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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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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
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
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!
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...more
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
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mixed feelings about this book. I thought the first half was interesting and insightful. I felt that I took a lot from her on how to interact with future hospice patients and how to have a more persevering outlook on life.

the second half of the book was kind of bizarre. I tried to be as opened ,minded as possible but a couple of times I had to check the cover to make sure I was not reading science fiction. I would love to believe that the afterlife is so proveable. however, the changes and beha...more
Alejandra C
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
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
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
Luis Miguel
Nov 12, 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.
Tee Minn
What a life. I want to read what she read after this as it isn't her last book.
Jul 07, 2009 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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...more
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
Such a life this woman lived! She gave an abundance of comfort, love, and good news in this book, and clarified for me what my ultimate life's goal should be, and it makes perfect sense. Now, I can more consciously act to meet that goal. The sooner the better, because I've always thought this world really sucks and have to make the decision repeatedly, on a daily basis, that I will find something beautiful in it. It still sucks but now I can look beyond the suckiness to my greater purpose: uncon...more
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...more
Good autobiography! Reading the text I could understand the thinking and feeling of this incredible woman and doctor, who had the corage to confront the old belief in medice that the death and dying people were a prohibited subject. Thanks to her interest and research in how the people live and feel just before to be dying, she has revealed some unknown but common stages, all the people have in this ending moment, and how to help and come along to this people. Her great contribution in medice,...more
Valeria Cuellar
Awe-inspiring life!
Although I felt it was written by two authors.

"The sole purpose of life is to love. The ultimate lesson is to learn how to love and be loved unconditionally. There are millions of people on Earth who are starving. There are millions who are homeless. There are millions who have AIDS. There are millions of people who have been abused. There are millions of people who struggle with disabilities. Every day someone new cries out for understanding and compassion. Listen to the so...more
impressive autobiography with some events toward the end that are hard to understand. this book influenced my dreams. the parts that may seem absurd served to open my mind to the range of possibilities in the unknown time of death.
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
This book was a present from a friend who has very different beliefs to mine, and despite the fact that I tried to approach it with an open mind, I wasn't able to take it very seriously. The best about it is definitely the criticism of the health system and the way doctors deal (or rather don't deal) with death and dying patients. In that respect, she deserves my full support and, in that sense, it was worth reading. Other than that, it is not a very well written book, although surely an interes...more
Joe W
Fascinating woman, her life certainly not dull! I have read many K-R books, and her insights into death and dying were revolutionary, and certainly helpful to me personally, which is why I was curious about her life. The majority of her life (and this this book) is fascinating and certainly a very entertaining read, with some unexpected twists and surprises later in her life and late in this book. I read with an open mind however, and will take on faith that she believes what she writes in her l...more
Aurora Shele
This book opened my eyes and changed my life 3 years ago. It showed me the spiritual path that I am following now. Truly recommended.
Susan Gabriel
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meh, I enjoyed MOST of the book, but there is a point of no return where you are just reading it because you are practically done, if you eliminate the last chapter it won´t be terrible and you will not miss a single thing, great philosophy, it just gets duller the closer you are to finish it
Kaylin H. Lindquist
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Un libro que te cambia por completo la forma de ver la muerte.Aunque hay algunos puntos que no comparto, me marcó para siempre.
This is the first book I read in English language. I had read short writings in English but not a book. I was glad that it went fine.

The book is an autobiography by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
I liked the parts about her childhood and early adulthood, her early observartions about death and dying, the parts describing her work with AIDS patients and people in prisons. However, I found the parts about spooks a bit bizarre.

Working with dying people, she sees the life from the perspective of death and...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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