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On Life and Living Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., is the woman who has transformed the way the world thinks about death and dying. Beginning with the groundbreaking publication of the classic psychological study On Death and Dying and continuing through her many books and her years working with terminally ill children, AIDS patients, and the elderly, Kübler-Ross has broughtOn Life and Living Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., is the woman who has transformed the way the world thinks about death and dying. Beginning with the groundbreaking publication of the classic psychological study On Death and Dying and continuing through her many books and her years working with terminally ill children, AIDS patients, and the elderly, Kübler-Ross has brought comfort and understanding to millions coping with their own deaths or the deaths of loved ones. 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....

Title : The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying
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ISBN : 9780684846316
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying Reviews

  • Sheri
    2019-04-12 18:34

    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 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.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-31 17:40

    oh dear! 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.....(by this point I have started to recommend it to friends, and marvel at her stamina, determination, and the energy she is able to find to continually be of service to people who are having a difficult time in life....even though there are occasionally disturbing hints that she is rather full of herself). 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 260 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.

  • Denise
    2019-04-07 18:39

    Este es el tercer libro que leo de Elisabeth Kübler-Ross y sigo quedando encantada con sus relatos. Es un verdadero deleite leer a ésta gran mujer, madre de la Tanatología. El libro es una memoria sobre su vida. Me maravilló leer todos los acontecimientos históricos que le tocó presenciar y como los vivió. Desde pequeña tenía un llamado para ayudar a otros y fue fiel a si misma hasta el final a pesar de encontrar oposición a sus ideas y acciones repetidamente. Me sigue impresionando la intolerancia de muchos autonombrados “buenos cristianos” que parecen no entender que el mensaje de Cristo era uno de amor; amor incondicional. Y bueno, ese odio galopante que profesan hasta la fecha muchos de ellos, hizo que un grupo de ellos terminara con el sueño de Elisabeth de dar hogar a niños con SIDA. Y a pesar de haber perdido todo lo que poseía no perdió lo más valioso, la vida misma y su dedicación para ayudar a los demás.Cuando un grupo de ignorantes e intolerantes en Virginia incendia su granja para ahuyentarla ella dice que esa época se caracterizaba por la violencia y el odio y que las cosas se pondrían aún peor. Y no se equivocó. Treinta años después la humanidad está más contaminada por el odio y la violencia que nunca. Pareciera que no hemos aprendido nada de la historia. Y por supuesto seguimos destruyendo consistentemente nuestra casa, el planeta Tierra y viendo como eliminamos para siempre a todos aquellos que sean diferentes a nosotros o nuestra ideología. Aún así creo que hay gente haciendo un trabajo maravilloso y extraordinario para sanar y reparar no sólo al planeta sino a la misma humanidad. Y ciertamente no hay manera de sanar o ayudar a sanar nada ni a nadie si no comenzamos por sanarnos a nosotros mismos. Hay tanto que aprenderle sobre la vida y la muerte. Sobre las experiencias de ésta mujer de primera mano con tantos y tantos moribundos y enfermos terminales. Hay tanto trabajo espiritual por hacer y caminos que recorrer para aprender la lección más importante de todas: el amor incondicional. Al igual que ella creo que lo difícil no es morir sino vivir. Y me quedo con sus sabias palabras:Vive de tal forma que al mirar hacia atrás no lamentes haber desperdiciado la existencia.Vive de tal forma que no lamentes las cosas que has hecho ni desees haber actuado de otra manera.Vive con sinceridad y plenamente.¡Vive!

  • Anietra
    2019-03-31 17:39

    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. PLEASE read this book!

  • Helen
    2019-04-21 15:24

    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 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.

  • Ken
    2019-04-17 22:52

    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, the soul... hers and many other's.

  • Cassandra Cantrell
    2019-04-14 22:39

    Required Reading for the LivingDemonstration of a grace filled life. The author shows us what courage looks like in day to day life. She also demonstrates a flow to living once we let go of fear.

  • Jimy W
    2019-04-02 15:35

    Este libro es hermoso, me atrapo sus relatos de su vida, de como paso la vida tan complicada desde su niñez y como paso por países en guerra, en la segunda guerra mundial, hasta convertirse en doctora y guía sobre la final me pareció un poco de ficcion pero bien al final..lo recomiendo para entender los 5 pasos de la muerte.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-24 18:38

    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. Readers will hear her frustration with the US medical beauracracy as well as her entry into the 1980s Southern California New Age scene. Throughout the book, she shares her beliefs about life, death, and life after death (some of which may have you wondering about her sanity). In her final chapter, she is ready to die herself, so she addresses the reader directly with a summary of the wisdom she gained from her life experiences and from the experiences of her beloved patients. I was intrigued, entertained, and most importantly, inspired to love more--and as much as possible provide others and myself a "good death" when the time comes. She touched so many lives.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-01 19:44

