I was brought into the ER by ambulance. I don't remember very much. I do remember being in the hospital and being brought into a room. I was there only a few minutes, or so I thought. I remember being aware that my chest was feeling different from usual. I also remember that, at the time, I was wondering if it was my body that I was looking down on because I was also looking around and seeing no one. I said, 'Um hum, I don't know where everyone is but something is happening here. I don't feel right.' Next thing I see is that I am in a dark room. It wasn't round, it wasn't square; it was just very, very warm, very beautiful, and very, very black.
Date NDE Occurred: August 16h 2010
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)
My heart had quit.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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? Normal consciousness and alertness I could feel my heart beating funny and my head was aching, but I was alert, very alert.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I could feel my heart beating funny and my head was aching, but I was alert, very alert.
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 could see the black but I didn't reach up to touch the blackness. I just knew I was in a safe, warm place.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I didn't hear anything.
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? No
The experience included: Darkness
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? I felt very happy and very, very warm for the first time in hours.
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
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? Yes I truly believe that there is a higher being; higher than us.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I truly believe that there is a higher being; higher than us.
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 have separated from my husband. When I used to talk about my experience, he would look at me as if I was crazy. I think he thought I was nuts.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I didn't know how to explain to others what the warmth was like in the black room, during and after, without them looking at me like I was nuts.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Sometimes I have a sense that a person is letting me know that they are not going to be here on this Earth much longer and, whenever that happens, they have usually passed within the month. I usually see it in their eyes.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I am still trying to find out why I had that experience at that time. I feel that there is a reason and I feel very lucky to still be alive and to be able to see my children and my grandchildren.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The very next day, I told a nurse and then I told my family.
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 Right away, I saw the experience as 'definitely real.' I viewed it as a gift and I felt privileged that I was able to share my experience. I still do.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still see the experience as 'definitely real.' I used to be scared to leave, but now I feel I had the experience just to show me that there is nothing to be scared of; that after death, it is more tranquil than anything we have ever known here on this Earth.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No