Synopses & Reviews
In this much-andcipated autobiography, the woman who transformed the way we think about death and dying reveals her ultimate beliefs about the purpose of life and the meaning of death -- truths she has discovered as her own life draws to a close.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's final testimony is as powerful and inspiring as her classic On Death and Dying. In The Wheel of Life, she chronicles the events that have shaped her intellectually and spiritually, from her work as a doctor in war-ravaged Poland to her years of counseling the terminally ill and their families, to the series of strokes that have sharpened her insights into the nature of our final passage.
Writing with her usual candor, Kubler-Ross describes how the near-death experiences of the patients she has worked with convinced her that there is something beyond the death of the physical body, a belief affirmed in recent years by firsthand encounters with her own spirit guides. At once a story of Kubler-Ross's remarkable life and an extraordinary memoir of her spiritual evolution, The Wheel of Life teaches us to live life with courage, love, and hope.
"A wonderful testimony to the gentle beauty of her work". -- The Topeka Metro Newso
Christian Century An accumulation of treasures.
Chicago Tribune The most accessible of Kübler-Ross's works.
Ours is a death-denying society. But death is inevitable, and we must face the question of how to deal with it. Coming to terms with our own finiteness helps us discover life's true meaning.
Why do we treat death as a taboo? What are the sources of our fears? How do we express our grief, and how do we accept the death of a person close to us? How can we prepare for our own death?
Drawing on our own and other cultures' views of death and dying, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross provides some illuminating answers to these and other questions. She offers a spectrum of viewpoints, including those of ministers, rabbis, doctors, nurses, and sociologists, and the personal accounts of those near death and of their survivors.
Once we come to terms with death as a part of human development, the author shows, death can provide us with a key to the meaning of human existence.
About the Author
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, [1926–2004] was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, humanitarian, and co-founder of the hospice movement around the world. She was also the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, which first discussed The Five Stages of Grief. Elisabeth authored twenty-four books in thirty-six languages and brought comfort to millions of people coping with their own deaths or the death of a loved one. Her greatest professional legacy includes teaching the practice of humane care for the dying and the importance of sharing unconditional love. Her work continues by the efforts of hundreds of organizations around the world, including The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation: <>EKRFoundation.org.
Table of Contents
A Journey into the Realm of Death and Growth
Why Is It So Hard to Die?
THE ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT OF DYING
Hans O. Mauksch
DEATH IN THE FIRST PERSON
Death Through Some Other Windows
DYING AMONG ALASKAN INDIANS: A MATTER OF CHOICE
Murray L. Trelease
THE JEWISH VIEW OF DEATH: GUIDELINES FOR DYING
Zachary I. Heller
THE JEWISH VIEW OF DEATH: GUIDELINES FOR MOURNING
THE DEATH THAT ENDS DEATH IN HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM
J. Bruce Long
Dying Is Easy, But Living Is Hard
LIVING UNTIL DEATH: A PROGRAM OF SERVICE AND RESEARCH FOR THE TERMINALLY ILL
Raymond G. Carey
FUNERALS: A TIME FOR GRIEF AND GROWTH
Roy Nichols and lane Nichols
A MOTHER MOURNS AND GROWS
ONE WOMAN'S DEATH -- A VICTORY AND A TRIUMPH
Death and Growth: Unlikely Partners?
DEATH AS PART OF MY OWN PERSONAL LIFE
LETTER TO ELISABETH: DEDICATED TO CAROL
Shirley Holzer Jeffrey
FOR MY WIFE WANDA: LOVE WILL NEVER GO AWAY
Death: The Final Stage of Growth
DYING AS THE LAST STAGE OF GROWTH