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Death is of Vital Importance: On Life, Death and Life After Death Paperback – Sep 1995

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Station Hill Press (Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882681869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882681863
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These five conversational talks, edited from speaking engagements, offer an overview of the life, ideas and work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Including case histories and stories, the book recounts such events as her mother's death, and her own near-death experience and epiphany of "cosmic consciousness". Also included is a step-by-step breakdown of the experience of dying, descriptions of the difference between physical, psychic and spiritual energy and insights into the story of Dougy, the boy who asked "Why do little children have to die?" and inspired Kubler-Ross' book "Dougy Letter".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lena43 on 7 May 2014
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having done a course on bereavement , this provided an easy to read and a view on death and bereavement. kubler- Ross views are not based on research but on experience. working with clients who are dying.They have however formed the basis for others to conduct research though for many years. it is worth a read to broaden your views.
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Absolutely wonderful stuff.
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Helping with the Death Process 4 May 2000
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This book helped me to reaize what was happening to my loved one when he died.
I wanted to find another Kubler-Ross book but this was the only one available. This book is a collection of lectures that she gave on tour.
Even tho my loved one was an adult, the stories of how children viewed death helped me to understand that usually, a person knows when they are dying and find ways to prepare themselves for it. I could relate it to things that had happened in my loved one's life. I have shared this book with others. We felt a great sense of peace and comfort from learning how death affects the young and the old.
Especially interesting was the comforting thought of the process of death--what happens at the time death occurs. Also the hope of an afterlife.
I recommend this book to anyone facing the death of a loved one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book changed my life 3 May 2011
By A.L. - Published on
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I know the subject line can be seen as "cliche" these days, but it's nonetheless true. It actually saved my life during a time when all seemed lost.
The passing of my mother threw me into a tailspin and this book helped me to deal with it all.
Kubler-Ross comes through as a unique voice; this series of lectures makes one feel like she is taking directly to you. You can really feel her wisdom and years of experience throughout this book.
It's very hard to absorb it all, but it makes a lasting impression. The overall feeling one is left with is...It feels like it's using the nonverbal language that she so often refers to in the book. And yet it is so intelligently and articulately expressed that it certainly requires multiple readings.
I also recommend On Death and Dying, but it is much more a dissertation and observational study on the topic than an expression of Kubler-Ross's years of study and insight.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Death Is Of Vital Importance; On Life, Death and Life after 2 Dec. 2000
By "latashambo" - Published on
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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's compilation of talks is just stunning in its simplicity. Since the '70's I have practiced, studied, looked into spirituality and healing. She has just covered all major points on how to live with yourself and others for maximum life experience while taking you on an intimate journey of her own life's unfolding. My heart is deeply touched and this gives me even more hope for a full life lived in the present moment. It is especially pleasing to me to hear this from a medical doctor. She and Deepok Chopra are such a gift to the masses.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Laura June Kenny - Published on
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Recently I was asked to do a presentation on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for an adult education class. As Elisabeth was my friend and mentor after I attended her 1985 workshop, and I was her contact person for Ontario, Canada, it gave me great pleasure to review her work and insights again through a book she had given me personally in 1996, after her retirement. I have read all her books, but found this one beautifully encapsulating what she gave her workshop participants. It's a compilation of her talks in many venues, and her personality and sense of humor come across strongly. It's a quick read, but once you open its pages, it's hard to put down. And after reading it, her timeless teachings of unconditional love and looking after one's "unfinished business," remain to prod the reader. Thanks, Elisabeth, for taking me back to a turning point in my own life story.
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This Book Gave Me Comfort In A Difficult Time 13 Nov. 2011
By Gorblimey2 - Published on
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When my mother was dying of lung cancer years ago, I needed consolation and answers, so who better to read than Kubler-Ross? This book was a Godsend. Kubler-Ross wanted to study the possibility of an afterlife so she decided to review the near-death experiences of children. She did so because they would not have any preconceived ideas of what it should be like, i.e.the tunnel, the light at the end of the tunnel that has become a cliche. What she discovers in her study was remarkable and very comforting for anyone who is losing a loved one. I have given this book to others going through the same situation and they've always come back to thank me. Many of the studies give you chills and make you contemplate your own views on death. I highly recommend this book when you are dealing with dying or the death of a loved one.
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