Heavenly Hugs: Comfort, Support, and Hope From The Afterlife by Dr. Carla Wills-Brandon is a wonderful book which centralizes the visions of deceased people just prior to death or within hours of having a vision of a deceased person or an angelic presence. Some of these visions have included premonitions of death by people who were otherwise full of life.
The author reports consistent themes at or near the point of death which include the dying getting visitations from dead relatives or friends. People preparing to die can get visitations from people who have recently passed on. Visitations from the deceased are often greeted with surprise and joy. Finally, dying becomes easier when departing visions occur. People have uniformly reported a spark or even a blue light over the body of the person at the precise moment of death.
Osis and Haraldsson conducted major cross-cultural surveys on deathbed observations by physicians and nurses by the thousands concentrating on the years 1959 to 1973. The conclusions are numerous. They include 50% of reported visions from deceased loved ones or famous religious figures. These visions were happening to facilitate dying, as well as to provide an escort for the dying person into the afterlife.
Customarily, dying persons reported an unusual light or energy source according to the author. The deathbed visions included wonderful gardens and great edifaces. The afterlife was described as being populated with angelic beings that glowed brightly. The dying person felt a sense of unity with nature. Lastly, a full three quarters of those studied died within 10 minutes to a few hours after having a vision.
The author provides actual testimony of famous persons just prior to their death. For instance, Frederic Chopin died in the hands of his loving sister moments after she asked him whether or not he was suffering. He said “Not anymore” and died promptly thereafter. Chopin had been suffering for years and was at death’s door more than once. Johann Sebastian Bach composed a musical piece on his deathbed and finished it just in time. Pope Alexander VI stated the following just prior to his death: “All right. All right. I’ll come. Just give it a moment.”
Heavenly Hugs is an excellent book which can give comfort to both the living and the dying. Clearly, the author performed quite a research effort in establishing real life stories of the dying just prior to the moment of death. At the end of the book is an exhaustive list of citations which is ten pages in length.