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Jo-Ann T's Experience

Experience description:   

This is not really MY NDE, but rather a "vision" that occurred when I was lying in bed next to my dying mother. I was called to the hospital at 6pm, and arrived from Pennsylvania at around 11pm. My mother was unable to speak. She had tubes in her throat and did not open her eyes. I asked the nurse to leave, turned off the TV and the lights, and crawled into bed with her. I began to sing some songs that my grandmother (her mother) had sung to me as a child. I noticed a light on my mother's side of the bed. It wasn't bright-more like an aura, but it was white. I saw my grandmother, flanked by her other daughter and son. All were wearing white robe type garments. Their faces were young and unlined, but not real distinct. They seemed to be walking through an orchard with a canopy of trees. In the trees and on the ground were blossoms (I think apple blossoms-white and light pink), and I smelled a sweet apple smell. I told my mother it was okay to go - and I saw a white wisp of her going to them. I then heard the hospital machine beep continuously - and the vision was gone - and my mother had died.

Have you heard of any one who has had a similar experience? Thanks so much.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    Maintained hig level of consciousness throughout.

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:            Maintained high level of consciousness throughout.

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.)?  Yes     It was "filmy", as if seen through a fine piece of silk.

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      Not sure that I heard any sound at all.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Happiness, joy

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Yes     A canopy of trees with light behind it.

Did you see a light?           Yes     White light/aura.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     Deceased grandmother, aunt and uncle. I knew them, but they looked younger. There was no verbal communication, but my grandmother might have motioned for my mother to come.

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?          No      

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?            Yes     Apple orchard

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No      

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Yes     I knew what I was seeing, and that it was okay for my mother to go.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No           

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     Uncertain      I was and continue to be especially intuitive and sensitive.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     About 1 year later. One person told me that she had experienced something similar when her mother died.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Yes            From the media, I had an idea-but never knew it might happen when a person closest to you dies.

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real    I know it happened - in my gut, in my heart, and in my soul.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?   

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    I know it happened - in my gut, in my heart, and in my soul.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           No      

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No                  

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes