Yes, the manner of death of the Martyrs is written of, by Pope Paul VI (citing the early Church Martyrs) as an ecstasy second only to that of the supreme joy felt by the Blessed Virgin Mary.
After Mary, we find the expression of the purest and most burning joy -- where the cross of Jesus is embraced with the most faithful love -- among the martyrs, in whom, in the very midst of their torment, the Holy Spirit inspires an impassioned longing for the coming of the Spouse. Dying and seeing heaven open, Saint Stephen is but the first of the innumerable witnesses of Christ. How many there are, in our day still and in many countries, who, risking everything for Christ, could declare with the martyr Ignatius of Antioch: "It is in the fullness of life that I write to you, desiring to die. My earthly desire has been crucified, and there is no more fire in me to love matter. There is only in me a living water that murmurs and says: 'Come to the Father.'"
Pope Paul IV - Gaudete in Domino
and a little under (possibly) the immediate torture and death of the Martyrs is the agonizing passions of the Saints like St. Bernadette and St. Maximilian Kolbe and all the others who suffered with chronic illnesses like tuberculosis. Not to mention the saints who actually miraculously received the wounds of Christ like St. Pio and St. Francis of Assisi and St. Theresa of Avila.
Beyond that, there is the martyrdom of ignominy (phrase I coined - don't look it up), which is shared by the various saints who were wrongly accused and vindicated into sainthood like St. Gerard and St. Joan of Arc.
So, there are numerous brutal paths one can take to be tested by fire, the most direct route happens to be martyrdom, but like St. Francis found out, you can't just always hop in a boat and get martyred!