I remember being in and out of consciousness, trying to look around to see what was going on, until I slipped into almost a peaceful sleep, I was not afraid or worried. I saw a very bright light all around me; it was beautiful. I saw what seemed to me as angel wings around me, I could not make out any faces, just knew they were there. One that really stood out to me was an angel so bright that was right in front of me, she had on an African necklace. What seemed to me standing there with her a very long time, which actually was only a few minutes, but her necklace is what continues to this day to stand out to me. I came around and the lady that was there with me was crying and told me what had happened. I had a tear come out of my eye but was not afraid at all, I kept reassuring her that I was okay.
Date NDE Occurred: 1998
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Stopped breathing during tonsillectomy.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I lost awareness of my body
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 When I saw the angels.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I saw the angels.
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
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 just know that the light was a beautiful bright light that did not hurt my eyes at all and I was not afraid of it.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I did not have the ringing in my ear then that I still have.
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 Saw angels.
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 It was a beautiful bright light, brighter than the sun almost golden but did not hurt the eyes to look into.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was in awe. Was not afraid. Felt safe. In a way I did not want to come back.
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 Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Spiritual
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 am very close to my now nine year old. I have even let her know about the experience. I also have built a relationship with my family.
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? Yes When my daughter was three she was molested by her uncle. I did not know at the time, but Easter that year we were at the bishop's house eating and the kids played the drums downstairs in the unfinished basement. We took pictures of all the kids. There were two pictures of my daughter where she was by herself when we took them, but when we looked at them later, you could see angels with her. It was very bright in her picture and you could see the wings of angels all around her, and the same angel that had come to me years before was right there with her with the African necklace on.
The same night my grandfather died, I had a dream of him. He had come to me with a bright light all around him, and we were walking through what looked to be beautiful green land, almost like his farm. He grabbed my hand and told me that he was going to be all right, not to worry about him and that he loved me no matter what. The next morning I had found out that he had passed away in his sleep.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It always comes back to the angel with the African necklace that I think of the most.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told family right away. They were just staring at me in disbelief. But others I told just told me that me and my children are very blessed.
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 definitely real I just kept thinking about it and why it had happened. I knew then that God wanted me to change my life around.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I was on a bad road back then basically killing myself slowly. I believe that it happened so that I would get a grip on my situation and myself to remove all bad things from my life. I believe that the angel that had come to me in 1989 visited my daughter in I believe it was 2000 or 2001 and she was letting me know that everything was going to be alright with my daughter not to worry.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I have a daughter who is now three. When she began talking, she talks about Africa a lot and it always makes me think of that angel.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No.