Book Recommendations

Book of the Month: On Death & Dying, What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy & their own families by Kubler-Ross

Therapist’s Pick/Book of the Month
Therapist: Dawn Krull MA, MS, TLLP
Theme: Death and Dying

On Death & Dying, What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy & their own families is a hard emotional read, but very well worth it. It is especially beneficial for individuals who work in professions where end of life is a regular experience.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s book developed from her famous seminar on death, life, and transition. It reviews the five stages of death (denial/isolation, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) but also incorporates interviews with terminally ill patients, discussion relating to the reactions of her seminar, therapy with terminally ill, and the persistence of hope.

I read this book after reading her other book, On Grief & Grieving. Not going to lie, I cried through a lot of it. The most influential parts came from the interviews. My perspective of how to treat patients in general, terminally ill or not, was dramatically influenced. It allowed me to take a step back from the status quo and really get back to my humanistic roots. I recommend this book to professionals for sure, but families as well. Having lost a loved one to a terminal illness on more than one occasion, I found the insight very helpful, comforting, and practical.  

Kubler-Ross, E., (1969). On Death & Dying, What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy & their own families. New York, NY: Scribner.

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