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The Wheel of Life

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On Life and Living Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., is the woman who has transformed the way the world thinks about death and dying. Beginning with the groundbreaking publication of the classic psychological study On Death and Dying and continuing through her many books and her years working with terminally ill children, AIDS patients, and the elderly, Kübler-Ross has brought ...more
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Published October 16th 2012 by Scribner (first published January 25th 1994)
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Sheri
Sep 14, 2012 Sheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it very difficult to give a review of this book. I tore through it at a crazy pace and found a lot of truth in it. As a parent who lost a child to cancer, Dr Kubler-Ross has always been a voice I have respected and appreciated since his death. Her words and work have been pathways of healing for so many of us. Most of the book is interesting and informative. I found myself pondering her writing with pen in hand, at times underlining or marking passages that particularly spoke to me and of ...more
Jennifer
Dec 17, 2011 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
oh dear! This autobiography-memoir of a Swiss doctor and researcher into the process of dying started out mildly interesting as Ms. Kubler grows up, became fascinating in the middle chapters as Dr. Ross's medical career finds its focus, occasionally took a turn towards the truly inspiring and profound, as one would expect from someone who works with and shows great compassion for dying persons of all ages and social situations.....(by this point I have started to recommend it to friends, and mar ...more
Denise
Nov 16, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es el tercer libro que leo de Elisabeth Kübler-Ross y sigo quedando encantada con sus relatos. Es un verdadero deleite leer a ésta gran mujer, madre de la Tanatología. El libro es una memoria sobre su vida. Me maravilló leer todos los acontecimientos históricos que le tocó presenciar y como los vivió. Desde pequeña tenía un llamado para ayudar a otros y fue fiel a si misma hasta el final a pesar de encontrar oposición a sus ideas y acciones repetidamente. Me sigue impresionando la intoleran ...more
Anietra
May 29, 2009 Anietra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a friend and I rejected it. He was so adamant that I should read it that he gave it to me as a late bday gift. It's one of the most meaningful gifts I've received. This book is not just a memoir of the phenomenal life of Elizabeth Kubler Ross but it's a guide. A guide to how one should live their life. Shared by the woman who was an expert on death and dying, her greatest discovery - death means nothing if you live your life to the fullest. PLEASE read this book!
Helen
Nov 17, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ken
Nov 27, 2015 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating and wonderfully written memoir by a truly fascinating woman who is not only a psychiatrist deeply committed to understanding not only death but life with the curiosity of a Mystic, but the passion of an Activist. I would heartily recommend this to anyone deeply curious to know more about human life and it's meaning.

I am a physician and surgeon who has been told he is a psychiatrist as well. I am passionate about matters of the soul, and this was a rich experience of Psyche,
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Sandy
Apr 08, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-growth
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - we all know her from the five stages of grief. But what a life she lived! So much experience packed into a life! Her memoir is honest and open. She writes about her early years--including the good times and the traumas, her work with every kind of patient--from a country doctor in Switzerland to a psychiatric ward in NYC to her life's work with terminally ill patients. Readers will hear her frustration with the US medical beauracracy as well as her entry into the 1980s So ...more
Kristin
Started reading for a psych project, kept reading because I really need to pass that psych project...

