On 12/12/2006 a school bus ran a red light and t-boned my 2005 Chevy Avalanche. I was conscious during the accident (everything went into slow motion) and was coherent enough to talk to OnStar and describe the location of the accident as well as the extent of my injuries (a cut above my left eye, whiplash, 3 broken ribs, contusions on my lungs, and a torn rotator cuff). I was sitting very still I didn't want to move for fear of being paralyzed. I was sitting in the truck, with my left eye closed (because of the blood and because I was covered in glass) while they used the Jaws of Life to pry the door open. Suddenly I'm STANDING, and can see out of BOTH eyes, where one of the houses should have been. All around me (above, below, 360 degrees) were dark grey rolling clouds (the best way I can describe it) and behind me (over my left shoulder) there appeared to be a large rectangular screen and I could see a person in the driver seat covered with blood and paramedics working on him. I thought 'Wow that guy's really messed up!' Then I realized it was my truck and the person was me.
While this was happening, I felt confused; how could I be standing where the house should be? Why am I standing when I was sitting in the truck? How could I see myself being worked on? Then I turned to my right (facing forward) and I saw the grim reaper, the dark robe, the sickle, no face but where the face should be was just blackness, blacker than anything I'd ever seen before in my life. It was as if you could take the brightest light you could find (the sun, or even a thousand suns and shined it in there and it would just swallow it up). Then I heard a voice in my head say either (come with me, or come to me). As I stared into the blackness I started to go. As I was going the scene behind me (the truck and paramedics) was fading away at the same time all my senses were fading, the pain was fading. I then realized it was death wanting to take me and I thought of my fourteen year old son and my wife. Then I told the reaper 'F**K YOU I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE!' Then I was back sitting in the truck and one of the paramedics was saying,' Come on stay with me.' After that they extracted me and took me to the hospital.
Date NDE Occurred: 12/12/2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' . School bus/SUV accident.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Initial confusion, and then as I started to go my senses were decreasing (like turning down a rheostat).
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Initial confusion, and then as I started to go my senses were decreasing (like turning down a rheostat).
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I could hear the paramedics talking, but it sounded like they were behind me.
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? Yes The grim reaper.
The experience included: Darkness
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
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Confusion.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Yes Closer to my family.
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Next day.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Read about it.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? This was REAL.