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Heavenly Hugs: Comfort, Support, and Hope From the Afterlife Paperback – November 22, 2012
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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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In her 2000 book, "One Last Hug Before I Go," Dr. Wills-Brandon cited some of the best case studies by Barrett, Flammarion, and Osis, but added her own interesting, intriguing, and informative research, including several very convincing personal experiences. In this book, she adds stories gathered over the dozen years since the publication of her 2000 book. She estimates that she has now collected and researched nearly 2000 of what she now prefers to call departing visions and visitations.
"I started having departing visions and after-death communications when I was just 15," she relates early in the book. "These treasured experiences continue to this day. When blessed with such contact I'm reassured that love never ends. With no fear of death, I now understand dying is just part of the journey to the next adventure." One of her most interesting personal accounts involved her mother-in-law, a scientifically-minded professor who let her know right away that she had no time for such "superstitious nonsense." Yet, on her deathbed, the mother-in-law carried on a conversation with her deceased husband. "...the more she talked the more relaxed she became," Wills-Brandon observed. "She even seemed less anxious about leaving us and joining Pop in the afterlife."
Wills-Brandon has collected many departing vision accounts from nurses and doctors. One nurse told of attending to a dying boy who, after two weeks of being almost motionless in bed, sat straight up and exclaimed that "She's here!" When the nurse asked who he saw, the boy said, "The pretty lady. Not my mommy." His smile continued beyond his last breath.
Chapter 8 offers some historical accounts of departing visions and dying words, including those of Pope Alexander VI, composer Johann Sebastian Bach, President John Adams, and composer Frederic Chopin.
Wills-Brandon points out that she has seen her fair share of clients who were suffering from hallucinations and that they are nothing like departing visions. Nor are drug-induced delusions similar. In fact, dying persons who are not on pain medication of any kind often have departing visions.
In Chapter 10, she discusses "the light after life," what some believe is the soul leaving the body. It is now often referred to as "soul mist." An anesthesiologist is quoted, describing it as "a dazzling misty-blue light that came right out of the body," after which it floated upward and then seemed to dissolve like a stream into nothing. A nurse is quoted as seeing a "beautiful silvery and blue light" emerge after the patient took his last breath, stating that she has since seen the phenomenon many times. Another person described it as "a white vapor that whooshed above."
As might be expected, Wills-Brandon has encountered her share of resistance, rejection and ridicule over her years of research. She says that the media has portrayed her as some sort of "flake." However, because she feels certain that such experiences can greatly resolve issues of grief and loss in a healing manner, and because there are limited resources in the field, she tenaciously continues with her research, counseling, and writing. "I carry on by sharing my afterlife accounts with not only the bereaved, but with confused experiencers," she explains. "Talking openly about my own otherworldly contacts is ofter more powerful than all of my professional grief resolution techniques combined. After sharing, I can see the stress, fear, and confusion melt away. Those I talk with eventually understand we don't die alone; death isn't frightening, and consciousness survives. Hope replaces distress, and healing begins."
This book clearly meets what I call the Four I's: Interesting, Informative, Intriguing, and Inspirational.
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In her most recent book, Carla Wills-Brandon pulls back the veil of secrecy from what are called "death bed visions."Read more