Her relatives were smiling at her and beckoning her to come with them
Type of Spiritual Experience
Mrs C. remembers with clarity the experience she had when 30 years ago she survived a nearly fatal pneumonia:
It is technically an hallucination – the overlaying of an image on the images received from the eyes, but this does not make it any less of an experience. As she was dying at that point, we have classified this as an NDE.
A description of the experience
Near death experiences - Ornella Corazza
A feeling of great calm came over me for the first time in weeks and I gradually became aware that a number of my dead relatives [my father, aunties and uncles] had gathered around the bottom of my bed. I recognized them all even though they appeared not to have faces. There was a strong light on top of as well as inside the head of each of them.
They were smiling at me and beckoning me to come with them. At first, I thought how nice and peaceful it would be to join them, but suddenly I became very frightened. I was greatly concerned for the welfare of my children in my absence and felt I could not leave them to the care of social services or my mother-in-law, who I did not like. She had not proved herself to be a very caring or loving woman to her own sons so I knew the children would not be loved as I loved them.
At this point, I fought against the decision to join my relatives and shouted out loudly, 'I can't come with you, I have to stay for the children, I can't come yet.' With that, they disappeared but I was by then too afraid to relax again in case they came back and was not able to resist them . . . I truly believe I did experience this event and don't believe I was hallucinating. I have repeated the story on many occasions since and the account never varies, as it is imprinted indelibly' in my mind forever.