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Life Lessons

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  540 ratings  ·  82 reviews
A Message From Elisabeth
We all have lessons to learn during this time called life; this is especially apparent when working with the dying. The dying learn a great deal at the end of life, usually when it is too late to apply. After moving to the Arizona desert in 1995, I had a stroke on Mother's Day that left me paralyzed. I spent the next few years at death's door. Som
Hardcover, Large Print, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Scribner Book Company (first published 2000)
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RH Walters
A friend of mine with cancer gave me this book, and it encompasses many of the things I've tried to learn from her. Some people don't get to the best part of their lives until the end, and the authors give us many anecdotes and insights about why that is. Sometimes hell is other people, and our perceptions, but this book shows that the opposite is also true.
This is the first book written by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross that I read, and I am delighted with it. I enjoyed every bit of it. The book is also written by David Kessler, and both give us a beautiful lecture about life. I honestly think that not many of us find true joy in living and life itself. We torment ourselves with trivial everyday's stuff but miss the big picture altogether. And if anyone understands what life is all about its the dying. They know there is no more time left to waste and they ...more
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross dedicated her work and life to understanding and sharing lessons on how we die. This book was written shortly before her death and after she had suffered a couple of strokes that left her paralyzed and in a wheelchair. She shares that she was angry and often very ugly to her friends and family. She mentions that at least 75% of her friends were no longer in her life. She and her friend David Kessler discuss the lessons they have learned over the years dealing with patients ...more
Renée Damstra
It is somewhat interesting to read about the perspective of dying people.
It is very disturbing to read about it when the author is full of presumptions (you could call it lessons), in other words common sense psychological truths on life. I suppose most people would agree with it so would not be bothered by it.

But these ideas such as ´we humans all have the same value´, ´you must first love yourself before you can love someone else´ and all that shit I don´t buy unless it is explained. You may n
I first read Ross when in college and was very impressed. I just grabbed this book in the library when I saw it was from Ross, not knowing it was about death and dying. My Father passed away two weeks ago, and I've really been suffering his loss, big time. This book is touching on many of the emotions I'm feeling. Anyone who is experiencing loss should read this book, and anyone who is not, should read it too. Because no matter how long our lives seem to be, they are always short. This book is i ...more
This book has changed my life! No other book has had such a profound effect on me. All of life's most important lessons are explained and validated by personal experiences of the authors or others.
A book with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross as one of the authors, a psychiatrist who incorporated near-death studies in her practice. The contents are by no means morbid or depressing, just lessons we ought to incorporate into our living, while healthy and well. The writing style is anecdotal and the tone reassuring. It addresses topics that any one of us could have at some stage in our lives. Psyche struggles are put into perspective. Any seemingly 'taboo' subject is made more common when you realize th ...more
Read this book, and will never give it away. Taught alot about myself
Johnny Stork
This was a very enjoyable and well-written book, and one of the last from the pioneer on death and dying research, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. I had expected a focus on death and dying, but the title certainly provided a clue as to the actually emphasis - Life Lessons. There is so much wisdom available for living a happy and fulfilling life that can be realized by considering one's own mortality and by working with the dying. Most of us in the West act as if death is something that happens to everyon ...more
Sharon Hardin
A thoughtful, well organized compilation of life lessons these two end-of-life investigators and writers have accumulated during their work. It's elementary is some respects, but Kubler-Ross's comments about her personal situation after suffering a stroke make it more penetrating than similar books I've read. We should all learn these lessons before we are in our final days, and this book can be a helpful guide.
Sue Smith
An interesting look at how to live life through the lens of death. I found the back and forth dialogue between the two authors somewhat disconcerting at times, but both added valuable insight into some things that it would be wise to see a little before your deathbed. But whether or not you would gleen that insight until you're there is, of course, another story.

