I got off work that morning, feeling like death warmed over. My boss drove me to my doctor's office. I saw my doctor coming toward me - I collapsed. Next thing I knew it was the next morning and my doctor was having me loaded into an ambulance. He told me that our hospital was a small community one and didn't have enough oxygen to keep me alive.
The ambulance was en-route to St. Francis Hospital and I was not getting enough oxygen to keep breathing. That's when the emergency medical technician asked the driver what our estimated time of arrival was because he was running out of oxygen.
I wanted to cry, but I remembered that my family did not know what had happened to me - and then it happened! Everything was totally black for a minute or so. Then I found myself in the most vibrantly beautiful rose garden that anyone could ever imagine! The foliage was vibrant, glossy green and the rose blossoms were absolutely enormous and so exquisite in both color and fragrance. I was very peaceful in my own mind, not really thinking of anything except the overwhelming peace and glorious beauty of the beautiful, seemingly endless garden of perfection.
I was there surrounded by perfection. Then, I heard a noise behind me, a slight rustling. Then I saw my mother, who has been deceased since 1990. There were others with her; my father, deceased in 1960; my sister, deceased in 1980. Others of my family were standing behind mom, dad, and sis. I asked mom if she loved it here, because I sure did. Mom had a rather worried look on her face. I asked mom what was wrong. She said that I had to leave this place because I was not to be here yet! I told her that I never wanted to leave this wonderful place! She told me that I had to return, it was not my time yet. I told her that I didn't want to leave and she told me that I had to, it wasn't my time.
A few minutes later, everything went black and I woke up from a coma nine days later. The doctor said that I was dead on arrival. They revived me three times that first night and called my family in because I wasn't going to survive that first night. I woke out of a coma nine days later surrounded by my crying daughters and family.
Date NDE Occurred: 'January 21, 2002'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
The last thing I remember was the emergency medical technician in the ambulance told the driver to step on it or I was going to be dead on arrival.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 At all times - it was very real! I was there!
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At all times - it was very real! I was there!
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. Everything was much clearer and my senses were highly alert.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Much clearer and brighter.
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 deceased parents and siblings.
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
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A most beautiful rose garden with a glow as fom a well lit city in the distance
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, love, warmth.
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 'I am an Apostolic, What people call..A holy Roller
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate same as above
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? The whole experience was truly meaningful to me because now I truly know where I'll be when I pass from this earth!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My doctor asked me if I had had any unusual experiences and I told him about it. He seemed to be amazed at it.
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 know it was real and I will treasure it always.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Now, six years later, I know it is my reality when I pass on.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No