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Experience description:  

I was about 40 years old. My mother was already two weeks in a deep coma after a lung embolism and we expected her death any day. I visited my mother in the intensive care room of a hospital several times during the coma. It was the night from Friday to Saturday and a visit to the hospital was planned for Saturday. I planned to go alone to the hospital because my wife had to stay with our son, about 6 years old at the time. At about 4 am, sleeping next to my wife, I woke up after a short dream.

In the dream my mother was sitting in a meadow, beautiful warm summer day, and my brother and me were running towards her and she received as in her arms.

My mother appeared in the dream as a young women, like she looked when I was a small child, and I remembered during the dream how she looked at that long ago time (about 1953 or 1954). Me and my brother were about 4 and 2 years old in the dream and my mother looked as she should have looked at that time. We three were very happy in the short dream. The carefree happiness of a small child, content with running towards the mother and being taken into her arms. My second brother was not yet born at the time depicted during the dream. My two brothers a still alive today. My father died 9 years before my mother.

After I woke up and remembered the short dream I was strangely relaxed and could fall asleep again after some minutes. We then got up as usual on a Saturday (a bit later than during the week) and I arrived as planned at the hospital at about 10 am. The doctor told me that my mother died in the early hours of the day.  The moment the doctor told me I was pretty sure that my mother died at the moment I had the short dream at 4 am. I have no proof that there is a relation between my short dream at 4 am and her death at around 4 am at that day.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  No

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?            Yes

I was taken into the arms of my mother.

           
Was the touch familiar or unfamiliar?   As she always did when I was a small child.

            Was anything communicated by the touch?  I felt save and happy.

           
Is there any possibility what you felt was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?  My wife was sleeping next to me, it could be possible that she touched me, but when I woke my wife was still asleep and I did not wake her up because it was 4 am.

Did you see the deceased?         Yes

My mother appeared in the short dream as a young women, like she looked when I was a small child, and I remembered during the dream how she looked at that long ago time (about 1953 or 1954)

           
How clearly did the deceased appear?            Completely like in real life (like she looked in 1953 or 1954 when I was 3 to 4 years old)

           
How much of the deceased did you see?       I saw her sitting in the grass of a meadow that sloped gently downhill. I had the impression that I was familiar with that particular place but could not recall it. It was probably a place near the village in the country side where I lived as a child.

           
Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?       She appeared to be a young women, like she looked when I was a small child, and I remembered during the dream how she looked at that long ago time (about 1953 or 1954)

           
How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            Completely healthy and free of worry.

           
Is there any possibility what you saw was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           no

Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?      No

How long did the experience last?        A short dream before waking at 4 am

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         A short dream with no dream before or afterwards. I woke up and remembered the short dream. The duration of the happening in the dream in real life would be no more than 5 to 10 seconds.

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           Yes

In the dream my mother was happy, relaxed and smiled like being content.

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  I had forgotten how young she looked when I was a small child and this image came back to me during the dream and I have not forgotten it since.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience?           Experience was probably real

            Please explain why you view the reality of your experience as real or not real:          During the dream I felt as I felt as a little child when I ran into the arms of my mother. And I remembered (also after the dream, till today) how she looked when she was a young women. I had forgotten how she looked when young, because at the time of her death she was "grandmother", an old lady.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes

I was a short dream before waking at 4 am.

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           The carefree happiness of a small child, content with running towards the mother and being taken into her arms.

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?           Yes

I was less sad and less worried about the grave illness of my mother.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      I was briefly very happy, the carefree happiness of a small child. There was no bad part in the dream or afterwards.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No

What other attitudes and beliefs about your experience do you currently have?        
 
Other belief 
I think that it was some sort of message when she died, something like "it is not so bad, I was very happy with you and your brother"


Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   No

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            No

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was strangely relaxed and less sad.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           No

Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased?            Yes

One of my two brothers was also present in the dream as a small child (as he was at the time which the dream depicted, 1 year younger than me, about two years old at that time, my second brother not yet born).

Did you see a light?           Uncertain

In the dream it was a sunny and warm summer day.

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?            No

Have you shared this experience with others?        

Yes

My wife believed me. The only friend to whom I told the dream did not believe me and said it was just a dream because I was worried about the coma of my mother.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   No

Were there any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?            No

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

Did you ever in your life have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual event?           No 

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