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On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Family | [Elisabeth Kubler-Ross]

On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Family

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross created her classic seminal work, On Death and Dying, to offer us a new perspective on the terminally ill. It is not a psychoanalytic study, nor is it a "how-to" manual for managing death. Rather, it refocuses on the patient as a human being and a teacher, in the hope that we will learn from him or her about the final stages of life.
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Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross created her classic seminal work, On Death and Dying, to offer us a new perspective on the terminally ill. It is not a psychoanalytic study, nor is it a "how-to" manual for managing death. Rather, it refocuses on the patient as a human being and a teacher, in the hope that we will learn from him or her about the final stages of life.

On Death and Dying examines the attitudes of the dying and the factors that contribute to society's anxiety over death. It closely looks at the five stages of death(denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) and how the dying and living deal with them.

In addition, this program offers multi-voice readings of some of the most revealing interviews Dr. Kubler-Ross conducted with her patients. By hearing some of the most intimate and sensitive feelings expressed by those men and women, it is hoped that we may learn more about death and lessen our own anxieties about the natural course of our lives.

At its heart, On Death and Dying is a truly remarkable program about communication, offering insight on how to talk with and listen to the terminally ill, and truly hear their fears, hopes, angers, and anxieties.

©1969 Elisabeth Kubler-Ross; (P)1991, 2000, 2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This presentation of the seminal work in this field may offer new insight even to those who have already read it....They [the unnamed readers] like Bilger, are skillful and work well together. Their voices are well modulated and reflect intensity of emotion without being overdone. The abridgment is smooth, and the transition between narration and dialogue is handled well." (AudioFile)

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    Roman warren, MI, USA 02-19-05
    Roman warren, MI, USA 02-19-05
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    "Death and Dying"

    Although this is recap of a study done in the sixties I would hope that today these attitudes are the norm. Some of the insights were especially touching but, unfortunately we'll all have to experience death and its effects at some time or another. This book would be best utilized by those whose occupation would expose them to the terminally ill.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha New York, NY, United States 04-27-10
    Samantha New York, NY, United States 04-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Stands the test of time"

    Anyone who has experienced loss -- the death of a loved one, the loss of a job -- will benefit from this program. The program was a big help in dealing with the loss of my father. A wonderful production.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-12-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-12-12 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "A very important classic on dying"

    It was good to listen to this abridged recording of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' classic "On Death and Dying." The book is written pastorally with the aim of sensitising and helping members of any of the helping professions to deal with people who face death. Kubler-Ross gives some very important perspectives on the whole matter and helps the listener to understand that dignity and self-worth are of utmost importance when dealing with someone facing death. Also don't beat around the bush.

    I found the book very valuable. While I know the stages of dying as well as grieving, this helped me place this knowledge into perspective.

    The book was superbly narrated by Carol Bilger and for the interview examples other voices was brought in to complement hers.

    This is a well-rounded production of a very important book - one which I highly recommend.



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    Samuel Agana Heights, Guam 02-09-10
    Samuel Agana Heights, Guam 02-09-10
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    "Know Thy Self Whilst Young"

    This audiobook is a splended primer for all people on the subject of death. It takes a kind and soothing look at the topic which most Americans are afraid to examine; our own mortality.

    The book is both an easy read or audio experience. It is written at a level which the common man will feel unafraid to encounter.

    I am a survivor of a Sucide some eight years now . My son attempted twice to complete suicide but we were able to save hi those times. He completed his Sucide 14 December 2002 at age seventeen.

    You have to learn to be able to say the word suicide just like you have to talk with loved ons about your feelings in a death experience

    Every person above the age of reason should avail themselves of the wisdom in this book "On Death and Dying"gives humans You learn Dying is the last process of human life then comes death that carries us beyoun the vale.

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    Eric Carl Singleton Melton West, Victoria Australia 06-05-12
    Eric Carl Singleton Melton West, Victoria Australia 06-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Must Read."
    If you could sum up On Death and Dying in three words, what would they be?

    Frank, forthright and confronting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The writer. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.


    What does Carol Bilger and cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wonderful sensitivity.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't be Afraid.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, well read. It has helped me and many of my friends. It gives you an understanding and assists one's ability to confront perhaps the most frightening topic anyone faces, Death.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nassir Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 06-25-05
    Nassir Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 06-25-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible narration"

    I had to surrender the attempt to listen to this book. The author is a professional doctor, discussing death and its impact, and how a study of it can inform other professional doctors. Death, the message is, should be confronted honestly. The book therefore seems to have been written in an approprietly sober tone. The various narrators, however, read it like it's bad love poetry, all soft and breathy, as if we, as listeners, couldn't handle the topic of death without the scent of roses in the air. That's irony, that is. I couldn't keep from gagging.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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