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Los Angeles Times Anyone who has experienced the loss of a child would do well to read On Children and Death... Uplifting and inspirational.

The Washington Post An excellent resource.

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684839393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684839394
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The death of a child is a horrific and heartrending moment in a parent's life, a time where no words can be used, because it is totally inexpressible. Yet, somehow, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross does find the words, and she does so by doggedly and mercifully examining children and death. By her own direct involvement as a thanatologist as well as through a series of letters by bereaved parents who have lost children by way of terminal illness, sudden death, murder or suicide, they open their hearts, and in the process of doing so, they reveal psychological and religious elements of their children, premonitions and preparatory acts before acknowledged death to an acute maturity and understanding of themselves and their situations. A role inversion-depending on the age level-frequently happenes, whereby the little patient becomes the comforter for their family who must temporally remain behind in the "cocoon," a most comforting euphemism indeed. Read the story of "Edou" in the segment, The Spiritual Aspects of Work with Dying Children for specific clarity. But what Kubler-Ross stresses is communication, getting the feelings out, not immediately mollifying the topsy-turvey senses with instant self-medication, for more-often-than-not, that can only compound the psychological stresses that can easily fracture with devistating repercussions, as is illustrsted with the examples at the beginning of the book. Also addressed in conjunction with communication and open dialogue is family involvement with the dying process, letting the siblings be exposed to their older or younger brother/sister's dying, unless they make it concretely evident that they are not emotionally ready for that step, which is perfectly fine and understandable.Read more ›
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One of the best books I've ever read, it's in my collection of favorites. So thankful for this book. I first read it because of working in hospice and caring for my own terminally ill son. - I've now sent it to other friends who have lost children (who also said the book was just perfect for them and they wished they "could copy and paste many portions" into their minds and hearts). Again, as with so many of Kubler-Ross' books it's healing, and just beautiful. So thankful for her and her work - I wish more people would get to know it.
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I was leery about reading a book dealing with children and death. This book was sensitive to the issue and the personal stories contained inside were tear jerkers. I found the book to be extremely appropriate to the issue of children and dying. I would recommend this book to anyone who may have to go through this issue.
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By Jude on December 18, 2015
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Only part way through. I've read other Elisabeth Kubler-Ross books and had never seen this one. I have an adult son with a type of brain cancer with a terrible prognosis. I appreciated this book right from the beginning and I've already marked many pages with information I want to be able to access later.
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This book probably saved my life!! I read it over and over after my daughter died following a bone marrow transplant. Thank you Elisabeth Kubler-Ross!! I highly recommend it to anybody who has lost a child!!
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I recently lost my son and I did not find this book to be very helpful (although I'm not sure why), it just didn't speak to me. I will definitely try another book my this author as she comes highly recommended.
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