Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (July 8, 1926 – August 24, 2004) was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969), where she first discussed her theory of the five stages of grief.

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For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star, one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word and thought throughout our lifetime.

People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

I say to people who care for people who are dying if you really love that person and want to help them be with them when their end comes close. Sit with them - you don't even have to talk. You don't have to do anything but really be there with them.

There are no mistakes no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.

I didn't fully realize it at the time but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience - to help produce in the next generation more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers.

As far as service goes it can take the form of a million things. To do service you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do.

It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time we never see it.

I've told my children that when I die to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me death is a graduation.

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love which includes not only others but ourselves as well.

Live so you do not have to look back and say: 'God how I have wasted my life.'

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

Dying is something we human beings do continuously not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.

Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes no coincidences all events are blessings given to us to learn from.

We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift also its greatest curse is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.