One day in July, I felt ill with cramps and could not walk or urinate. I told my sister. A friend took us to the hospital and I was put into an oxygen tent. However, I did not know what an oxygen tent was until a few days later when the nurses told me. My experience was before surgery and while I was in the oxygen tent. I had received last rights before the appendectomy. During my experience, I felt very happy, calm, and not frightened. It was a very strange, warm feeling like being lowered into warm bath water. I saw a most beautiful color blue that I have never seen since my experience. My deceased mother came out of the blue- color background. She was smiling and wearing the light purple dress she had on when she passed away. On my mother's right side and a bit behind her, was our deceased parish priest wearing his priest clothing. I felt the urge to go to my mother but she repeatedly motioned with both arms to go back and to not approach. After that, the experience just ended. When I did wake up, I saw the nurses who told me I had a tough time. They told me that I kept calling for my mother and that I had the last rights. The nurse asked why I kept calling for my mother. I told her that I saw my mother, and that she had died in this same hospital and she was in an oxygen tent, too. The nurses also told me that I kept telling the priest, giving me the last rights, that I was 106 years old. I would laugh like crazy and had them laughing, too. After surgery, I told the nurse that I saw my mother who had died a long time ago. My mother passed away 8 years prior when I was 10 years old. When I did have surgery, they left the incision open to drain the poison. My sister had to give me blood and I was hospitalized for one month.
Date NDE Occurred: July 1951
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
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? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness The same normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was conscious during the experience and after. The people and color blue, which I saw during my experience, were very clear and sharp.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. It was the same.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No one spoke to me during the experience but I heard myself call out twice to my mother.
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? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes My deceased mother and a deceased parish priest
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A shade of soft, light blue, such as I had never seen again, even though I have looked for it after the experience.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Very happy to see my mother but confused when she motioned me away.
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? 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? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
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 I saw the priest from my parish who had passed away, in my experience.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely 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? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
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? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? I am uncertain if God 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? Unknown
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 definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists Yes An afterlife definitely exists
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
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? Unknown
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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Unknown
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life No changes just got older.
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. The experience was so real and profound that I have never forgotten the details and how I felt. Also, I did not and do not tell too many others. In fact, I told a very, very few about my experience because I feel others will not believe me.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Only significant in that, I do not share this with many others.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was 6 months or so until I told my two sisters and a friend. After that, I did not speak about it for many years. My sisters' reactions were that they wished that they had seen our mother, too.
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 felt it was very real, even after all of these years. In fact, I can remember it as if it just happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I felt it was very real, even after all of these years. In fact, I can remember it as if it just happened.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No other questions needed.
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