on when I floated back; mother looking out the window, curtains had big circles, blue and green. I had a clear purse with red handle hanging on my bed and everyone who visited put change in it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very alert
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I heard voices but have a hard time now remembering them. They told me it wasn't time for me yet and had to go back. I didn't know why they were sending me back. I was fine where I was.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I was a little girl; I thought it was Jesus in the middle. They were shadows; they were dark, silhouettes dark, saw long hair, the shapes of their chairs, 3 on each side of Jesus. They discussed and said I need to go back. It wasn't time for me.
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Nothing encased me. It was all free around me. Open space, all bright light. A bright huge beam of light which lasted for a short while, wasn't there when I came back, just going.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was at a panel of people with vague movement of others in the background. No end, no beginning.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain