On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 19, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 235 pages
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Shortly before her death in 2004, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, her collaborator, completed the manuscript for this, her final book. On Grief and Grieving is a fitting completion to her work. Thirty-six years and sixteen books ago, Kübler-Ross's groundbreaking On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Now On Grief and Grieving will profoundly influence the way we experience the process of grief.
On Death and Dying began as a theoretical book, an interdisciplinary study of our fear of death and our inevitable acceptance of it. It introduced the world to the now-famous five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the process of grieving and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, all based on Kübler-Ross's and Kessler's professional and personal experiences, and is filled with brief, topic-driven stories. It includes sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, coping, children, healing, isolation, and even the subject of sex during grief.
"I know death is close," Kübler-Ross says at the end of the book, "but not quite yet. I lie here like so many people over the years, in a bed surrounded by flowers and looking out a big window....I now know that the purpose of my life is more than these stages....It is not just about the life lost but also the life lived."
In one of their final writing sessions, Kübler-Ross told Kessler, "The last nine years have taught me patience, and the weaker and more bed-bound I become, the more I'm learning about receiving love."
On Grief and Grieving is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's final legacy, one that brings her life's work profoundly full circle.
  

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Review: On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss

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I read On Grief and Grieving for a couple of reasons. One, my husband and I have experienced a handful of significant losses in the past two years and we're both still dealing with the effects of that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne Falter - Goodreads

Profound ... I read this shortly after my daughter died and it was a fantastic guide to the intricate, complicated, uncertain world of grief. God Bless Elizabeth Kubler Ross! Read full review

Contents

Anticipatory Grief
1
The Five Stages of Grief
7
DENIAL
8
ANGER
11
BARGAINING
17
DEPRESSION
20
ACCEPTANCE
24
The Inner World of Grief
29
DREAMS
52
HAUNTINGS
55
ROLES
58
THE STORY
62
FAULT
66
The Outer World of Grief
115
Specific Circumstances
159
The Changing Face of Grief
203

RELIEF
31
EMOTIONAL REST
33
REGRETS
38
TEARS
42
ANGELS
47
My Own Grief
209
My Own Grief
217
The Gift of Grief
227
Acknowledgments
233
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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, [1926–2004] was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, humanitarian, and co-founder of the hospice movement around the world. She was also the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, which first discussed The Five Stages of Grief. Elisabeth authored twenty-four books in thirty-six languages and brought comfort to millions of people coping with their own deaths or the death of a loved one. Her greatest professional legacy includes teaching the practice of humane care for the dying and the importance of sharing unconditional love. Her work continues by the efforts of hundreds of organizations around the world, including The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation: EKRFoundation.org.

David Kessler is the coauthor of Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living. On his own, he is the author of The Needs of the Dying, which received praise from Mother Teresa and has been translated into eleven languages. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of hospice and palliative care.

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