On Grief and Grieving

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Shortly before her death in 2004, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, her collaborator, completed the manuscript for this, her final book. On Grief and Grieving is a fitting completion to her work. Thirty-six years and 16 books ago, Kübler-Ross' groundbreaking On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Now On Grief and Grieving will profoundly influence the way we experience the process of grief. 

On Death and Dying began as a theoretical book, an interdisciplinary study of our fear of death and our inevitable acceptance of it. It introduced the world to the now-famous five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the process of grieving and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, all based on Kübler-Ross' and Kessler's professional and personal experiences, and is filled with brief, topic-driven stories. It includes sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, coping, children, healing, isolation, and even the subject of sex during grief. 

"I know death is close", Kübler-Ross says at the end of the book, "but not quite yet. I lie here like so many people over the years, in a bed surrounded by flowers and looking out a big window.... I now know that the purpose of my life is more than these stages.... It is not just about the life lost but also the life lived." 

In one of their final writing sessions, Kübler-Ross told Kessler, "The last nine years have taught me patience, and the weaker and more bed-bound I become, the more I'm learning about receiving love." On Grief and Grieving is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's final legacy, one that brings her life's work profoundly full circle.

©2005 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Profoundly valuable

My father died very suddenly and I found all the emotions overwhelming, this book has really changed all the chaos into some meaningful process that I can now allow and understand.

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Comforting and enlightening

After losing my husband of 20 years, I was lost and overwhelmed. This book helped me to understand what I was feeling and to resist labeling my grief and trying to explain how I feel to friends and family.

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Supportive book. Required reading for the soul and spirit to heal.

Excellent book, it is filled with love and kindness. It is totally supportive, soothing, compassionate and understanding, and is the magic tool to help begin to grieve our great and tremendous losses in life...thank you.

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Profound understanding about grief

This book is the best to understand grief thoroughly I have ever read. It describes the pain I am going though and I am not along. It touched all my nerves with sympathy. It assured me i can never get over the pain, but carry it over, although I missed my dad badly.

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Great listen

I am glad I purchased this book. It gave some
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One of the most helpful grief books

I’ve listened to this right after “it’s ok that you’re not ok” by Megan Devine. While the latter is a good book to recommend to people who are looking in to grief, I find that this is far more helpful in the audio format.

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A healing balm for a heart aching from loss

Full of insight and helpful stories, this book was just what I needed in my grief.

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Ross, a prescient author of life's great questions

a book recommendation from the Tim Ferriss shown. incrediblely poignant audiobook given the current state of the world, however i feel a sense of relief from the message. What a gift to become more aware of grief and grieving. I have a sense of calm and hopefulness from the message.

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Currently grieving

This book helped me heal more than I thought it would have. I lost my paternal grandmother a couple of months ago, but she was also a mom to me as well since my biological mother left when I was 13. I have never felt a pain so intense in my life. This book made me process my emotions better and is definitely worth the time to listen.

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Helpful and real

My husband and I have endured alot of loss in a short amount of time and this book really helps to put things into perspective.

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  • 07-29-20

Helpful

This book was recommended to me as I struggled to accept the stagnant feeling of grief. The steps or stages of grief are explained and even though I bought the hard copy book, I lacked the concentration levels to actually read it so Audible books came to mind and it really helped having it read to me. I can’t say I feel better, I am grieving and will be for a while. But, I do accept the path I’m on, the feelings, emotions and stress that I have daily are easier to accept when you can understand why you are feeling this way. I recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t grieved or is struggling with grief.

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  • MB
  • 06-04-20

Thought provoking

Didn't really find the book interesting but nonetheless it made me think about a range of situations and possibilities. At one point it felt that there was too many references to religion, which I found somewhat off putting, however this didn't not continue throughout the whole book. Introduction to the concept of the five stages of a loss was a key part and can be read as a standalone piece for those who do not want to read the full book.

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  • Darren Meadows-Jackson
  • 01-11-20

Brilliant.

This is a great book. As a student counsellor I found this book very informative, very interesting and educative.

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  • S. P.
  • 04-07-19

Excellent book for anyone who is grieving.

Excellent book to read anyone who is grieving or wants to learn about grieving to support others. This book has helped me to understand my own grieving.