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“As I have listened to the extraordinary experiences told to me by family members and loved ones of those whose deaths I investigate, I have come to see more than I expected. I have begun to ‘know’ something special is unfolding all around me.”
— from the introduction
Working as a medical examiner, Dr. Janis Amatuzio has found that by listening and talking to loved ones of the deceased, she can offer them a sense of closure. In doing so, she has heard — and here retells — extraordinary stories of spiritual and otherworldly events surrounding the transition between life and death.
As in her first book, Forever Ours, Dr. Amatuzio presents the amazing, heartfelt accounts told to her by grieving family members, patients, doctors, nurses, clergy, and police officers. Along with these stories, she shares her own story — reflecting on the course of her career, the bonds she has formed over the years, the lessons she has learned, and her conclusion that “Everything truly is all right.”
This powerful book honors the mystery of life and death, exploring the realms of visions, synchronicities, and communications on death’s threshold. Told in the voice of a compassionate scientist who sees death every day, these stories eloquently convey the patterns of truth Dr. Amatuzio has found in what she sees and hears. Beyond Knowing explores the wisdom the living might find in these accounts and shows how that wisdom changes lives.
“Real-life mystery stories, beautifully written by a physician trained in the hard science of forensic pathology. I recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered if science has defined life too narrowly. I simply love this book.”
— Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of My Grandfather’s Blessings
“Here’s a puzzle for you: How did a respected pathologist, who deals with autopsies, dead bodies, and mortal remains, come to believe we’re all immortal, right now? To her courage in standing up for this vision — this truth — of who we are, I bow deeply.”
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
“In this latest work, Dr. Amatuzio opens the mysterious interface be-tween life and death. Carefully dissecting stories told to her by families and friends of the newly dead, this consummate investigator uncovers rich insights that heal the heart and illuminate the spirit. With kindness and candor, the compassionate coroner translates these extraordinary death narratives into lessons for the living.”
— Kathleen McMonigal, MD, pathologist, Aerospace Medicine, Houston
“If you want to open your mind, read this book and truly begin the journey of life, which does not end with death.”
— Bernie S. Siegel, MD, author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul