- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743266293
- ISBN-13: 978-0743266291
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 435 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss Paperback – June 5, 2007
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"Elisabeth Kübler-Ross left us one last gift, and it's a masterpiece. She and grief expert David Kessler have written a modern classic, the kind of book that all of us will want to keep on our bookshelves because we know it speaks to our deepest hearts." -- Marianne Williamson
"On Grief and Grieving is a heartfelt tribute to all who have lost a loved one from a woman who changed our lives by changing our relationship to death and dying. What a wonderful book Elisabeth and David have written." -- Caroline Myss
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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My father died very suddenly in September, and I spent much of October and November all but inhaling every book on grief and grieving I could find. This was one of the best. Dr. Kubler-Ross is clear, concise in her language, full of empathy and understanding, and outlines the many ways in which grief is hard at first, then harder still later on. Her words were a great comfort to me and I recommend this book highly to those who are grieving.
This book (similarly to other books of Elisabeth) has a crystal clear structure, she highly knows the real nature of the grief and grieving. She exactly knows that every person has - and has to experience - an own, unique grief, there are no two alike. Therefore there is no universal recipe to help us. Just unique love and sympathy, to every unique persons. And this is also highly true: the process is infinite, never in our life could find any "final" relief without pain. Our pain is as infinite as our love of Him and as our loss of Him. But we used to live further accepting this recognition, appreciating our privileged years with Him - and our privileged years nowadays with each other: with my dearest lifemate, dear father of our beloved son, and with my dearest mother. Every minutes living together is a unique precious gift. This book - as the other ones of EKR - teaches us to survive, to love our life AND our death together - they are two "parts" of the same sphere.
Love for Elisabeth to respect every persons' own beliefs. She never wants to "evangelize". She really respects all individualities, she exactly knows that all of us live and think differently, so there is no "one right way" to us. She can though help us with her eternal truths.
After reading this book I'm able to embrace our hardest grief with the other ones in my life, because they are also my parts, as our common joys, happy hours. Our life is so full with sunshine AND clouds AND rainfalls AND devastating storms. This is the fullness of our life-death cycle. "Birth is not a beginning and death is not an ending. They are merely points on a continuum".