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On Life After Death

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,884 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is the world's foremost expert on the subjects of death, dying, and the afterlife. This book collects for the first time four essays drawn from her years of "working with the dying and learning from them what life is about, " in-depth research on life after death, and her own feelings and opinions about this fascinating and controversial subject.
Paperback, 82 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Celestial Arts (first published 1984)
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Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because this book helped me more than any other book to wrap my head around my 28 year old son's sudden, unexpected death. There are no easy answers but the information imparted in this book helps me to re-establish my belief that good begets good. I was privileged to see my son grow into a man I will ALWAYS love, respect, admire and honor. I lost more than a son. He was a best friend. This book helps me to accept why he left when he did, where he is now and confirms that I WILL see him ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This is a brilliant book, in my opinion, all the more so because it's poorly written. Kubler-Ross is not a writer, she's more of a qualitative researcher, which is my favorite kind. She's in the trenches, recording what she knows to be true. And her insights are inspiring and amazing. The book is disjointed and poorly edited, but it's exactly how it needs to be.

Personally, I'm scared of death. To combat this, I went thru the (rightly so) arduous trenches of interviewing for Hospise Care voluntee
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I would highly recommend this book for everyone, and only gave three stars because it is not very polished or well written. I also have a nagging question about what changed for mankind seven million years ago? There is no footnote to reference this extraordinary shift in human consciousness and evolution. Still, I think that the author is "on to something".... And I find her anecdotes and theories very comforting.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
When I began reading, I felt that this book had a lot more potential than it turned out to have. I realize that it is a collection of four essays, which explains the short length and the lack of coherence, but even so. While I enjoyed it, here are my reasons for not giving it 3, 4 or 5 stars:

* Dr. Ross should have given more examples of out-of-body and afterlife experiences than she did. She gave a few, but the back cover said she had had thousands in her work with dying patients. That would hav
J.D. Estrada
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Among the things I took from Mom's house was this book. Checking out the titles, a couple jumped out at me but this one really jumped out because of what we'd just gone through. It's a title I might have come across several times but never picked up... until now.

The book is actually a collection of four essays:

1. Living and Dying
2. There is no Death
3. Life, Death, & Life After Death
4. Death of a Parent

You'd think the last one would be the one that hit deepest and hardest, but the fact was that
Feb 09, 2016 added it
Shelves: own, 2016
Read following the passing of my grandfather on February 6th. I am a natural skeptic, but I want very much to believe that I will see him again some day and I have also found great physical sensations of peace in talking to him after death. This book gives me some comfort but it is also very anecdotal, and heavy on New Age-speak. Yet no one has spent more time probing the experiences of dying people than the psychiatrist who studies death, so I'm inclined to say that that means something.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grief-stuff
Four lectures that summarize Kubler-Ross' studies on death. Of most interest to me was her "metaphysical cosmic-consciousness" near-death experience.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
On Life After Death beautifully illustrates, through examples of her work with dying patients, strong evidence of the possibility of an afterlife through her patients' near death experiences. The descriptions of what her patients experienced are very reaffirming. Although the book is short, it would have been better to have quotes direct from the patients about their experiences. Kubler-Ross, toward the end of the book, goes into the grieving process for those dealing with the loss of a loved on ...more
Elizabeth Merchant
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: our-library
Published posthumously, these are some of Kübler-Ross's last essays and lectures. Her strongest emphasis was on her scientific belief that we are met and ushered through death by our deceased loved ones. She points out that when dying children are asked who they want with them in death they always answer mommy or daddy, yet when children return from near-death experiences that's never who they've seen, unless that parent was deceased. Pretty interesting.
Dec 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was really hopeful that this was going to be an excellent book, but, sadly it was far from it. I was looking for a little something less "preachy". Most of it was long and drawn out and I had a hard time getting passed the first chapter.
Michael Phillips
Read this book , really... we are all dying at some point... more than that this book has helped me in a very different way to understand death and dying... at a time in my life when I really needed that help. Kublor -Ross is the source for fact based information on this hard to broach subject .
Chris Nunziato-Bonenfant
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this book as my father was dyeing.. It helped allow me to sit calmly with him
while he suffered and to remain calm upon his passing.
Muath Aziz
This book is about near-death experiences by one of the pioneers on the subject.


Oh boy this is gonna be a difficult review. Here we go!

So reading the first few pages, I screamed inside myself: “I refuse!” Yes I refuse, to believe in such none-sense as out-of-body experiences. It’s not true that the soul comes out and start observing the medical operation from the air. It’s just that the patient is half-awakened, his sense are still sensing, yes his conscience is not that coherent, but that
Dr. Kübler-Ross has given us a lot to muse over here -- commonalities (universalities?) in near-death and death experiences; a framework for rethinking death from the ending of a state of being to the transitioning of a state of being; a plea for us to consider death without fear, taboo, shame, guilt, etc. I'm wrestling with some of the ideas she's shared, but what's resonating with me is her message of love, of being present and patient, of staying wide-eyed with wonder and curiosity. Her cocoo ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although some of the essays were a bit repetitive, the core piece of this book blew my mind and reframed my view of both life and death. It allowed me to connect better to myself and to those who have passed in a unique way. It also made life seem not quite so serious - really, we are all just here to learn.
Erin Ouellette
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a quick and comforting read for those who wonder about life after death. I felt a sense of calmness when I finished this book. I recently lost my father and often think about his spiritual being and where he is at now, who greeted him when he passed, and how we will communicate moving forward. Kübler discusses this in her essays through stories of those who have had "near-death" experiences, including herself.

