It was the fourth day following the initial infarction and, as I understand it after the event, the plan was to do a balloon angioplasty the following day.
I was alone in my room and suddenly there was the appearance of a figure in bright light at the foot of my bed. It was so bright it awakened me. The figure approached the side of my bed and took my hand; he then said 'It will be alright.'
After that, I next remember being awakened in the catheter laboratory after the procedure was over and, indeed, it was all right. I never feared anything in this and I never feared it afterward. Since then, I have had five stents implanted and an Implanted Cardio Defibrillator (ICD) placed in my chest. But I have never felt any fear at all. I know that whatever may come there is more than this earthly life.
Date NDE Occurred: May 1995
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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 When the figure approached my bedside and held my hand.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When the figure approached my bedside and held my hand.
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
But the next time I awakened was apparently the next day.
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. Brightness. It was as if the sun was blazing through my window. But the room I was in looked out upon another wall.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Not sure. I did hear the figure speak but it was soft-spoken.
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
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 As explained above, I felt it was an appearance of Jesus to comfort 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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A warm peace overflowed me.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain My previous beliefs have been transformed. I am more confident that the Creator is accepting of all.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain My previous beliefs have been transformed. I am more confident that the Creator is accepting of all.
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? No
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Just the one appearance and words of assurance and comfort.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A few years. Some were skeptical, of course. Others seemed genuinely interested.
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 real I knew I had experienced something quite unusual.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Because as I look back at it, I sense the reality of it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No