    Started reading for a psych project, kept reading because I really need to pass that psych project...What a fascinating woman - though I'm not sure I would have enjoyed knowing her! I think I would feel incredibly guilty for not living life as fully, or finding and devoting myself to a cause as single-mindedly, as she did. Also, to be honest, I might have lost patience with some of her New Age-ier ideas. She packed a lot of experiences into her 78 years and whether you agree or disagree with her philosophies on thanatology (the study of death and dying) and spirituality, it's still a really interesting read. The tone of the book hints at self-promotion, but I don't think that's quite right (I mean, she's no Donald Trump...). It's hard to tell because sometimes we (pick your appropriate demographic) are so conditioned to downplay our accomplishments and sideline our needs. Maybe reading an autobiography of someone who focuses so much on the importance of learning to love oneself -- and perhaps practices it more than we find acceptable -- is odd and uncomfortable.

  • Alejandra C
    2019-04-06 17:53

    Me gusto la forma en que la autora relata su vida, como te da a entender no solo la muerte sino también la vida; como uno cree que debe evitar la muerte cuando está no es más que un paso más de la vida. Algo que todavía no asimilo muy bien fue esas cosas místicas de las hadas, los espíritus, las mesas que contestan, a pesar que ella lo relata como parte de su vida tampoco logro comprender los sucesos que relataba la gente que "regresaba de la muerte" y la señal de Manny, aún así creo en su enseñanza primordial es decir vivir amando incondicionalmente una tarea muy difícil de conseguir y que solo me trae dudas sobre la gente que hace daño no solo a la humanidad sino a cualquier ser vivo ¿qué aprenden ellos? ¿qué pasa con ellos cuando mueren? ¿realmente aprendieron a amar incondicionalmente? ¿existe un castigo para ellos después de esta vida?.Quizá tenga que buscar a alguien que escriba sobre esto o empezar mis propias investigaciones.

  • Ana Paula Gonzalez Toledo
    2019-04-02 22:29

    Me da pena, la manera en la que se psicotizó! y nadie pudo deternela de publicar esto, como la detienes si ella era "la psiquiatra", creo que su marido lo intentó, leer este libro me dió miedo pues yo tambien soy humano y tambien soy psiquiatra y sé lo vulnerables que todos somos a la enfermedad mental, pero me aterroriza más que la gente tenga tan poca educación en salud mental que en vez de detectar una enfermedad grave como la que padeció la Dra. Ross, sean seguidores fieles de lo que a todas luces empezó como una teoría y termino siendo un delirio, desde mi criterio creo que padecía trastorno esquizoafectivo tipo bipolar, es una pena, pero un buen ejemplo de la principal característica de la enfermedad mental: que es el único padecimiento que no se reconoce a sí mismo, en otras palabras quien lo sufre no logra darse cuenta de que lo que vive no es real.

  • Callie
    2019-03-31 20:37

    What a crazy book! She is a character! ...starts out with all her service experiences in Europe, adventures and you are thinking this woman is like another Mother Theresa, then her work on death and dying--she's a very venerable and compassionate doctor (she is the one who first described the grieving process shock, denial, bargaining, depression, acceptance)--then she gets into near death experiences--she was a pioneer in that field as well, and I'm still with her and THEN all of a sudden she's taking pictures of fairies and attending seances and talking to ghosts. HOLY COW! She's all over the map, but I was never bored and I was often surprised. She was definitely a very open-minded woman, forceful, opinionated, an inspiration. Of course, this is HER take on things...I'd like to hear her husband's perspective...See if she is for real...

  • Wendy
    2019-04-25 17:40

    Totally beyond ridiculous. If this book brings someone a sense of peace, I guess that's great, but it's loaded with the most bullshit-sounding naive wishful thinking I ever laid eyes on. Fairies? Fairies! She includes evidence for fairies. Need I say more? Kubler-Ross was an amazingly kind human-being and had I known her personally, I probably would have adored her. Professionally however... she wrote about FAIRIES... I don't know what she died from, but this book provides evidence that the poor woman had a brain tumor or a lesion or something. This psychiatrist lost her marbles and this book deepened my belief that mental illness knows no boundaries more than anything having to do with an afterlife. Fairies... enough said.

  • Kevin Love
    2019-04-02 18:34

    Powerful! Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has joined my pantheon of heros. Her courage, compassion, integrity, and will power was very inspiring. I don't consider myself a cry-er but this book had the water works in full effect. Regardless of whether or not you believe her paranormal experiences, this women always followed her heart and overcame seemingly insurmountable odds.

