- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 1st Thus edition (1 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743263448
- ISBN-13: 978-0743263443
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss Paperback – 1 Aug 2005
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About the Author
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was one of the best-loved and most-respected authorities on the subject of death and dying. Her books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross passed away on August 24, 2004 at the age of seventy-eight. David Kessler is a grief and loss specialist and leader in the field of hospice and palliative care. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, received praise from Mother Teresa. He also co-authored On Grief and Grieving with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. His latest book is Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die. He lives in Los Angeles. His website is Grief.com.
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Both authors are experts in this area having worked for many many years with people dealing with bereavement. They also share their own history and journey with grief, which happens to be helpfu not indulgent.
They describe helpfully the stages of grief, which will be immensely reassuring to anyone who thinks they are going mad whilst trying to cope with their loss. They convey strongly that when a loved one dies you don't get over the loss, it is always there, but you learn to live with the loss, but it takes a long time and there isn't a neat 'end point' when grief is finished.
Written with great compassion, heart and their skill and experience is in every sentence. It feels authentic and that you are in safe hands as the authors share their wisdom about death and loss.
After I had read it, it gave me the confidence to buy this book for someone whose parent died more than a year ago, although I did so with some trepidation in case it was ill received. I couldn't have been more wrong and they were so touched that I understood that they were still grieving for their Mum and they 'hadn't got over it' just because it had stopped being mentioned. What a gift of a book that encouraged my gesture and has openend my eyes and heart on this topic. I strongly recommend this book.
The book is set out in easy to understand chapters and deals with each of the Five Stages using real-life examples to help clarify each one.
I think this book would be extremely helpful and "a beacon of light" for anybody who is grieving over the loss of a loved one, anybody who is finding it hard to find the right words, or for anybody wanting to expand their emotional person-centred counseling/listening skills, as it not only teaches you the theory, it also teaches you to feel.
This book addresses both the practical and emotional elements of bereavement, including complicated grieving and taboos. It gives implicit guidance to the professional working with bereavement through its refreshingly un-academic, personal style. Being the final word on the misunderstood Five Stages, it is a crucial textbook for counselling students and volunteers.
EKR and DK share their own pain and support you tenderly through yours. Written as Elisabeth was dying, this book has a special poignant personal involvement from both authors. They explain and accept every thought, emotion and difficulty you may experience, with the loving warmth to support you. They will guide you tenderly through emotions you have not yet named and help you find the healing tears you thought you had already cried. This book is essential reading for all those who have loved and lost.
It should be sold with a box of tissues.
That is what makes this Kubler-Ross compilation an absolute treasure of a find. It is intelligent in its narrative of moments one goes through at times of deep sudden loss, and the kinds of things one can do or think to ride the emotional rollercoasters that inevitably ensue. The prose is sane, easy to identity with. There is a rich cornucopia of examples and real life experiences that go to great lengths to cushion the self-doubt one could quite easily feel while indulging in a book on the subject.
I cannot recommend this muddle-through read highly enough. A smart, sensitive companion. Look for the paperback if possible, there is one. As you are reading this review, may I also offer to point out that life's curveballs may appear random at times, with very little explanations offered for unpleasant things one has to live through, but life goes on. You will get through it. Best wishes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is written very sensitively. It breaks down the stages of grief (these are not necessarily sequential) and deals with emotional issues surrounding the loss of somebody... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maccy
This book has helped me so much . I've recently lost my dad and my beloved dog George who was my baby.Published 4 months ago by bernadine lee
excellent to understand the different stages of grief. Helps you to understand that you are not going madPublished 5 months ago by June
As a recently bereaved man who had been married 44 years, I found that the content of this book helped me to come to terms with how I was feeling. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. I. Law
I bought this for my Mum who is getting counselling for grief. She found every page spoke to her like the other books I bought had not.Published 16 months ago by MRS HSB LEE
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