The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 19, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., is the woman who has transformed the way the world thinks about death and dying. Beginning with the groundbreaking publication of the classic psychological study On Death and Dying, through her many books and her years working with terminally ill children, AIDS patients and the elderly, Kubler-Ross has brought comfort and understanding to millions coping with their own deaths or the deaths of loved ones. Now, facing her own death at age seventy-one, this world-renowned healer tells the story of her life and explores her ultimate truth - death does not exist. Written frankly and with warmth, Kubler-Ross's memoir traces the intellectual and spiritual development of a destiny. "If I am opinionated and independent, " she writes, "if I am stuck in my ways, if I am a little off center, so what? That is me." Her trademark conviction, one that has taken on dogma, prejudice and skepticism, was present as a girl in Switzerland, where the young Elisabeth observed the injustices of the world and vowed to change them. From her work in war-ravaged Poland to her pioneering counseling of the terminally ill, to her legendary seminars on death and dying at the University of Chicago, to her eye-opening discussions with those who had been revived after death, each experience provided Kubler-Ross with a piece of the puzzle. In a culture determined to sweep death under a carpet and hide it there, Kubler-Ross consistently defied common wisdom to bring it into the light and hold it there for us to see and not be afraid. Driven by compassion, undeterred by obstacles, she shows the reader through the story of her remarkable life that free will is our greatest gift and that our goal is spiritual evolution.
 

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Kubler-Ross's landmark On Death and Dying (LJ 7/69) influenced much of today's work with the terminally ill. Now in her 70s and facing her own death, the renowned psychiatrist recounts here the story ... Read full review

Contents

Part Ithe Mouse
19
The Cocoon
21
A Dying Angel
27
My Black Bunny
33
Faith Hope and Love
41
My Own Lab Coat
47
My Promise
55
A Sense of Purpose
61
The Purpose of Life
159
Fame
165
Mrs Schwartz
169
Afterlife
175
Part IIIthe Buffalo
179
Jeffy
181
Life After Death
187
Proof
195

Blessed Soil
67
Butterflies
75
Part IIthe Bear
83
Home for Dinner
85
Medical School
91
Good Medicine
101
Elisabeth KüblerRoss M D
105
Manhattan State Hospital
113
Living Until Death
121
My First Lecture
127
Motherhood
135
On Death and Dying
139
Heart and Soul
147
My Mother
153
Channeling the Other Side
201
Death Does Not Exist
209
My Cosmic Consciousness
217
The Final Home
225
AIDS
233
Healing Waters
239
Part IVthe eagle
249
Service Rendered
251
The Country Doctor
257
Graduation
263
Mannys Signal
269
The Butterfly
275
On Life and Living
283
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Elizabeth Kübler-Ross is a world-renowned medical doctor, psychiatrist and thanatologist known for her work with children and AIDS patients, and she is credited with bringing the hospice movement to the United States. Her work has been translated into twenty languages: Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish and Spanish. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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