A Woman to Know: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I always say that death can be one of the greatest experiences ever. If you live each day of your life right, you have nothing to fear. — Elisabeth


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's "On Death and Dying" revolutionized American hospice care. When I say "revolutionized," I really mean "created a movement that had at that point in 1969 entirely ceased to exist." In an America without Elisabeth's five stages of grief — repeat them with me: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance — terminally ill patients were hospitalized with little to no road map on, frankly, how to die.

Kubler-Ross changed that. Her books, her work in palliative counseling, her conversations with doctors, patients and survivors and more paved a road for recovery — from denial to acceptance, of course.

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