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Return to Book Page. Now, at age seventy-one facing her own death, this world-renowned healer tells the story of her extraordinary life. Having taught the world how to die well, she now offers a lesson on how to live well. Her story is an adventure of the heart -- powerful, controversial, inspirational -- a fitting legacy of a powerful life. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 14, Sheri rated it liked it. I find it very difficult to give a review of this book. I tore through it at a crazy pace and found a lot of truth in it. As a parent who lost a child to cancer, Dr Kubler-Ross has always been a voice I have respected and appreciated since his death.
Her words and work have been pathways of healing for so many of us. Most of the book is interesting and informative. I found myself pondering her writing with pen in hand, at times underlining or marking passages that particularly spoke to me and of I find it very difficult to give a review of this book.
I found myself pondering her writing with pen in hand, at times underlining or marking passages that particularly spoke to me and often with tears in my eyes. There is just so much truth in this book. However, in the second half of the book the nature of it changes completely.
I can only describe it as bizarre as this very educated, insightful, rather amazing woman takes her intellect and delves into a spiritual world that everything in me categorizes as fantasy. It put me in a bit of a conundrum, as I so wish to see and hear her as the expert she truly is when it comes to death and dying, yet she believes she can talk to Jesus through a table.
Her contact with "fairies" and "spirit guides" throw a curve into her thoughts that point to an unconventionality that nothing in me can stand behind. I force myself not to dismiss it outright simply out of respect for all the other great things she achieved with her mind, but it is with significant struggle. Honestly she sounds a bit nutty in her latter years. In all, it was an easy read, interesting and enjoyable. She certainly lived an unconventional life, one that lead to the publishing of information on death, dying and grieving that others have failed to touch on with nearly as much truth.
It was worth reading. View 1 comment. This autobiography-memoir of a Swiss doctor and researcher into the process of dying started out mildly interesting as Ms. Kubler grows up, became fascinating in the middle chapters as Dr. Ross's medical career finds its focus, occasionally took a turn towards the truly inspiring and profound, as one would expect from someone who works with and shows great compassion for dying persons of all ages and social situations Then toward the middle, the book took an odd turn - it was rather shocking and didn't fit the tone of what came before, but I thought well, ok if that one thing happened to her, I'll swallow that and move on even though I don't believe it.
Then another odd passage came along, and by page the author had completely and totally gone off the deep end! At this point I am actually embarrassed to be seen reading this book on the train! At the point that she starts to have these supernatural experiences which get more and more unbelievable until I am left feeling sorry for her husband Manny and understand why he eventually had no choice other than to divorce her. Eventually losing any capacity for skepticism, she starts seeing fairies in pictures, moving tables, attending seances where a naked man in a turbin is channeling spirits and then claiming to find these spirit in her bed with her!
It was all so weird and unexpected when the book shifted gears into this bizarre supernatural mode I thought it would take another radical turn back to reality I kept expecting her to realize at some point that she had been duped by the channelers in Escondido, but that doesn't seem to be forthcoming, and my patience as a reader to be fed one strange tale after another has run thin. I just cannot finish this book.
Sadly, the latter part of the book makes it hard to accept this writer as a credible source of information on anything. That is a pity, because there are probably many truths and valuable insights that she found out during the earlier years of her career pre-fairy.
I am left with the impression of a tough, stubborn doctor with a big heart and a great intellectual curiosity who did brave, interesting, and valuable work until she herself somehow lost her grip on reality. It would be interesting to know what later non-fairy-seeing researchers who continued working in the field she pioneered have found out since then, to check how much of her scientific work is accepted today. View all 5 comments.
May 29, Anietra rated it it was amazing. This book was recommended by a friend and I rejected it. He was so adamant that I should read it that he gave it to me as a late bday gift. It's one of the most meaningful gifts I've received. This book is not just a memoir of the phenomenal life of Elizabeth Kubler Ross but it's a guide.
A guide to how one should live their life. Shared by the woman who was an expert on death and dying, her greatest discovery - death means nothing if you live your life to the fullest. This is a fascinating and wonderfully written memoir by a truly fascinating woman who is not only a psychiatrist deeply committed to understanding not only death but life with the curiosity of a Mystic, but the passion of an Activist.
I would heartily recommend this to anyone deeply curious to know more about human life and it's meaning. I am a physician and surgeon who has been told he is a psychiatrist as well. I am passionate about matters of the soul, and this was a rich experience of Psyche, This is a fascinating and wonderfully written memoir by a truly fascinating woman who is not only a psychiatrist deeply committed to understanding not only death but life with the curiosity of a Mystic, but the passion of an Activist.
I am passionate about matters of the soul, and this was a rich experience of Psyche, the soul Nov 17, Helen rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. What an interesting woman! I found the first part of her life fascinating. I have read other people's comments and I do not agree that she was arrogant. She accomplished many things and one must remember she probably had to work much harder as a woman working in the 60's and 70's in her field. She describes seeing butterflies drawn in the barracks in Maidanek, Poland before people were sent in the gas chamber and how Golda, a young woman told her that their is a Hilter in all people.
She definit What an interesting woman! She definitely was courageous to do all she did as a young woman which set the pace to her study on death and dying.
She talks how death and dying was a taboo subject among her colleagues but time and again patients wanted honesty and wanted to be around people when they were dying and not alone. Her descriptions of people's near experiences of death is similar to another book I have read. Who knows why she befriended a couple who channelled spirits, why she began to believe in fairies and such later on in her life.
Perhaps she was looking for something that science couldn't explain. Regardless she was an incredible woman and the book is truly worth reading. Apr 08, Sandy rated it really liked it Shelves: personal-growth.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - we all know her from the five stages of grief. But what a life she lived! So much experience packed into a life! Her memoir is honest and open. She writes about her early years--including the good times and the traumas, her work with every kind of patient--from a country doctor in Switzerland to a psychiatric ward in NYC to her life's work with terminally ill patients.
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