My favorite takeaway from this book is "Death is but a transition from life to an
Korny Caswell
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, I certainly hope Dr. Kübler-Ross is correct in her beliefs about the afterlife. She certainly has devoted her life to learning about death through her work with dying children and their grieving families, which makes it easier to accept some of her ideas. These essays present a hopeful, spiritual approach to death, dying and the after-life, supported by arguments that seem to support her incredible conclusions. If you are convinced by her beliefs you will no longer fear death, but instead ...more
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is a small but powerful book. Anyone who has read Kubler-Ross' classic "On Death and Dying" needs to add this to the read list.

Basically a collection of four essays, Kubler-Ross explores the idea that "we are created for a very simple, beautiful and wonderful life" but we somehow manage to complicate it with the passing of time. Kubler-Ross also does a convincing job of drawing the similarities between birth and death, describing how unconditional love is the goal we each shou
Mike Felten
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a comfort. Sure hope Kubler-Ross is right about all this
I didn't mean to start reading this little gem, as I'm already reading two other books, but I was in a bookless bind, so I grabbed it on my way out the door. I'm so happy I tossed it into my backpack! It's an amazing booklet containing 4 essays on death, dying, life after death, and near death experiences.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross!! Oh my gosh!! You wouldn't believe what she did! She doesn't go into any depth on it, barely mentions any particulars, only one or two sentences of a bombshell drop. Oh
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some extremely comforting thoughts on death and dying:

"As soon as you have finished this school and mastered your lessons, you are allowed to go home, to graduate!"

This is why even little children die--they mastered the lessons they needed to learn in this life, sooner than others might.

If you have learned and practiced unconditional love, you have mastered the greatest lesson of all. (11)

"If your dying ones can be kept without pain, dry and nursed with care and if you have the courage to take
Peter Smith
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The low rating was not due to the subject matter which I found correlated, corroborated and complemented other worthwhile books on the same subject matter. It was due to the poorly written and disjointed nature of the book. For instance, I found the vocabulary attributed to the 2 year old boy a little too sophisticated for a 2 year old to the extent that if this had been some other author; doubt as to the veracity of the story would have then arisen.

If this particular recounting was attributed (
Dianna Storey
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My dream finally came through i never believe this will happen to me, i am here to share my testimony on how Dr Abuu helped me to cast a death spell on my uncle who killed my parents because of his company, and the matter was taking to court and was not giving justice, because i was not having any prove, not until i came across this great spell caster online and i explain everything that happened to him and he promise to help me cast the spell within 48 hours that i should send my uncle full nam ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Kubler-Ross has heavily influenced how we look at the grieving process. This is a lesser known work made up of four papers. The last paper is on grief for parents and children who have died. It does not seem to fit the subject of the other three papers.
She explains she was a skeptic about life after death until she began working with terminally ill patients. Here she talks about testimony from near dead patients. She also goes into her experiments with meditation and details her encounter with
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Kind of a rehash of some of the things EKR wrote about in On Death and Dying but still worth the read. The editors seem to have patched together 3 of her lectures on various death related subjects rather than a concerted effort to do something new. Maybe a cash grab? Doesn't seem like EKR but maybe the publishers weren't exactly ethical. Still, interesting to read about the near-death experiences of so many people that EKR worked with and how the theme of leaving their "human-shell" behind comes ...more
Marina Quattrocchi
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross became famous as the first person for identifying the people go through in the grieving process. This short book is divided into four sections: "Living and Dying" a speech she gave in Switzerland, "Death Does Not Exist" a public lecture she gave in San Diego, "Life, Death and Life After Death, " another recorded lecture, and "Death of a Parent." This book is only 84 pages but is essential reading for anyone who wants to escape the mystique around death and dying and to view ...more
Kathleen Sams
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. The fact that some people know on a spiritual level that loved ones have died when there is no way they could mentally know is very interesting, and the related experiences that the book describes should be a source of comfort to many. I liked Ms. Kubler-Ross's comparison of a dying body to the cocoon out of which a butterfly emerges and believe this is a beautiful way to help explain death to children.
Jessica Wood
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book genuinely changed my life and the way I think of life and death. For months after reading it, my anxiety and depression diminished quite a bit. I still struggle with it, but this book comes to mind all of the time. That is rather extraordinary. Thank you for putting these stories out into the world.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This book contains four talks that Kubler-Ross gave on the topic of life after death. Because each speech was given separately, there is a lot of repetition when one reads these essay/speeches one after the other. The short book is well worth reading, however, and her information is heartening.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This collection of four informal essays needs fleshing out. The tone is finger wagging, and the whole thing comes off as unconvincing and unfinished. Perhaps these talks were compelling when heard live, but they do not hang together as a book.
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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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