I'm writing this in my mother's name, because her English isn't very good.The incident happened in the year 2005. My mother was 62 years old at that time and I was 26. I'm her daughter. We were sitting in the living room. My mother stood up and walked to the closet to get something off the highest shelf. She got on top of an unstable stool to stand on. While reaching for the top shelf, she lost her balance, fell from the stool and banged her head on the hard floor. My uncle and I immediately rushed to help my mom. She was lying on the floor with her eyes closed. After maybe half a minute she opened her eyes. She had a very confused look and her eyes were glazed over. She wasn't herself, but was just a moving body, not really present inside her body. We helped her to walk to the sofa and I was sitting next to her on the chair the whole time until she was back to her normal self. The next day, she told me that when she fell off the stool she suddenly found herself in an unknown and different place. She was sitting in a vehicle that was driving or moving forward on a road. Next to her, on her left hand side, she knew someone was sitting and 'driving' her. But for some reason, she couldn't move her head to the left; she could only look to her right and to the front. The vehicle had no roof. She was sitting in a chair. I asked my mom if the vehicle looked like a car, but my mother wasn't sure, it was just something that looked like a car, but was floating or gliding over the road. Next to the road there was a pavement with people walking in slow peace. A bit further she saw green grass, trees and in the distance beautiful detached houses. The road the vehicle was moving on had high trees on both sides. The people who walked on the pavement looked all very happy. Some of them waved to my mom and smiled. She saw her deceased husband who was my stepfather. He bent forward towards the car, smiled and waved to her. He was there with Blondie, our golden retriever dog who died a long time ago. My mom also saw her old fiancé from when she was young who died in a car crash. She also saw a few other people who aren't alive any longer. There was also a woman who was an old friend of my mother, but they lost contact years ago. My mom was surprised to see her there because she thought the woman was still alive. But after this experience my mom found out that the woman died a few years ago of cancer. The air had a sweet smell of daffodils. My mom turned to the person next to her and spoke in thoughts, not words, 'A bit further down the road my deceased parents are waiting for me.' At that moment, someone said, 'Not yet.'My mother woke up on the floor in the living room with my uncle and I helping to bring her to the sofa. This isn't the end of this experience though. My mother said that while she was lying on the sofa she was aware of the fact she was on the sofa and I was sitting next to her in the chair asking the whole time if she's alright. She saw a man leaning against our coffee table. My mom said that she couldn't understand who the man was. She thought it was maybe a doctor and she didn't understand where he came from because she was still a bit dizzy from the fall. I was sitting next to her and I didn't see anyone. Apparently the man had shoulder-length, long wavy hair and was wearing a long white dress with a rope around his waist. Mom said that he came closer to her, near her face and looked at her with a very concerned and loving look in his big round brown eyes. Then he turned his head a bit to the side and said something along the lines of 'She's back, she returned.' After that he stood there near the table for short while and then raised from the floor in the corner of our living room and disappeared like in a fog. After lying on the sofa for an hour, my mother was fine and back to her old self. I think it's great she had an experience like this. We both think that the man in the living room must have been her guardian angel or someone who is looking after her during this life. Maybe it was the same person who was 'driving' her in the vehicle before. My mother has told this story to many people and most of them were very interested to hear about it. Thanks for reading. Be kind to each other and appreciate the people who love you. Life is very short.
Date NDE Occurred: 2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
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 didn't think about time, it didn't exist.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
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 Husband, fiance, friend, our dog. I knew my parents were waiting for me a bit further down the road. I knew they were living in a house. But the voice said 'not yet.'
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place It was a place I didn't know. There was a very beautiful long street, on both sides lined with tall trees and grass. Detached houses were in the distance. The air smelled of daffodils. All people looked very happy.
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? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Greatly 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 entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
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
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.)? Uncertain There was a man leaning against our table in the living room. He looked similar to Jesus (brown wavy hair, long robe), but I'm not sure who he was.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain
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? Yes
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? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are 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 Yes
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not 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 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? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
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 more accurately than 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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain When I was six years old, I had an operation on my appendix. During the operation, I was suddenly running through a beautiful meadow with the most gorgeous flowers I've ever seen. It was amazing, I was so happy and it was one of the best moments that I can remember. Today, almost 65 years later, I often think about how beautiful that meadow was and how I would love to run through that grass again. It was just gorgeous. I never forgot about it. After the operation, the doctors said that my situation during the operation was very critical.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real All the people I saw were deceased and even our dog. Also, I knew my deceased parents were waiting for me.
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
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