Dianne H Probable NDE
I was feverish and uncomfortable with all the lines going in and out of my body.
All of a sudden I was in a very beautiful place with soft green grass and a blue, blue sky. There was a perfect refreshing temperature (it was summer in Phoenix and hot in the hospital) There was a light , but no sun to be seen. I was standing barefooted on a slight downward slope with a clear brook not too deep and about two or three feet wide at the bottom of the incline. The other side of the brook/river was a slight incline, but a little higher than the one I was on...the slope was not uncomfortable on which to stand.
I was walking slowly towards the water( I am not sue why I was drawn to the water) and was surprised to be able to breathe well and felt no pain. I was barefooted, but do not remember what I was wearing. I looked up towards the opposite bank and saw my Aunt Margaret coming rapidly towards me. She has been a Christian and Junior High English teacher (retired) in life. She was young and had a reddish cast to her hair, she was wearing what I would later learn from my mother was her favorite dress early in her life. It was brown with a floral print, light yellow flowers, with a light brown background, and a lace collar, and a narrow belt. She also wore her hose and sensible shoes.
She pointed at me with an outstretched right arm and said ,"Dianne, turn around, you cannot cross the river today". As she said that I looked behind her at a large field of green as far as I could see and saw people coming behind her. I think that I recognized my mother -in -law, (she was wearing a red sweater) my two grandmothers and maternal grandfather and some others that I thought I should know, coming towards me at the horizon. They were all young and laughing. I just caught a glimpse of these people.
I felt at peace and
content and felt no pain or thought the situation strange. I turned around and
was again in the hospital bed. Almost at the same instant a nurse came in and
took my vitals humphed, then a second one did the same. (humphed, as well)
Neither said anything, then but later said that I was doing very well and I went
home after more tests a day or two later.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes The experience was difficult to describe without people being uncomfortable hearing about it.
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Uncertain I was hospitalized and then admitted after I was in the hospital room. No one seemed to know what was wrong except that I needed fluids. My oncologist had directed several tests to be run. I was feverish and my body functions were not as they should have been
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt that I was highly conscious and alert the whole experience . I also felt no anxious thoughts and was at peace.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal
If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain: I felt that I was highly conscious and alert the whole experience . I also felt no anxious thoughts and was at peace.
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)? Uncertain During the experience, everything seemed normal. Because of the cancer treatments I was not normal in my regular life
Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?
Uncertain The experience seemed normal, but I did hear everything clearly including my mother-in law's laughter. she was a Christian and had been promoted to glory ( the Salvation Army's term for death) several years before. At that time because of the medications I did not hear very well.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? happy, peaceful, calm, interested
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No
Did you see a light? Uncertain The light I saw was all around me and not coming from any source
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes my Aunt Margaret, and my mother- in- law, two grandmothers my maternal grandfather and others I felt I should recognize but did not specifically. They were all happy and young. They "walked happy" almost skipping , except my Aunt who "was on a mission" to talk to me.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes My Aunt Margaret's dress and hair color. My mother told me that the dress was her favorite when she was young and her hair had a natural reddish tint. I know that my mother in law was wearing her favorite red sweater and thought later that had to be her as who else would wear a sweater in Heaven.
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? Yes Just the green soft grass, the blue blue sky and the clear river. The field behind the river was all green I saw no flowers or trees.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes Afterwards, I thought that the time was different. But it is hard to describe what was different I don't seem to think it was faster or slower. I am not sure about this
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes That I would recover from the cancer and that I should not be anxious and should take things as they come.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I was told to go back and since my Aunt told me to, I did. But if I ever get to that river again I am going to cross it. Unless I have a very good reason not to do that.
Did you become aware of future events? Yes only that I would get well and a sense that I would see those people again
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it right away. Many looked skeptical and said that I was very sick and probably was "dreaming or something "When I share with Christians they asked questions. My cousins were annoyed that their mother might be bossy in heaven as she was on earth.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes in my work. This was not the same as anything shared with me in my ministry.
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real As I think about it more I was at peace, and look forward with my heart and not just my mind to heaven.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? I was glad for the assurance that there is life after death and now when someone I know dies , I feel first how fortunate and happy they must be. Then I talk to the living
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was definitely real Even though I understood with my mind and because of study the fact about Heaven and life after death and I now feel it is sure and I have more interest in Bible study in general , have more calm and peace in my soul or heart and mind if you will.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I am not as critical and am more patient with others. I am more in love with my husband of 46 years, I do things that I enjoy and for other because it is a real joy and not out of duty only.
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I find more pleasure in Bible reading and prayer . And more insight as I read and pray. I pray more specifically and feel that is the way I should be, better than I was.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I am glad to have had the experience
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes I hope that I have remembered everything
Are there any other questions we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Thank you for allowing me to write about this experience. I appreciate the opportunity