I was in a serious, car accident with multiple injuries. I had emergency surgery, as I had a severe break to my right femur. I remember talking with others before my surgery, yet that was the last thing I remember for the following four days. During surgery, I had a pulmonary embolism, which caused respiratory arrest. While I was not conscious during these four days, when I saw my family standing around my bed talking about my condition, I turned to the other side of the bed and stepped out of my body. I began to walk around the room trying to talk to my living family members, but they could not hear me. I then turned and in the other corner of the hospital room was my deceased grandmother and cousin. They were in a light much like sunset. They did not speak at all, yet their level of sure peace was like none I had ever known - before or after. They were smiling, but said nothing as I tried to tell them I was ok - and why wouldn't my living family who were standing there talk to me? I did see myself in the bed unconscious while I was walking around the room.
Date NDE Occurred: 12/31/2001
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death Car crash - respiratory arrest during surgery on femur/broken/rod replacement.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Confusion, anger toward my living family for not listening to me. Yet, I felt peace with my deceased grandma there.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Unconscious, technically.
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 See above.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Sunset like.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Yes, two weeks before this happened I had a vivid, frightening dream. I saw a beautiful blue glass-like building with my grandma who is deceased. I then saw myself sitting in a wheelchair in my home and woke up.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I feel my deceased family's spirits came to greet me should I have chosen to go. I am firm in my belief that I had a choice. I do not wish to die, although I now have no fear.
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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Life is short, live well!!!
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was hard to covey to others the level of peace I felt, during my experience.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The unbelievable sense of peace was phenomenal!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Some believe, some don't. I have no need to explain I know where I was.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain