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A Glimpse of Heaven: The Remarkable World of Spiritually Transformative Experiences Paperback – December 10, 2012
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About the Author
Carla Wills-Brandon has published 13 books, one of which was a Publishers Weekly best-seller. A licensed marriage and family therapist and grief expert, she has worked with individuals impacted by the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, the bombing of the World Trade Center, Holocaust survivors, and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, among many others. Wills-Brandon is one of the few researchers focused on the departing vision as proof of life after death. Having researched nearly 2,000 such encounters for more than 30 years, she is a sought-after lecturer and has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs.
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She talks a bit about grief and how our western society fears it, downplays it, misunderstands it. In my observation, we treat the grieving like they have leprosy. My husband just recently died, and I have been both attacked viciously or carelessly abandoned by those that I thought cared, including professionals in the field. I felt she would be the perfect person to help me since she looks at grief, death, psychology and the spiritual aspects of life - leaving no stone unturned. The spiritual has both affected my grief - good and bad - and mediums have made it a nightmare. I wrote Dr. Wills-Brandon about my situation and asked about her services. She shared compassionately (a first!) and then recommended her books, "One Last Hug Before I Go: The Mystery and Meaning of Deathbed Visions" and "Learning to Say No: Establishing Healthy Boundaries". I found neither of them relevant to my situation. This frustrated me further with the professional support which I haven't been able to get, but I saw that she had well-rounded intelligent caring thinking, unlike other professionals I've encountered over the years and recently. I wasn't going to give up on her considering she's authored about 10 well-written and thought out books (even though I feel like she gave up on me).
I wish she had recommended "A Glimpse of Heaven" which was both fitting and appropriate for my grief and ADC (after death communication), dreams and my 3 pre-death premonitions the same day that my husband passed. Further, it was confirming because over the years I have had deceased relatives interrupt my dreams to give me messages, call me on the phone to tell other relatives close to them a message, and my own father comfort me with wisdom in rough times of my life as well as forewarn me that he would be taking my estranged mother with him soon - and I received a call waking me up after that dream that my mother was just admitted to the hospital. She died one month later. All were valid and verified messages for the living. Those were just some of the many things I've had over my life. I don't speak about them freely because people react like I'm making up stories, look at me like I grew a third arm, or worse yet, that I am not intelligent, logical and sane enough to discern and take seriously. I do my homework and question everything. It's real, it's happened and it's proven to be beneficial. This book not only validated me but allowed me to relish in all the other people's stories of heavenly encounters.
I like her simple instructions to get visits and messages in your dreams, suggested reading list, footnotes, and recommended educational resources.
I am surprised her books are not easily pulled up by title on Amazon when doing a search. I had to use her name to get her books to come up. I'm further surprised and baffled that her books are not more popular. She's ahead of her time with her rational and holistic view of the human spiritual life experiences. I feel/think it would be an honor and pleasure to meet and talk with her.
While many mental health professionals look askance at such experiences and avoid discussing them, Wills-Brandon, a family therapist, has discovered that by helping the patient explore his or her STE and then embrace it, the patient often adopts a more positive, more accepting, and more loving outlook on life.
"Regardless of this," Wills-Brandon states, referring to the criticism by both mainstream science and orthodox religion, "when an STE brings comfort and healing, it is difficult to keep tightlipped, no matter who is doing the ridiculing"
Wills-Brandon makes a strong case for fully examining, exploring, and embracing spiritual experiences.