I picked this one up as my father was edged closer to his death. I thought it may give me some inkling to how to react, and it let me
Easily the best non-fiction book I have ever read. I did the first read through without skipping around or skimming. Just like a chapter book, page by page. I have no doubt I will read this book a number of times as it is a book not to be read so much as studied, committed to memory and applied. I have a hard copy that I'll soon attack with my highlighters and I plan to purchase a digital copy as well. Can't say enough positive things about this work. It quite literally changed my life when it g ...more
Lisa Nienhaus
I'm not a big self help book type of person. But this book was lent to me, and I'm so glad I read it. I've known Elisabeth Kubler Ross' name and was familiar with her work at the bedside of terminally ill people. This book is written by Elisabeth and David Kessler. Each chapter is a different topic. One chapter is on love, one on loss, one on time, play, anger, patience, etc... Each chapter talks about patients they have met and talked with and how each person, with a limited amount of time to l ...more
Thought provoking read

I firmly believe there is much to be learned from those who are dying yet all to often fear prevents the meaningful conversation from happening. These two death experts help us to understand how to get the most from life.
Loved this book! Dr. Kubler-Ross left such a remarkable legacy. A quote that summarizes what the book is about, "People make enormous changes at the very end of their lives. We wrote this book to take the lessons from the edge of life and give them to people who still have lots of time to makes changes and to enjoy the results.". I highlighted so many points in this book, my favorite:
"You don't get another life like this one. You will never again play this role and experience this life as it's
Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Good insights. The style was a little choppy, with the authors alternating back and forth but I still thought it was worth reading.
I actually have the book not the audio. It was one of the most insightful books I can remember reading. It is written by two experts on death and dying, after one suffered a stroke and realized she had one more book she wanted to write, about lessons on life learned from the dying. It's not a depressing book. It's quite life affirming and one of the best I've ever read on the importance of living in the now, of forgiving, of being truly present to your life DESPITE the inevitable trials we all f ...more
Mari Boyd
One of my "touchstone" books that helps me remember what life is really about...learning..loving. This life is so short & I have so much to learn! Elizabeth Kubler-Ross has not written this book like her other books..from the perspective of dying, but from the perspective of "How do we life BEFORE we die?" Simple yet profound easy read. I actually took this to Jamaica on vacation with me the first year I bought it. My husband said "only you would get enjoyment reading Elizabet ...more
Amazing book ... Makes you think about how you choose to live your life ... Absolutely recommend it :)
Diane Donahue
Everyone should read this book no
matter what age you are.
Profound, sincere, and much needed.
Great book all around. Covers emotions like fear, anger, loss, play, etc. The light bulb went on for me when the authors explained that love and fear are opposites. You have to continually choose the emotion (love or fear) at every moment. It's like feeding your body. You've got to nourish your soul by repeatedly choosing love. Another idea that I really liked is that everything is on loan. Everything. Life is kind of like library books.... you have things/people in your life for a time period. ...more
Very insightful. Well written. Very enjoyable.
One of the most meaningful books about living life that I have read. Highly recommended for all to read!
Kim L-squared
Everyone should read this... We want to make our lives and all they entail count before its too late!
Maria Raynal
This is billed as a book on death and dying, but I see it as a book on living a full, rich life, so that when the end does come, you've given it your best, with no regrets. A great reminder to stay in the present, to practice gratitude, to soak up the joyful moments and to face the tough stuff head-on, and then MOVE ON. It honestly explores concepts such as fear, anger and grief and puts them in perspective. A dear friend lent me this book and feel it was a true gift from her to me.
Great Book! Alot to reflect on.
Gwendolyn Plano
This is a beautiful book, which I recommend to anyone. Death is an inevitability, but preparing for this ending point is something we often do not do well. Our daily exchanges with family, friends, strangers...may be the last words they hear--so what we say or don't say has profound implications. Kubler-Ross and Kessler encouraged me to value each live fully.
I pick this book up every once and awhile to review certain key "lessons" in my life that need to be reflected on...The lessons include: love, relationships, happiness, guilt, power, time...significant aspects of a persons life and the trials and questions that we surmise that involve these key ideas. I believe it is a book that everyone should have on hand when they feel they need support through strong words of truth and profoundness on any component of their life.
Joe W
Great read on the lessons we really need to learn in life, from two authors who have spent their lives with people nearing death. The finality of facing death eliminates games and cuts through ego and pride to get down to what is important. Lessons on power, play, forgiveness, surrender, happiness, etc., are all put into insightful perspective. A powerful book of wisdom, perfect companion for what I'm going thru now...
Si bien comienza prometiendo ser un libro mas enfocado en el estudio del proceso de la muerte, termina siendo una especie de libro se auto superación.

Definitivamente un pelín menos esotérico que la Rueda de la Vida, pero se sigue mezclando la Psicología con la religión, sobre todo en los últimos capítulos.

Sigo esperando ese libro que me ayude a comprender mejor el proceso y a ser un apoyo para los pacientes.
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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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