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On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss Paperback – Jun 5 2007


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (June 5 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743266293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743266291
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Danute Cekauskas, LCSW TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 12 2011
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When my father died of aortic stenosis four years ago today, I was devastated. I had not anticipated my loss to be felt as intensely, for my grief to be so deeply experienced, so raw and debilitating. Having been a Masters-degreed level social worker for 28 years I knew, however, that reading books about grieving, seeking out grief counseling and attending bereavement groups would be profoundly healing experiences for me. Dr Kubler-Ross's and David Kessler's book On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Losswould be the sixth book on grieving that I would read and it turned out to be the most helpful. Their stating "we believe with all our hearts that even in death, our loved one still exists..and that "the body is just a coat, a suit of clothes that we wear during our lifetime...a shell, a cocoon..." helped me like you would not believe. I had suffered a great deal of guilt about not being as helpful and supportive to my father as I wish I could have been in his final days. The book touched my core by giving me permission to forgive myself, that regret is a part of loss and that "no matter how much you did for your loved one, how much you cared for them and loved them, there will always be something else." The book concludes that "the pain of loss is so intense, so heartbreaking BECAUSE in loving we deeply connect with another human being and grief is the REFLECTION of the connection that has been lost. Grief is the healing process that ultimately brings us comfort in our pain. That pain and our love are connected forever. To avoid the pain of loss would be to avoid the love and life we shared.Read more ›
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When my father passed away suddenly a few years ago, I just couldn't process it. It was the first time anyone close to me had ever passed away, and I was feeling all these strange feelings, and thinking all these strange thoughts, and I just couldn't process it. This book helped me through it. It helped me understand that everything I was feeling and thinking was completely normal, and it helped me heal by helping me experience my grief fully. It helped me to stop being afraid of the grief and walk though it - experience it fully. Only by walking through it can you truly start down the path of healing.

Since then, I have shared this book with everyone I know who has lost a loved one, and each person has truly appreciated it. It's a great tool for yourself, if you are grieving, or as a gift for a friend or family member. I hope this review allows this book to reach more people. It's truly an amazing book.
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By hwhissell on July 5 2011
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I received this book from a friend when my husband passed away suddenly 3 months ago. It had many aha moments as well as "I said that' moments which helped me cope with the tragedy of losing a loved one. This book is a must read not only for those who have lost someone but for those dealing with friends or relatives who have lost someone. It is such a valuable book that I purchased 3 more to give to my children and a friend to help them cope with their loss as well. From words to never say to someone who has suffered a loss to understanding the steps we need to go through - everyone should read it.
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Having read Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's book 'On Death and Dying while in University in the 70 ties, I chose On Grief and Grieving, by Ross, and David Kessler, on speculation, as a gift for my cousin whose husband passed away about 6 weeks ago.

My cousin emailed me when she was about a third o the way through the book, thanking me, and advising me that she found the book very helpful, because it covered, and explained a lot of the emotion and loss she was feeling.
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This is a powerful book, and really helps portray the stages of grief. It is a difficult life passage. Everyone has to face living and dying at some point in their lives. Everyone does it differently, and your feelings are not wrong, they simply are...
Recognizing them, and knowing that others face them, is an important stage on the road to recovery.
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