I was overdue, I had the flu I took aspirin for flu relief, unaware of the danger. I was rushed into surgery; the doctors did not know that I had been taking aspirin. The last thing I remember was the doctor yelling, 'Come on hurry! We are going to lose them!' I did not know it was my 9 lb. son and me that he was talking about. I was rushing through beautiful colors, all at once my paternal grandmother stood in front of me. She was beautiful, dressed in a beautiful white gown, behind her there was a veil, like looking through lace curtain with other beings milling about. She told me I could not stay, I wanted to stay I felt so wonderful. She told me I had to go back and care for my babies (I had a two year old also). The next thing I remember is waking up in the intensive care unit with a sweet oriental nurse sitting with me, telling me I had to stay awake and see my beautiful baby boy.
Date NDE Occurred: April 9 1954
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related. Childbirth Other 'A sudden enormous loss of blood, no blood pressure, stopped breathing, heart erratic, etc.'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 It was so amazing I do not know how to describe it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was so amazing I do not know how to describe it.
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
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 cannot.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. This will sound strange, it was as though, oh gosh, well like communicating without needing ears or a mouth. We just knew what the other was thinking, I think.
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? Uncertain Like moving rapidly through a rainbow.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 They were behind a veil; I could not make them out, but felt a connection with all of them.
The experience included: Light
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? Yes I do not know if you have never been in a plane when it climbs very high out of darkness and a storm and into astonishing bright light and beautiful sunset colors that are similar.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? It was like it was a normal pleasant experience.
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 I was a young mother with two babies to care for, didn't have time to think about it until I was mature enough to really be fascinated and filled with wonder regarding the experience and feeling so truly blessed for it.
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 Methodist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes There is nothing on earth to compare it to.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I have been able to strongly sense the presence of danger or extreme evil near me, my loved ones or strangers, which I thought was intuition when I was young. As I grew older, so much so that I prayed to God to take away my gift to see murders and murderers. He did.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Strange, not at the time. Later as I studied the Bible it became perfectly clear, no doubt about it.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Five years later I told my husband's grandmother, a sweet little religious lady. She believed every word. My mom and aunt, both intensive care unit nurses, said many things happen that cannot be explained. For the past twenty years, I have shared this experience with mothers who have lost a child (accidents) they have thanked me repeatedly. Also have shared with those afraid of death, same reaction.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I didn't think about it until years later, it just seemed to me like it was a normal thing.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Because it happened I have not and will never ever forget it.
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? Only persons who have lost all vital signs can relate to this experience. They can study how it happens but will never be able to do so; it is in another dimension unknown to none but GOD.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No, I believe it is an excellent questionnaire. The most accurate I have ever read, thank you.