Raina R NDE

Experience Description

I had an emergency surgery for endometriosis with infection and hemorrhage. I got a hysterectomy. Following the operation, I was in a coma and placed in the recovery room under the supervision of two nurses. I had moments of consciousness, but I couldn't talk nor communicate. I heard some noises in the nurses room. Then I smelled a strong smell of fresh paint.

I was sleeping. Then I heard the nurses enter my room and they opened the window. I felt much cold and a was in a great void.

Suddenly, I found myself above my body. I was floating in the air. The sensation was so pleasant. I felt good and had no pain. I could see a group of people from my height. There were two women and one or two men, who were desperately doing massage on me. I saw the device connected to my heart with the flat red line and the ringing of the alarm.

I lost the notion of time, and woke up while painfully reintegrating my physical body and it's pain.

I returned to life.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 2004

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related. Other: In recovery room after surgery. Cardiac arrest.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes. I clearly left my body and existed outside it

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. A higher consciousness. I remember every detail of the colors.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the moment of leaving the body.

Were your thoughts speeded up? No

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning. I had no notion of time at all anymore.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. An intense sight of the colors only more radiating.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Sharper hearing and amplified sounds.

Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No

The experience included: Tunnel

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain

Did you see any beings in your experience? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

The experience included: Unearthly light

Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light

Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain. It was daylight and the sun was intense.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Absolute calm.

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 no longer in conflict with nature

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others. I felt good and wanted to reassure the nurses reanimating me.

Did scenes from your past come back to you? No

Did scenes from the future come to you? No

Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a definite conscious decision to return to life. I thought that my two daughters still needed me.

God, Spiritual and Religion:


What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me

What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me

What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic

Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience What comforted me is the calm and serenity, the absence of pain and struggle.

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I moved out. I'm communicating with the English friends of my deceased daughter. I'm opening up my heart and my mind. I'm praying constantly.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No

Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No

During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No

During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No

Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists

During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No

Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:


During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Having experienced the crossing over towards death, and not being scared of death anymore.

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant

During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No

Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists

Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No

Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death

Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death

Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life

Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant

Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No

During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No

Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others

During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes Everything is love; such as life that the nurses gave back to me and the love of my children that gave me the strength to come back.

Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others

What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life. Two years after this experience, I could endure the brutal death of my daughter at the age of 29; I was able to accompany girlfriends, my partner towards the doors of death. I find the words, tenderness to tell love.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No

After the NDE:


Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience

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? Life after death exists really, I have no doubt whatsoever.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A girlfriend was receptive and believed me.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Through a book published in the USA with testimonies. No influence at all.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I never could get a proof of this episode in my documents of hospitalization.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. The medical profession refuses to consider these experiences, and is putting them upon the effects of anesthesia.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes. Very precise premonitory dreams about the accidental death of my daughter.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? In my thoughts, I'm often in paradise with my beloved ones and I'm smiling at life.