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Book Review: Heavenly Hugs: Comfort, Support, and Hope From The Afterlife by Dr. Carla Wills-Brandon

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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.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.