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Death: The Final Stage

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Ours is a death-denying society. But death is inevitable, and we must face the question of how to deal with it. Coming to terms with our own finiteness helps us discover life's true meaning.
Why do we treat death as a taboo? What are the sources of our fears? How do we express our grief, and how do we accept the death of a person close to us? How can we prepare for our ow
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Published November 24th 2009 by Scribner (first published 1975)
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Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would not be an easy book to read when actually dying but it might be a very good one to read anyways. But that being said - this book should be read long before the time that you know you are dying as it has excellent points for living. The first part of the book looks at how our culture deals with the dying and especially the starkness of the hospital system.It then goes on to look at a number of different cultures and religions that face death and dying in very different and positive way ...more
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Week 9

I would never have guessed that a book about death could really be so inspiring about life. This collection of pieces, gathered by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, was a wonderfully crafted journey along the path we must walk when dealing with the inevitable in our lives; from different cultural understandings of death to how we can interact with terminally ill loved ones, ways we can work to accept our own mortality to steps that may help us grow in that process. And at the very end, discussing how
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although not taught today, I still see Kubler-Ross's stages as instructive.
Christian Engler
Death: The Final Stage of Growth is an especially enlightening work not simply because of the varied and knowledgeable contributed views to this particular volume, but because it approaches death and dying not from a scientific or psychological standpoint, but rather, from a cultural, sociological and mixed religious context. The essays that focus on the Eskimo, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist approach to death and dying are deeply taken into account, as are their rituals, their cultural approaches a ...more
Roslyn Ross
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful gem of a book.

"Hospitals are institutions committed to the healing process, and dying patents are a threat to that defined role… The human being who is dying is inexorably perceived to be a failure to the health professions."
"For the Turkese, life ends when you are forty; death begins when you are forty."
"The religion of Shintoism is for the living and Buddhism is for the dead."
"All too often families and pastors and even medical staff assume that all a dying person wants is to
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those life-changing books. I tend to think that's what books involving death are. I got many strange looks and surprised comments about my reading such a book. I could merely quirk a brow and attempt inadequately to explain. How can one talk about life without the shadow or death to give it depth and dimension? How can one talk about death without the path leading up to it? They're very connected. Life wouldn't mean much without death, and death wouldn't mean anything without lif ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Because I hate to start something and not finish it, I chose to keep reading this to see why others gave it applause, raves and 5 stars. Well! The "author" borrowed several letters and essays written by others! So, I skipped the rest of her writing and read only what other contributors had to say on the very complicated, difficult subject of terminal illness. Most are very helpful, respectful, even encouraging. A couple are very strange...such as Dorothy Pitkin's Final Writings. How weird to inc ...more
Emmanuel Vazquez
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads
Amazing book. My kindle book so had to see what physical books I could read. This came up and saw it had good review so decided to try it. Really good choice. Death is something we all will have to deal with at least once in our life. This book is correct in stating that the US society denies death, it seems that we don't think it exist. However the truth is that death does. As this book states many times you must learn to accept that one day it will all end, then you will start appreciating the ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kübler-Ross created and named the hierarchical stages before finally reaching the stage we all want to get to "acceptance." For that vocabulary alone, we should be grateful to have had Kübler-Ross show us how to articulate our pain. This book was the only thing providing some pain relief when my brother passed away. I would highly recommend this book.

Recommend: If someone you love dearly passes away, just keep reading any Kübler-Ross book over and over, just as much as you can digest (slow is g
Oct 08, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Not as good as On Death and Dying, but still an important work in the collection of books that Kubler-Ross wrote to bring awareness to the taboo topic of death.
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this book is old, so some of the information, I hope, is outdated. But in this book edited by Kubler-Ross has some interesting facts about different religion's view on death. It also showed how hospitals & doctors can make this whole process so much harder by their view that people should not die. Thanks for the book, Sharon.
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a young woman and nurse, this author captivated me with her ability to work with the dying without utter grief. She surprised me with her scientific way of describing reincarnation. It opened doors for me into reading many other books and refreshing my outlook on working with the dying, including myself.
Elizabeth Merchant
There wasn't a lot of new information for me here, and overall I found it slightly tiresome. But others might not feel the same; I just happened to have already come across similar info in other books.
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in the topics of death and dying
Recommended to Mari by: College Professor
Dr. Ross shares her interviews with people who are on the verge of dying - most from long-term illnesses. I read this book before my own mother died from a brief battle with cancer and I feel it helped me to catch just a glimpse of what she was going through in the dying process.

too long ago to remember
Bree Lark
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellently written and put together. While it was written for nursing students, I think everyone can benefit from reading this book.
I liked this book but didn't end up finishing it because I had to return it to the library.
Covenant Presbyterian Springfield Ohio
Call Number: 152.4 KUB-2

Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic, no updates needed.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really thought this was a well written book. I feel more prepared in handling the departure of family and freinds and even my own death someday.
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
difficult to read, but personally important information
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that inspired me to continue living after the loss of our child.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit dated...
Aug 05, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the quality of the selections varied widely, this book is definitely worth reading.
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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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