This book describes the life and work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a pioneer in the treatment of terminally ill patients. Her work clarified how people feel, encouraged the medical profession and others to listen to the dying in order to support their needs. Dr. Kubler-Ross developed the Five Stages of Loss which furthered understanding of the emotions terminally ill people go through at the end of life. These stages were expanded into the Five Stages of Grief, which sought to use them to help people heal their grief after the loss of a loved one.
This book is ideal for psychology and sociology students. It will also help any student in health care related fields, such as nursing and pre-med. Students of criminal justice will benefit from understanding the common themes of death, dying and bereavement.
Death, dying and bereavement are difficult, though natural parts of the life cycle. Attitudes towards the terminally ill and what to expect when one is grieving has been evolving over the past century, as medical practice and technology seek to intervene and prolong life at any cost, often to the detriment of the patient's quality of life at the end. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross pioneered an approach to the dying that was radical in her time. Her influence created a more integrated approach, giving voice to the terminally ill.
While her Stages of Loss (which are more popularly known as the Stages of Grief) provide insight into a commonality of experience felt by many, her methods have fallen out of favor amongst grief counselors and grief therapists today. However, her strong views pervade the field of research into how we die, what we feel at the end of life and how we mourn our losses.