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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Marlowe & Co; 2nd edition (5 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569246904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569246900
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Dr. Elisabeth Kbler-Ross has written many books on dying including Death: The Final Stage of Growth. She lives in Arizona.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Merie E. Sharman on 8 Sept. 2014
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Gives food for thought
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A Classic Life-After-Death Book 25 Feb. 2006
By Bob Olson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Tunnel And The Light is a collection of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's lectures on living and dying. I read this book as part of my research for my next book on life, death and life-after-death. The author is the foremost authority on the subject of dying, beginning with her first book, On Death And Dying, which took the world by storm more than thirty years ago.

I learned more from this collection of lectures-inciting both tears and laughter throughout my reading-than I learned in reading several other books on the subject. It is my conviction that we have much to gain about life when we study death, and that is never more true than in this compassionate and wisdom-filled collection of speeches.

Whether you want to learn how to deal with children in the face of a family member's death (or a child's own dying experience), better understand your own mortality and unavoidable terminal ending, or gain insight into life-after-death based on Dr. Kubler-Ross's knowledge of near-death experiences and her own mystical encounters, then this is the book for you. In the end, you won't just be more comfortable with the subject of death, but you will be more knowledgeable about life as well.

~ Bob Olson, Editor
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding reading experience 24 Feb. 2006
By J. I. Melgar - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book is a transcription of lectures delivered by Ms Kubler-Ross to live audiences. Her messages are very direct, avoiding redundant references to commonplaces.

I see the book split in 2 big segments: (1)learning about natural fears and acquired fears in order to be able to master the fear of death and (2) Understanding the importance of unfinished businesses and the need to clean them for better enjoyment of life.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Life Enhancing! 31 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book kept me company in the darkest moment of my life. It gave me courage and wisdom to cultivate a panoramic perspective of my life. A must-read.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dealing with Death and Dying 9 Jun. 2009
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on
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Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross believed that repressed negative emotions are the killers in our society. When dealing with patients she believed in being honest with children who needed to talk about their emotions or their impending death. If you have ever wondered how to communicate with someone who is dying then this book provides many answers especially when you are dealing with the death of a child.

While reading "The Tunnel and The Light" I expected the book to be about near-death experiences. While there is some discussion of this phenomenon it would be incorrect to say that is what this book is about. Instead you will read about some of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' nightmare experiences as a child and gain a deeper understanding why she was called to work with the dying. I was surprised at how much humor she used in her lectures. By reading this book you realize how human Elisabeth Kubler-Ross could be and also how wise and compassionate she was while she graced this earth. If you have ever wondered about the little illustrated book she drew for a dying child it is included at the end of this book.

If you take any lesson away from this book it will probably be to be more understanding, more loving and more compassionate when dealing with the dying. This would be an excellent book for doctors and nurses and anyone who works in a hospice. It might also bring a new understanding of death to families who are living with a dying patient.

While Elisabeth Kubler-Ross discounts negative near-death experiences I think it is better to read a few books that show both sides of the story so you are totally prepared for what you might experience. It is my belief that we choose the hellish or heavenly experience while alive and in this world. For more information on this and other near-death topics please see:

Is There Life after Death?

23 Minutes in Hell - a shocking negative experience

Transformed By The Light: The Powerful Effect Of Near-death Experiences On People's Lives

Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations He Received

Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death

To Hell and Back: Life After Death Startling New Evidence - a focus on hellish near-death experiences

On Life after Death, revised

The Light Beyond

While Out of My Body, I Saw God, Hell and the Living Dead - Descriptions of hell and why people are stuck there

Holy Bible The New Open Bible King James Version (KJV) Study Edition - read all of Jesus' words in red.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis - ISBN 0805420460

~The Rebecca Review
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When you are ready, the answers will come 28 July 2012
By Jackie M. Sthilaire - Published on
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If you cannot find a copy of "A Letter to a Child with Cancer", you will be able to find the illustration on Page 161 in the "Tunnel and the Light".

Tunnel and the Light: Essential Insights on Living and DyingBy Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The letter was written in color but you will only see it in black and white. Nevertheless, it is exceptional as well as the book "Tunnel and the Light".

The book is compiled by Goran Grip, MD. The lectures on tapes were presented by Elisabeth 1976-1987. The name of the lectures are as follows:

Death Does Not Exist. 1976
Life, Death and Life After Death. 1980
Death is of Vital Importance. 1981
Healing in Our Time. 1982
The ARE Lecture at the Cayce Foundation, Virginia. 1985
Making the Most of the Inbetween. 1987
The Tucson Workshop, Arizona. 1989

I am reading this book for the second time while my husband is in ICU recovering from his 3rd by pass heart surgery. His first at the young age of 41 in 1982.

I have been an avid reader of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross since 1975 and this particular book gives you the author's teachings from that period until 1989.

I could write a book about this book. It is a gift to humanity that Elisabeth pursued this never before throdden path. She was not very popular with the medical community but became ever so popular with her audiences. She took each step and went full circle until her own death. All was given by the universe to her and all was brought forth to begin the road to life after death.

Elisabeth followed her intuition and put aside many of her own beliefs to experience the spiritual side of her being, this led her to "know" instead of believe. Elisabeth knew that death is not to be feared, that this life is only a step to our transition into the next.

We are given life lessons and if we "pass" we will "pass" onto the next plateau and become whole and reach our destiny.

This is a very powerful lesson and not easy but one has to try their best to complete the lessons so that one can go further into the being that they were born to "be".

Do not try to act too fast because you will go one step forward and two steps backwards. You can't get ahead of yourself, you can not purify your being in one instant. You may have the spiritual experience of "purification" but you will have to come back to reality and face your own "unfinished business", to use Elisabeth's own words.
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