What a fascinating woman - though I'm not sure I would have enjoyed knowing her! I think I would feel incredibly guilty for not living life as fully, or finding and devoting myself to a cause as single-mindedly, as she did. Also, to be honest, I might have lost patience with some of her New Age-ier ideas. She packed a lot of experiences into her 78 years and whether you agree or disagree with her
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Alejandra C
Dec 22, 2011 Alejandra C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psicología
Me gusto la forma en que la autora relata su vida, como te da a entender no solo la muerte sino también la vida; como uno cree que debe evitar la muerte cuando está no es más que un paso más de la vida. Algo que todavía no asimilo muy bien fue esas cosas místicas de las hadas, los espíritus, las mesas que contestan, a pesar que ella lo relata como parte de su vida tampoco logro comprender los sucesos que relataba la gente que "regresaba de la muerte" y la señal de Manny, aún así creo en su enseñ ...more
Ana Paula Gonzalez Toledo
Me da pena, la manera en la que se psicotizó! y nadie pudo deternela de publicar esto, como la detienes si ella era "la psiquiatra", creo que su marido lo intentó, leer este libro me dió miedo pues yo tambien soy humano y tambien soy psiquiatra y sé lo vulnerables que todos somos a la enfermedad mental, pero me aterroriza más que la gente tenga tan poca educación en salud mental que en vez de detectar una enfermedad grave como la que padeció la Dra. Ross, sean seguidores fieles de lo que a todas ...more
Callie
Jul 28, 2009 Callie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy book! She is a character! ...starts out with all her service experiences in Europe, adventures and you are thinking this woman is like another Mother Theresa, then her work on death and dying--she's a very venerable and compassionate doctor (she is the one who first described the grieving process shock, denial, bargaining, depression, acceptance)--then she gets into near death experiences--she was a pioneer in that field as well, and I'm still with her and THEN all of a sudden she's ...more
Wendy
Jun 26, 2009 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Totally beyond ridiculous. If this book brings someone a sense of peace, I guess that's great, but it's loaded with the most bullshit-sounding naive wishful thinking I ever laid eyes on. Fairies? Fairies! She includes evidence for fairies. Need I say more? Kubler-Ross was an amazingly kind human-being and had I known her personally, I probably would have adored her. Professionally however... she wrote about FAIRIES... I don't know what she died from, but this book provides evidence that the poor ...more
Kevin Love
Oct 16, 2014 Kevin Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful! Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has joined my pantheon of heros. Her courage, compassion, integrity, and will power was very inspiring. I don't consider myself a cry-er but this book had the water works in full effect. Regardless of whether or not you believe her paranormal experiences, this women always followed her heart and overcame seemingly insurmountable odds.
Luis Miguel
Nov 11, 2011 Luis Miguel added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Luis Miguel by: Lazaro kaler
Al fallecer un amigo, otro me sugirio la lectura de este.
Hay pasajes emotivos como el de la "tierra polaca bendita".
Leído el libro, tengo otro punto de vista sobre la muerte. El ser humano necesita llegar en paz consigo mismo a ese momento. Cuando un moribundo solicita algo no podemos esperar a considerarlo. Él sabe que el momento está próximo.
Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
El primero de los libros que me introdujeron al mundo de la "Logoterapia" y la busqueda del sentido en la vida. Formo parte de mi Diplomado Auto-Didacta en Tanatologia y los procesos de Duelo. Morir no es tan grave, es solo una etapa mas de la vida. Gracias a mi papa por "olvidar" estos libros cerca de mi librero. Muy recomendable cuando alguien ha sufrido una perdida.
Ashley Vidal
Sep 30, 2015 Ashley Vidal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth kubler-Ross had and will always be my hero.
Tee Minn
Apr 21, 2013 Tee Minn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a life. I want to read what she read after this as it isn't her last book.
Rosbel
Jul 10, 2017 Rosbel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tough book to review, I was really intrigued and read it in just a couple of days... I admire Elisabeth's life, and how she grew up and made decisions while still figuring out who she was / what she wanted to be.
I also believe in many of her ideas, especially about serving, love and living life to its fullest. However many aspects and beliefs of her adult life are just hard to understand, and I'm not sure I want to... so I just keep the positive, for some reason this book reached my h
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Anat Levi
Feb 14, 2017 Anat Levi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is for those familiar with Ross' books and theory for those interested in the psychological development of leading innovative thinkers, and for those interested in the question of the after life.
katemfs
Feb 01, 2011 katemfs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one day.

Things that worked for me:

1. The signature (and very swiss) tone of assertive humility. ha. There were moments that it walked the line of self-aggrandizement but in reality, I think Kubler-Ross is being fair and humble. She doesn't start the memoir explaining that she is perfect or more evolved than anyone else. I see the basis for critics who felt like the narrator's tone was obnoxiously faux-humble, but I don't agree with it. If the writer were American, I think it woul
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John Glass
A great book packed with nuggets of gold. And I say this in spite of--perhaps even because of the fact that-- at times Elisabeth can seem to be channelling Luna Lovegood of the Harry Potter Series.

