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On death & dying : what the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy & their own families
Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth, author.
Scribner trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.


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xviii, 273 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
The five stages of grief, first formulated in this hugely influential work, are now part of our common understanding of loss. Ideal for all those with an interest in bereavement, this classic text is reissued with a new introduction looking at its influence on contemporary thought and practice.
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"Reading group guide"--Cover.

Previous edition: New York: Macmillan, 1969; London: Tavistock, 1970.
On the fear of death -- Attitudes toward death and dying -- First stage: denial and isolation -- Second stage: anger -- Third stage: bargaining -- Fourth stage: depression -- Fifth stage: acceptance -- Hope -- The patient's family -- Some interviews with terminally ill patients -- Reactions to the seminar on death and dying -- Therapy with the terminally ill -- Bibliography -- Reading Group guide -- Guide for further discussion -- Resources.
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Ten years after Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's death, a commemorative edition with a new introduction and updated resources section of her beloved groundbreaking classic on the five stages of grief.

One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying grew out of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this remarkable book, Dr. Kübler-Ross first explored the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Through sample interviews and conversations, she gives readers a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve that patient, and the patient's family, bringing hope to all who are involved.

This edition includes an elegant, enlightening introduction by Dr. Ira Byock, a prominent palliative care physican and the author of Dying Well .

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Anniversary Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
I On the Fear of Deathp. 1
II Attitudes Toward Death and Dyingp. 11
III First Stage: Denial and Isolationp. 37
IV Second Stage: Angerp. 49
V Third Stage: Bargainingp. 79
VI Fourth Stage: Depressionp. 83
VII Fifth Stage: Acceptancep. 109
VIII Hopep. 133
IX The Patient's Familyp. 151
X Some Interviews with Terminally Ill Patientsp. 173
XI Reactions to the Seminar on Death and Dyingp. 233
XII Therapy with the Terminally Illp. 255
Bibliographyp. 263
Reading Group Guidep. 273
Guide for Further Discussionp. 277
Resourcesp. 281