by Carole A. Travis-Henikoff
Passings - Death, Dying and Unexplained Phenomenon
by Carole A. Travis-Henikoff  •  Foreword by Dr. Garniss H. Curtis


"Death: A paradigm shift. Carole Travis-Henikoff has done it again! In her previous work, Dinner With A Cannibal, Carole graciously invites us to take a brave look at our dark easy task. Yet, for those of us who managed to stick with it, there was redemption from shame and a deeper understanding of ourselves. Only after this difficult journey can we begin the evolutionary ascension from our finite animal nature to our infinite potential. NOW, Henikoff, once again, manages to get us through yet another cultural taboo...Death. In her new book, Passings: Death, Dying, and Unexplained Phenomena, she takes us further through this 'dark night of the soul' and into the 'light at the end of the tunnel'. With riveting personal stories and intelligent exploration, she leads us to question our cultural and scientific views CONCERNING death. This is a book about hope written by one who has touched the bottom of the abyss only to rise up, torch in hand, to illuminate the path for the rest of us. Paradoxically delightful, this book is not about death... it's about Life!" "An excellent resource for those of us working in hospice."

 -ROSEMARY SALERNO, MSW, LCSW - Psychotherapist, end-of-life specialist

"I have read your book. It is utterly brilliant, breaking ground in an area where no one has dared to tread before. I can’t think of anyone who has written so relevantly about loss and grieving and death as you have. I wish I had written it. It is very important you get this book published and out there. I have long felt something like this needed to be done. Just look at the front pages of the paper I work for. Every day there are so many deaths reported, so many children. What happens to the people, especially the parents, who are left behind? They are the walking dead, killed but still breathing and forced to try to make a life for themselves."

 -MARY DANIELS - Feature writer for the Chicago Tribune

"...I could go on and on about the various stages of reactions I had to this book. You analyze death and related experiences from many different perspectives, the most important one for me being the science angle. I feel your book should surface sooner rather than later. As baby-boomers age (and I'm one of them) they examine every facet of their current condition as if it had never been experienced by any other generation before them. My point is that baby-boomers are starting to lose parents and siblings and friends to death and they will become fascinated with this new stage of life’s loss and what they are going through."

 -JILL VAN CLEAVE - Food writer and researcher

"So many diverse people loved your book that I believe it must be published. Alan, me, my 82 year-old Mom, Patricia Kahn, and a seventeeen-year-old grand-daughter all loved this book."

 -BARBARA PRATT - Minneapolis

"Passings: Death, Dying, and Unexplained Phenomena by Carole A. Travis-Henikoff I found to be a brilliant fearless look at a forbidden truth in our culture: that no person belongs to any of us, and actually we don't even own ourselves. Our existense is on loan from God or the Universe, whichever you believe in. While there is no escaping it for any of us, death and dying are generally big taboos in our youth-worshipping culture, a strange paradox since we live in such a violent society. All it takes is a glance at the front page of a newspaper or to click on the evening news. Given this, I think Henikoff is an out of the box writer to have tackled the subject and to have done it so well, head-on and from new perspective. She comes by her credentials for doing so by her own losses- five family members including a husband, daughter and father in three years time. She illuminates this journey with the light of her intelligence, the balm of compassion, and the thrilling hope of paranormal experiences."

 -MARY DANIELS - Feature writer for the Chicago Tribune (Mary's second comment from her Amazon review of Passings)

"I found the book fascinating. It is a splendid mix of the personal and the professional and, above all, there are many questions and things to ponder. I found it hard to put down, was amazed by the author's openness, and am trusting of what she reported. I look forward to discussing this with my friends."


"I congratulate you on writing one of the best books I have read in many years. It's personal, it's engaging, and best of all it makes the reader 'tink' about the process of death and dying and that it is not, as you eloquently stated it, a failure to be shunned or ignored. You covered so many areas of death, the process, the aftermath, that I feel like I took a class on it. The ending is very powerful. I was wondering how you would wrap it up. Perfect. Thank you for writing this book. I will try my best to incorporate the lessons I learned from it in the future."


"Carole, I just wanted to let you know that I just finished your incredible new book. With the passing of my mother in January, the stories were particularly poignant. Although I have read Final Gifts several times, this was a whole new take on death and dying. So sorry you have had to lose so many dear ones to make this such an interesting and relevant read. Keep writing."


"I have read Passings – what a journey! Thank you for this gift. The completion of your wonderful book gave me pause. Was I there for you? I think not - but in the ensuing years I have, I hope, become more sensitive, more caring, more outwardly focused. The role I wish to play in other's lives as they deal with death has been redefined. This is good. I shall re-read Passings many times. It will metamorphosize with each passing year – with each poignant moment."

 -NANCY RIDDLE - A long-time friend