Kübler-Ross is unswervingly courageous in her pursuit of truth and compassion. She was inspired and persistent enough to care about and meticulously research topics that others avoided--including death--and intuitively find ways to aid others on their journey when the cases seemed helpless to others. S
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Jackie
Feb 10, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've owned this book for a long, long time and so I finally decided to read it. A friend of mine just lost her husband, quickly and unexpectedly, and so I wanted to read what "The Death and Dying Lady" had to say. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is the woman who came up with the 5 stages of grief and during her lifetime helped thousands of people through their final days. I did find some comfort in reading about her interactions with these people - especially with young children who knew they didn't have ...more
Jessica
Mar 19, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: BC1
Whoa. The first section, mouse, was interesting. She is completely full of herself and a braggart, but she had accomplished a lot and definately believed in giving back. Kudos to her. Then came the bear section which was more of the same, with some good info on her death research, and then the last few paragraphs she goes all sixth sense. So your thinking...where is this going...and then you read the buffalo section and realize she is completely nuts. I'm not into shaking tables and out of body ...more
Leslie S.
May 25, 2015 Leslie S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“La rueda de la vida” de Elisabeth Kübler-Ross es un libro muy interesante sobre la vida y la muerte (como sinónimos), y sobre vivir y morir (como verbos). Estos temas te ayudan a reflexionar que lo mejor de la vida es el amor incondicional, y que aunque parece ser un tabú, la muerte es el momento en el cual las personas salen de su capullo de problemas para convertirse en mariposas.

La autora nació en Suiza (cerca de Zurich), fue de voluntaria a Francia y Polonia post-segunda guerra mundial, es
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Zhang Richard
Feb 02, 2016 Zhang Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found some moving episodes in this book and really love how brave and wise the dying persons like the child could be at the last stage of life. As a person with sensitive emotion and belief in spirituality, I feel congenial with the author and identify with several of her credos like there is no death. Her personal story of confronting death of her friends, family members and war victims unfolds a picture scroll with glories figures whose epiphany and peace in accepting the inevitable of life' ...more
María Paz Greene
Esta autora me encanta. He leído varios de sus libros científicos, que tienen la gracia de ser escritos de una manera que... ah, son tan conmovedores y fáciles, y reveladores, blablabla.

Estas memorias empezaron también fascinantes, con cinco estrellas radiantes y completas, pero en la segunda mitad siento que perdió un poco el hilo. Respeto su postura, respeto sus ideas, su camino personal, pero... no me lo creí tanto, en especial con la parte de la futura destrucción de la humanidad. Solo por e
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Erik Akre
Aug 13, 2015 Erik Akre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those intrigued by death-and-dying, and by Kuebler-Ross's general work
So recently (1960's), the dying were being treated with unfeeling coldness. As such, the book makes it feel like Kuebler-Ross's work was a revolution. I guess it was. Imagine that: treat dying patients with honesty, compassion, and warmth. And not to be afraid of them! So many doctors considered death their own failure...

Also, the book takes us into Kuebler-Ross's wild world of experience with spirit guides, mysticism, and Cosmic Consciousness. How could so much spiritual energy concentrate in o
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Shannon
Aug 21, 2007 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who started the death and dying research in the 70's. While working on my psych degree another lifetime ago I remember reading her first book, On Death and Dying.

Dr. Kubler-Ross wrote this memoir shortly before her death. It tracks her life, how she got involved in researching death, and some of the mystical experiences she had that she was not comfortable putting into her scientifically based books.

The tidbits I have read that have made a great impress
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Mom
Oct 13, 2014 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me and I left it on the bookshelf for quite a long time, but finally opened it last week. What an absorbing memoir by an amazing, courageous and compassionate woman! I was totally engrossed, especially in the first half, where she tells about her childhood as one of a set of triplets, her schooling, becoming a doctor, and then beginning to specialize in working with dying patients. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has many wise things to tell us about life and dying.

Towards her later
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Rodrigo
Es un relato conmovedor del trayecto que recorrió Kübler-Ross para convertirse en lo que fue, en la doctora que le dio tanto a tantos, y que cambió la historia del cuidado a los moribundos y, quizás, también influyó en la manera en que el mundo -al menos Occidente- vemos a la muerte ahora. Es impresionante ver que desde niña tenía clara su vocación, y cómo encontraba motivaciones, señales, mensajes, guías, en sucesos terribles en los que cualquier otra persona sólo hubiera visto tragedia. Hacia ...more
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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 accept ...more
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