This is a recount of what my mother told me of her near death experience that occurred over 20 years ago. I do not know the details surrounding her situation. I do not know all of the details of her NDE. From what she told me, she experienced the bright light and beauty and happiness like never before. She was taken on travels to other planets and other places. She explained the feeling of wanting to stay there. She had an escort, but did not think it was someone she knew in her earthly life. She was told that she would have to come back to her life on earth as she still had things to do. This made her sad because she so wanted to stay where she was.She kept this all hidden for many years but did tell me this much of what she experienced.My mother passed on just six months ago and my only comfort is that she was reunited with the place she didn't want to leave.Since her death, my sister was visited in a dream by a white cat (my mother loved cats) and the cat told my sister that dying was not painful.
Date NDE Occurred: Unknown
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain. Unknown
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I do not know. She did not mention hearing things from earth or missing them.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal From what I was told, it was hard to put into words what she was experiencing and feeling. It was great love and wonder.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Unknown.
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
She felt that she had been on her journey for a long time - however it was not long enough.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. She indicated that there was so much to see and how wondrous it was. There were galaxies and planets filled with people and events and beauty everywhere.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Unknown.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain None were described to me, but I don't know if she encountered any or not.
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes I believe she said it was a very bright light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place Other planets that were inhabited.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? From what I was told, it was a feeling of love and complete happiness.
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 no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I think she also understood why she had to come back.
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? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will It may have been a barrier, but I was told that her guides explained that it was not her time and she had to return as there were people who needed her and things left for her to do.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Unknown
What was your religion prior to your experience? Do not know
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Unknown
What is your religion now? No comment
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not 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? Uncertain
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 She saw many unearthly beings, but I do not know if they were in human form or not. She had a guide or perhaps guides that escorted her on the journey.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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 This was not mentioned
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Uncertain
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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Uncertain There was no mention of God or a religious experience
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? Unknown
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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Uncertain
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? Unknown Uncertain
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Unknown
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Unknown
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Uncertain
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Uncertain
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Uncertain
Were you compassionate after your experience? Unknown
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Unknown
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Uncertain
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes My mother was unable to explain most of what she experienced.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time She remembered it until her time of death. About a month prior to her dying she was fearful of what death would bring and she was afraid of leaving her family. She asked us what we thought happened and I told her I thought it was going to be like her experience and that she would not want to come back here. She was very reflective on this and chose to share her story with a pastor at the hospital. Though the pastor was very intrigued and said he would return to speak with her again, he never came back.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was quite a few years before she shared the experience. She said she was not sure how others would react, and I think she was also very private with such a personal event.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real When she shared her story, there was no doubt that she had experienced it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Her views did not change. There was ever a question as to the validity of the experience.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain
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