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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (2 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743208110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743208116
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After experiencing a paralysing stroke in 1995 and facing her own mortality, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (author of the renowned On Death and Dying) realised she had some unfinished business to take care of. "I wanted to write one more book, not on death and dying, but on life and living", she explains. So she joined forces with co-author David Kessler, a leader in the field of hospice care, and together they wrote about the lessons we can learn about living from those who are dying. As Kessler explains in his Introduction, "The dying have always been teachers of great lessons, for it's when we are pushed to the edge of life that we see most clearly".

In days gone by, the community would have gathering places where children and adults listened to elders tell their stories of life's challenges and the meaning they found in life. In lieu of that kind of extended community, the authors offer this book, filled with stories from the edge. Then, like fireside elders, they weave these personal stories into themes, such as living authentically, the importance of play, finding one's power, loving relationships and self-compassion. One cannot say enough about the lasting value of this beautifully written and carefully rendered book. This is your chance to see life from the 20-20 vision of hindsight. In the end what will we value most? Here are some hints: the days we surrendered and became calm, the times we healed that which was broken, and of course all the moments we opened ourselves to love. --Gail Hudson

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Patricia Devine "The Irish Independent" This is a thought-provoking book, one which in my opinion should be made compulsory. It is insightful, inspirational, intelligent, soothing, emotive, and informative about our seemingly arbitrary existence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
Having struggled with diffrent issues in my life, i am always open to books that involve looking at emotions that touch that deep place inside. And this book does that, i came across this book in an article in one of our national newspapers. The small excerpts that i read touched me so much that i had to get the complete book for myself.
This book is a healing balm. No one can take control for you, in life you make your choices, be they right or wrong, and at times life with all its twists and turns, can be very hard. Yet inside these pages are people who have lived lives, who are in most cases seriously ill or dying, and the things they have to tell us are rare, full of love, kindness, trust and hope. To overcome the emotions of, bewillderment, anguish, fear is just so inspiring. This book will not make you a better or more deserving person, but in times of self introspection, when you feel that no one can possibly understand, and you feel alone. To read the pages in this book, and meet the people inside, to take what is offered, will give a sense of peace and love.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
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Life Lessons is one of those books that EVERYONE should read. It is a call to all of us to live deeper richer lives. Because so many of the thoughts and lessons are taken from individuals, who were near death, including author, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, each lesson is deeply inspiring and profound.
I used David Kessler's book "The Needs of the Dying" as my guide while my father was ill and it provided my family and I with great comfort. I also highly recommend it for anyone in that situation.
While both these experts are known for their work with death and dying, LIFE LESSONS IS ABOUT LIFE....... LIVING AND LIVING WELL.
Life Lessons has and will continue to aid me with my life, as well as those around me and I believe it will help me to live it more fully and with more appreciation. I have given out many copies as gifts to friends. Every one of them has come back and thanked me again after reading it. It has changed many lives.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sandeep Gill on 19 Mar. 2005
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Yet another from the heart book by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. This book has such depth and yet remains concise. Whilst Kubler-Ross has previously emphasised on death and dying this book takes a slightly different pathway with much focus on how we live our lives today. Life Lessons does not offer a description on how to live your life, but offers a philosophical approach which i promise will make you think twice with the way you behave and the decisions you make daily (for the better). Once you start reading you'll find it hard to put the book down back down!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 July 2012
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Elizabeth Kübler-Ross joins with David Kessler in their book "Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living" to guide us through life lessons and live fully in every moment.
"Life Lessons" is Elizabeth's eighteenth book. It's a special gift as it's the last book she wrote before her death in 2004. She had a stroke on Mother's Day in 1995 that left her paralyzed and next to death's door for many months. But she did not die. She says she's still learning the lessons of life. God is shrewd; her head was not affected by the strokes. She can't use her left leg and arm but she can talk and think. It's her final lesson. She must work on receiving, on learning to say thank you. To be nurtured rather than nurturing. Throughout her life, she gave and gave, but never learned to receive. She must learn patience and surrender.
Elizabeth says each of us has a Mother Teresa and a Hitler. The Mother Teresa is the best in us and the Hitler is the worst in us. The goal in life is to find the best, get rid of the worst and be authentic by standing in our truth. Admitting we have the capacity to be inauthentic and carry negativity is essential so we can work on the problem and release it. It's not always easy to find out who we are authentically. The reality of the world is that some relationships don't work out; there are supposed to be disagreements and disappointments.
David says the grandest kind of perfection of who we are includes being honest about our dark side and imperfections. Elizabeth says the windstorms of life, makes us who we are. We are here to heal one another. Most of us spend a lot of energy keeping a lid on our unfinished business. We want unconditional love. To be loved for who we are rather than what we do or don't do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Melsom on 17 Feb. 2010
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My wife died (too early) eleven months ago at the age of 62. Having just been through maybe half of the normal grieving process, I can say that I have been greatly helped by CRUSE bereavement counselling, this book, the deep-seated understanding of the authors and their compassion. This book is a must-read for everyone, not just those who are in the immediate aftermath of bereavement. The reason? It teaches something about the lessons of life that we ought to understand early in our lives rather than having left it (too) late.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. A. Eddington on 14 Feb. 2010
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After loosing both my parents and trying to make sense of what life is all about i decided to purchase this book. After loosing my mum almost a year ago, i purchased EKR's The Five Stages of Loss which is a fab book and helped me enormously. Life Lessons is one of them books which inspires one to move on and see just how precious life is and how short it is. Once I started reading I could not put down !! All EKR's books are brilliant and come from the heart as this Fabulous Lady was dying herself!!! A must Have for anyone and everyone !!!
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