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


"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 hope. It is folly to ignore how many people have experiences like those she describes."

 -FATHER ANDREW GREELEY - Priest, sociologist, journalist, and best-selling author

"PASSINGS is 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."

 -JOHN ALLMAN - Neuroscientist, Caltech, an expert on primates, cognition, and evolutionary neuroscience

"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? I put the book down and went over years of patients in my head, recognizing which spouses had suffered while I stood blind. Every doctor should read this book."

 -HARVEY PREISTLER - Former Head of Oncology, Rush Medical University, Chicago

"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."

 -DANIEL BAUXHOEVEDEN - Brain evolution specialist, affiliated faculty member of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina

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

 -ROGER LEWIN - Anthropologist and author of over 20 books, including Origins Reconsidered, Bones of Contention, and Principles of Human Evolution

In the space of just three years, chef Travis-Henikoff (Dinner With a Cannibal) lost five family members: her husband to leukemia; her 80-year-old father to kidney failure; her grieving mother to suicide; her daughter, Kim, to blood clots; and her daughter-in-law to blood disease. Travis-Henikoff’s struggle to accept these painful deaths was helped by a number of paranormal experiences, including Kim’s premonitory dream (dying in a pool of ice water) and, three nights after her death, the appearance of Kim’s spirit in "a thin crackling rod of shimmering white light." After Kim's death, Travis-Henikoff sought out others with stories of loss and the paranormal, finding people who "know, trust and love the sciences, yet fly gracefully through the cosmos of the metaphysical." Travis-Henikoff mines the family lore surrounding her great-grandmother, who held séances, and her own history (including a near-fatal childhood asthma attack), for evidence that she (and her daughter) may have inherited psychic powers; she also considers what she witnessed in the moment of her father and her husband’s deaths. 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.


Passings: Death, Dying, and Unexplained Phenomena is full of visions, unseen presences, pre-cognitive dreams, and other indications that the dead are doing just fine.

...perhaps such experiences are more ordinary than we commonly think. Travis-Henikoff comes to believe that they are. She finds them recorded similarly in many cultures and eras. And once people realize she is open to such stories, almost everybody seems to have one - including rationalists who attribute their experiences to coincidence or stress.

...To point out the difficulties she faces in establishing the scientific reality of what she has seen, she issues this challenge: "You know that the last two minutes of your life happened. Prove it."

Passings is strikingly devoid of theology. Travis-Henikoff does not profess to know where the dead go, how they get there, or who set this system up. She is, in her own way, an empiricist. She knows what she has seen, and she trusts what her friends, relatives, and clients tell her.

Read the full article:  What dreams may come - by Doug Muder

 -DOUG MUDER - Columnist, May 2010