From dream research and global belief systems to such unexplained phenomena as bright lights, prescient dreams, near-death and out-of-body experiences, Passings delves into every aspect of the end of life. Taking a scientific and anthropological approach, Carole A. Travis-Henikoff looks at 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, Travis-Henikoff includes both her own personal experiences with the end of life as well as the stories of others who help illustrate the striking realities of passing. Beginning with the many deaths that occurred during Travis-Henikoff’s childhood, Passings moves into an up-close-and-personal look at the tragic three-and-a-half-year period when Travis-Henikoff lost her father, husband, grandmother, mother, and daughter.
By combining the personal, the scientific, and the unexplained, Passings offers a comprehensive investigation into the end of life that allows readers to both examine their own individual beliefs about the subject and to gain a better understanding about how we as a species cope with death and dying.
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About the Author
Carole A. Travis-Henikoff is the author of Dinner with a Cannibal , which was honored by Choice magazine as one of its “Outstanding Academic Titles” of 2008. As an independent scholar specializing in paleoanthropology, she has worked with the Getty Conservation team on the preservation of artifacts at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, and participated in an archeological dig alongside J. Desmond Clark, Tim White, Nicholas Toth, and Kathy Schick under the auspices of the Institute of Human Origins. She sits on the board of directors for the Stone Age Institute, and has given lectures on paleoanthropology at Loyola University (Chicago) and Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). She divides her time between Chicago, Illinois, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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. He lives in Berkeley, California.
What People are Saying About This
Anyone who reads this book will live in a larger universe than they did before. (Kim Fadiman)
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 Buxhoventon, 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, author, Bones of Contention,Origins Reconsidered, and Principles of Human Evolution)
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? (Harvey Priesler, former head of oncology, Rush Medical University)
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 bestselling author)
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. (Sebastian Fetscher, MD, Frieburg University Medical Center, Germany)
An important book ... 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, California Institute of Technology)