  • Luis Miguel
    2019-03-30 21:48

    Al fallecer un amigo, otro me sugirio la lectura de este.Hay pasajes emotivos como el de la "tierra polaca bendita".Leído el libro, tengo otro punto de vista sobre la muerte. El ser humano necesita llegar en paz consigo mismo a ese momento. Cuando un moribundo solicita algo no podemos esperar a considerarlo. Él sabe que el momento está próximo.

  • Juan Bárcenas Cuellar
    2019-03-30 15:26

    El primero de los libros que me introdujeron al mundo de la "Logoterapia" y la busqueda del sentido en la vida. Formo parte de mi Diplomado Auto-Didacta en Tanatologia y los procesos de Duelo. Morir no es tan grave, es solo una etapa mas de la vida. Gracias a mi papa por "olvidar" estos libros cerca de mi librero. Muy recomendable cuando alguien ha sufrido una perdida.

  • Ashley Vidal
    2019-04-18 17:26

    Elizabeth kubler-Ross had and will always be my hero.

  • Tee Minn
    2019-03-30 19:35

    What a life. I want to read what she read after this as it isn't her last book.

  • Nawesa
    2019-04-13 22:44

    Considerando que veo la casualidad como algo real y frecuente, que mi visión del mundo es materialista, en el sentido de que no me parece real la dicotomía cuerpo y alma, leer este libro de Kübler-Ross fue realmente un ejercicio de apertura mental. Por un momento me entusiasmó y emocionó enormemente la idea de que existe la posibilidad de que cuando muera podría experimentar un encuentro con gente que amé y que ya no está (sea de la naturaleza que sea). Sería indudablemente el mejor de los acontecimientos de mi existencia. Pero cuando la narración incluyó experiencias con hadas y fantasmas, no pude evitar sentir cierto desencanto. De cualquier manera, la historia de su vida es muy interesante y me parece que fue una persona extraordinaria. Después de todo, comparto su visión de la esencialidad del amor. Además, me quedo con la esperanza de ese reencuentro final.

  • Rosbel
    2019-04-14 18:38

    This is a tough book to review, I was really intrigued and read it in just a couple of days... I admire Elisabeth's life, and how she grew up and made decisions while still figuring out who she was / what she wanted to be. I also believe in many of her ideas, especially about serving, love and living life to its fullest. However many aspects and beliefs of her adult life are just hard to understand, and I'm not sure I want to... so I just keep the positive, for some reason this book reached my hands and I do believe it makes no harm!

  • Koos
    2019-04-17 22:34

    4 sterren, misschien zelfs 5, waren op zijn plaats geweest voor het eerste deel van het boek. Over doodgaan. Dat dat bij het leven hoort én tot inzichten leidt. En dat je de dood wat dat betreft ook niet uit de weg moet gaan, maar beter kunt ondergaan als hij zich aandient. Het tweede deel was moeilijker door te komen. Vooral omdat het zo n onwaarschijnlijk verhaal is. Over geesten en het hiernamaals. Had van mij niet gehoeven

  • Susana
    2019-04-12 18:36

    Remarkable woman. But I find it impossible to believe in all the paranormal experiences she claimed she had. I had the feeling she lost her focus a bit as years went by. I don't believe in fairies and I don't believe in mediums, ghosts or spirit guides showing up on pictures. Otherwise, she was a fighter and a very strong woman and her story is really amazing.

  • Anat Levi
    2019-04-07 16:48

    This book is for those familiar with Ross' books and theory for those interested in the psychological development of leading innovative thinkers, and for those interested in the question of the after life.

  • Viktor Vargas
    2019-04-16 19:42

    Out of 2 books I've read of her this is the best one. But not an amazing book. Specifically the second half when she starts talking about entities and fairies (literally).Not a bad auto-biography tho. Really easy and fast to read.

  • Nanita
    2019-04-09 23:50

    Increíble historia! Es increíble todo lo que nos sucede como seres humanos, y en especial a los seres que a pesar de tantos contratiempos siguen contra viento y marea para hacer realidad sus sueños

  • Ping
    2019-04-06 16:41

    After lerning Palliative to read this book .

  • Patty Loftus Jones
    2019-04-10 19:28

    Highly motivating true story. Highly recommend.

  • Sheila Lalesin
    2019-04-01 23:44

    Un maravilloso libro que vale la pena leer.Lecciones imperecederas sobre cómo vivir para tener una buena vida y por consiguiente una buena muerte.El amor incondicional es lo único que no desaparece.

  • Agata Vehi
    2019-04-17 16:40

    Maravillosa, siempre, Elisabeth Kübler Ross. Aporta tanta paz que uno deja de temer a la muerte.