My father related to me
these events near the end of his life. He was in a coma soon after he was
diagnosed with lung cancer. That first morning we all gathered to pay our last
respects but he pulled through in the afternoon. He then told me he was looking
down and had seen 17 doctors and nurses gathered around his bed trying to bring
him back. When I asked the nurse she said there were at most 8 people in the
room trying to resuscitate him.
The next morning he was
in another coma. I remember my mom and I were standing by his bedside when I saw
his hand flinch and he slowly in stages regained consciousness. My mom had been
slowly stroking his hand and she asked him to wake up. When he came out of the
coma he told me that he had taken a trip. He did not know how he got there but
when he arrived he saw two very large doors. He did not go inside the area that
he called the most beautiful garden he had ever seen. There were birds and
flowers and trees. He said it was wondrous. He said he sat down next to the
doors but he did not go in. He said it was funny but, "I saw people of all ages,
male and female, and all different nationalities go in the doors, but I only saw
babies going out of the doors." These were his exact words. He stayed there for
a while, but then he heard, "your mama" calling to him and so he decided to
The love that he showered his family with in these two days and the next day
when he died was a lifelong lesson to me. But I always remembered that he was a
loving father and his actions that allowed him to say goodbye to each of us
individually (two of my two sisters, my mom and myself) during the last three
days of his life have always been an inspiration to me.
the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?
what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness
I believe this would be when he arrived at the large doorways until mom called
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
your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was
different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please
My father had cataract operations which diminished his sight, but he clearly saw
the scene as described above.
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.)?
Yes His eyesight had diminished after two cataract operations.
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,
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
Wonder and amazement.
you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?
Uncertain He said the tunnel appeared to be gray which I took to mean
you see a light?
Uncertain He did not refer to a light.
you meet or see any other beings?
Yes He did not mention that he had seen anyone he knew just that they varied
in age, gender and nationality.
you experience a review of past events in your life?
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or
Yes Inside the two large doors was the most beautiful garden he had ever
you have any sense of altered space or time?
you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
Yes For some reason he chose not to enter the large doors but he wanted to
stay there and observe from outside the beautiful garden inside.
you become aware of future events?
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
you did not have prior to the experience?
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes I have shared it with others as he shared it with me and the rest of his
family who were at his side.
you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?
No He did not concern himself with these matters.
did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it
Experience was definitely real When he told us of his experiences he did not
indicate he had a dream and knowing him he would have.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or
significant to you?
do you currently view the reality of your experience:
Experience was definitely real See above. But in addition his matter
of fact statements told me he knew it was real.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your
However, he knew he had been given another chance to say goodbye to all of us,
and one by one he pulled is to his chest and held us tightly for an extended
period before letting go. While he did this to me he placed his ring in my hand
and told me it was mine to keep.
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
personally been visited in my dreams by the essence of my father. His aura, his
persona whatever you wish to call it has manifested itself to me in many dreams
through the years.
the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and
comprehensively describe your experience?