Should you shield…

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


born in Zürich, Switzerland July 08, 1926
died: August 24, 2004
gender: female
genre: Nonfiction, Health, Mind & Body

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, a pioneer in Near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969), where she first discussed what is now known as the Kübler-Ross model. In this work she proposed the now famous Five Stages of Grief as a pattern of adjustment. These five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. In general, individuals experience most of these stages, though in no defined sequence, after being faced with the reality of their impending death. The five stages have since been adopted by many as applying to the survivors of a loved one’s death, as well.

She is a 2007 inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She was the recipient of twenty honorary degrees and by July 1982 had taught, in her estimation, 125,000 students in death and dying courses in colleges, seminaries, medical schools, hospitals, and social-work institutions. In 1970, she delivered the The Ingersoll Lectures on Human Immortality at the University of Harvard, on the theme, On Death and Dying


12 thoughts on “Should you shield…

  1. What a great teacher.

  2. We used her book in our high school “Death And Dying” class.

  3. I heard her lecture. She was a remarkable and wonderful woman. She left us with a legacy of compassion and knowledge. Can’t really ask for more than that.

  4. I haven’t read her work and would like to since you posted this. I see going through theses stages as I’ve been on my spiritual transformation as well as when my husband physically left here, which have happened during the same time.

    • Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
      – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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