Passings by P-IndependentPublis


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Author: Carole A. Travis-Henikoff
Other: Garniss H. Curtis
Table of Contents

I. First Impressions
II. Almost There
III. Near-Death Experiences
IV. Passings
I. Two Men
II. Aftermath
III. Cancer
IV. Another Piece Of The Puzzle
V. Endings
I. The Stair Scrubber
II. My Mother Caroline
III. The Law
IV. Suicide
I. My First Born
II. The Park
III. A Moment to Remember
IV. Radiant Energy
V. Dreaming Our Dreams
VI. Grieving
I. Mind Stuff
II. Dimensions
III. Aftershock
IV. Death’s Parameters
V. The Long View

From dream research and global belief systems to extraordinary occurrences such as near death and
out-of-body experiences, this fascinating study delves into every aspect of death. Taking a scientific and
anthropological approach, this examination focuses on how other cultures deal with death, how diverse
kinds of death are treated differently, and how belief systems set the tone for grieving. In addition to the
use of science and anthropology, this analysis includes the author’s own personal experiences as well as
other stories that illustrate the striking realities of passing. Beginning with the many losses that occurred
during the author’s childhood, this recollection moves into an up-close-and-personal look at the tragic
three-and-a-half year period during which she lost her daughter, father, husband, grandmother, and
mother. By combining personalized accounts with the scientific and the uncanny, this intriguing overview
offers up a comprehensive investigation into the end of life, exploring individual beliefs and encouraging a
better understanding of how the human species copes with death and dying.


Woody Allen said he didn't mind the thought of dying; he just didn't want to be there when it happened.
You can put your hands down. Most of us feel the same way.

Death frightens and fascinates us, often in porportion to our belief systems, setup from a lifetime of
learning and societal input. But the basic fear of death is innate within us all. That fear helps to keep us
alive. It makes us look before crossing the street.Nevertheless, death stands silently in the corners of our
lives, constant, yet ignored or forgotten. For most, death (and the act of dying) is a topic to be avoided.
Many view death as an option, believing modern medicine to be capable of curing and fixing all. Nut when
we deny death with erroneous attitudes, we also shun death by finding its mention impolite or too
emotionally charged to be spoken of in public. Even in the privacy of our homes death is rarely discussed
with any real degree of honesty. Yet everything dies. Every known living organismdies. Mountain ranges,
rivers, stars, even galaxies die. As with life, death is a natural process inherent within our universe.Death
is a deep and amazing subject surrounded by fascinating experiences and meaningful moments that
touch and affect our lives. Death is also a powerful, emotional teacher that often pushes us through
knotnoles none would approach on his own volition. In this book, I will attempt to take you through many
such narrow spaces to the serenity and understanding that lies beyond. It is not an easy ride but worth
the trip.Passings is not laid out in a preplanned, formulaic fashion so as to take the reader from part A to
part B and so on. Rather, it is life as lived in its rawest form. There are no false punches or platitudes
within.Passings approaches W.C. Fields's "man in the long white nightgown" in the order directed by the
Queen of Hearts:"Start at the beginning, go to the end, then stop." And so it is that the multiple deaths
detailed in Passings are presented in chronological order. A benefit arises from this in that Passings
takes readers back to their childhood, to the time when they first percieved death and reconciled its
seeming finality in accordance with perceptions elicited by the experience and the beliefs of their society.
After crawling through early memories, pondering wonderous things and examining what science can tell
us, the reader can stand and walk with less trepidation through the book's often difficult labyrinth.If my
story were simply to let you know and understand more about death, the many forms it takes and the
complexities of healing, I would have quite a tale to tell, but woven within the threads of every death were
anomolous occurences that my pragmatic, science-loving brain couldn't explain. And so my quest was
set.Science, with its logical, narrow paradigm, is totally incapable of looking into dimensions that appear
to be contrary to the three known dimensions of our world, and the fourth dimension, time, which fills the
imaginations of our minds...and that's all right. As far as we've come, we still have a long way to go. So it
is that Passings explores many deaths, intense human emotions and mind-bending occurences
universally experienced in proximity to death, all encompassed within a cocoon of research.
Author Bio
Carole A. Travis-Henikoff
Carole A. Travis-Henikoff is a businesswoman, a rancher, and an independent scholar specializing in the
study of human origins. She is the author of Dinner with a Cannibal and Star Food Revisited. She lives in
Chicago and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Garniss H. Curtis
Dr. Garniss H. Curtis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University
of California, Berkeley and Founder of the Berkeley Geochronology Center. A colleague of the late Louis
Leakey, in 1961 he determined the age (1.85 my) of the famous Zinjanthropus fossil which rocked the
anthropological world. Over the next few decades Dr. Curtis has made many additional contributions to
the chronology of human evolution. He lives in Berkeley, California.

"Whatever readers believe regarding death and the supernatural, Travis-Henikoff's tender, wise memoir of
love, grief and truth-seeking will help them accept death as an affirmation of life's value."

"I think your book is very important. The wealth of your extraordinary experiences will help many."

"Passings has helped me greatly to understand the incredible and all too often underestimated power of
the mind in controlling our mental, psychological, and physical well-being—even and especially in the
proximity of death."

"An important book and should be published for all of those who struggle through the experience of death
without anything to guide them through the storms of conflicting emotions."

"You have integrated incredible times of reality with experiences we have yet to understand or replicate.
And you have kept your head above the waters. I have never read anything to match it."

“Carole Travis-Henikoff’s fascinating story raises questions and mysteries, the kinds of questions that
modern science is often afraid to acknowledge and the kinds of mysteries that both scare us and give us

“Here is the other side of cancer. I could see, for the first time, the mates and caregivers of my leukemia
patients. I had never paid them any attention and so many of them were in worse shape than the patient.
I will never again treat only my patients. How could I not have noticed?”

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