This is a story that my deceased stepfather, Lee M., told me. He was admitted into the hospital for a heart attack. While he was in the intensive care unit, he experienced another heart attack. He told me that the doctors and nurses were there checking him out. He heard one of them say, 'We're losing him' and he looked over to the heart monitor expecting to see it dropping. He told me that he was surprised to see it was a flat line and said 0 (zero). Then he was out of his body, up above the doctors and nurses, by the ceiling, watching them work on his body. He could see his body lying there and he said his mouth was wide open.
Date NDE Occurred: 1991
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)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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? I don't know and cannot ask now.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't know and cannot ask now.
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
I don't know and cannot ask now.
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 don't know and cannot ask now.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't know and cannot ask now.
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
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
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 I don't know and cannot ask now.
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 'Grew up Catholic, stayed away from churches most of adult life. At the time, he professed to be Atheist. But he also commented that if he claimed to be an Atheist, religious people would leave him alone.'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I don't know and cannot ask now.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before death.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I don't know and cannot ask now.
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? Uncertain I don't know and cannot ask now.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I don't know and cannot ask now.
After the NDE:
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I don't know and cannot ask now.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Unfortunately, many of these aspects did not come up when he told me about the experience and I cannot ask him now. At the time, I didn't know much about NDE's and didn't know what to ask. I believed him and thought it was very cool, but I didn't know what to think or what to ask.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes He shared it with me right away. I don't know about anybody else.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I don't know and cannot ask now.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I know he thought it was real, because he could see his mouth open and the doctors/nurses working on him.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I don't know and cannot ask now.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain I don't know and cannot ask now.