I awoke on what I think was a ship or airplane and there was a young man sitting next to me. I was lying in a bed. I have never seen this man before but he was smiling at me in a way that put me at ease. I asked him if I was dying and he replied 'No.' He told that he and me that I had a long journey ahead was there to keep me company along the way.
When I tried to speak to the other people who were there, I got no response from them. It was as if I was invisible to them. The man who was with me said that he was the only one allowed to speak to me. We didn't talk a lot but it was comforting to have him with me. He gave me drinks of water and food when I needed it. He told me it was almost time to go and I told him that I wanted him to meet my husband; that he would want to thank him for taking care of me. But the man said that he couldn't meet him that it wasn't time.
I awoke in intensive care where I had been for five days. I thought that I had been traveling to meet my husband when in fact I had been on life support.
Date NDE Occurred: February 15, 2003
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Choked on food. Clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Awake and aware of my surroundings.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning What seemed like months to me turned out to be days.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes A young man about twenty years old. I didn't know him. He told me that I wasn't dying that it wasn't my time, that I still had things to do. He just sat next to my bed. He brought me water and food when I needed it. He told me he was taking me to my husband and that it would be a long journey.
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 It seemed to be in a hospital but a very old one. But beautiful and well maintained
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Just that I have not finished what I am here for.
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? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best part would be that I am still here. The worst part is not knowing who this person is that traveled with me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They have had mixed reactions. Some excused it as a mind trick and others have been curious about what happened to me. I have been looking for a picture of my husband's cousin who died when he was twenty-one wondering if he is the man that was with me. But I have been unsuccessful in obtaining a picture of him. My brother-in-law had a near death experience as a child and he spoke to deceased relatives but I didn't recognize this man.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No