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Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is the world's foremost expert on the subjects of death, dying, and the afterlife. This book collects for the first time four essays drawn from her years of "working with the dying and learning from them what life is about, " in-depth research on life after death, and her own feelings and opinions about this fascinating and controversial subject....

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On Life After Death Reviews

  • Karen
    2019-04-11 17:10

    5 stars because this book helped me more than any other book to wrap my head around my 28 year old son's sudden, unexpected death. There are no easy answers but the information imparted in this book helps me to re-establish my belief that good begets good. I was privileged to see my son grow into a man I will ALWAYS love, respect, admire and honor. I lost more than a son. He was a best friend. This book helps me to accept why he left when he did, where he is now and confirms that I WILL see him again and be reunited with him. And that means everything to me!

  • jenna
    2019-03-28 22:28

    This is a brilliant book, in my opinion, all the more so because it's poorly written. Kubler-Ross is not a writer, she's more of a qualitative researcher, which is my favorite kind. She's in the trenches, recording what she knows to be true. And her insights are inspiring and amazing. The book is disjointed and poorly edited, but it's exactly how it needs to be.Personally, I'm scared of death. To combat this, I went thru the (rightly so) arduous trenches of interviewing for Hospise Care volunteer work, only to pusillanially back out. It was too much for me, even as a therapist well acquainted with whatever horrific trauma you could imagine. The slowness and relationship scared me. Obviously, this would still be an attainment for me.Anyhow, back to the book. It was incredibly reassuring and validating. Reassuring to me that my step-father's passing was a beautiful event. This gave me peace. It was further reassuring that our lives have meaning and death has meaning despite it's often random persistance in our lives. The book is a lovely companion to Denial of Death, which describes the Freudian fear of death that manages our lives. This book sets you free from that fear and inspires living in a meaningful way.As most books on death, it's a book about life; letting go and accepting other's in their own journies and encouraging you to focus on your own. The research presented is undeniable and, for me, rang so true to my own instincts and sense of what life and death means.To end, probably anti-climatically, Kubler-Ross is just a straight up bad-ass. You really get the sense that she is beyond people pleasing and is genuinely trying to communicate the tiny miracles and realities that she has witnessed in her 20 years sitting with the dying. Unto herself, she is an inspiring figure of bravery, in that she faces that which we all innately fear, but is also so lucid and observant. But also that she is compelled to share her wisdom, granted her by the souls she has sat with as they pass. I am so grateful for her and this book.

  • Margaret
    2019-04-23 23:18

    I would highly recommend this book for everyone, and only gave three stars because it is not very polished or well written. I also have a nagging question about what changed for mankind seven million years ago? There is no footnote to reference this extraordinary shift in human consciousness and evolution. Still, I think that the author is "on to something".... And I find her anecdotes and theories very comforting.

  • April
    2019-03-26 20:29

    When I began reading, I felt that this book had a lot more potential than it turned out to have. I realize that it is a collection of four essays, which explains the short length and the lack of coherence, but even so. While I enjoyed it, here are my reasons for not giving it 3, 4 or 5 stars:* Dr. Ross should have given more examples of out-of-body and afterlife experiences than she did. She gave a few, but the back cover said she had had thousands in her work with dying patients. That would have convinced me of what she said much more and I was interested to hear such stories. * I would love to believe her idea of the afterlife. It's a bit Judeo-Christian with some Hinduism thrown in ("God" created us, loves us infinitely, put us here to learn some lessons and if we don't learn them, we come back until we do.) It just seemed unrealistic to me. That might just be the point where I'm at right now, but the fact that we are all super-loved and will return to the light to meet loved ones and be deliriously happy forever... I'd love to believe it but really couldn't.I will probably read some of her other works because I'm not ready to chuck her just yet, but I wish this book had been more than it was.

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    2019-04-23 15:18

    Read following the passing of my grandfather on February 6th. I am a natural skeptic, but I want very much to believe that I will see him again some day and I have also found great physical sensations of peace in talking to him after death. This book gives me some comfort but it is also very anecdotal, and heavy on New Age-speak. Yet no one has spent more time probing the experiences of dying people than the psychiatrist who studies death, so I'm inclined to say that that means something.

  • Elizabeth Merchant
    2019-04-05 17:22

    Published posthumously, these are some of Kübler-Ross's last essays and lectures. Her strongest emphasis was on her scientific belief that we are met and ushered through death by our deceased loved ones. She points out that when dying children are asked who they want with them in death they always answer mommy or daddy, yet when children return from near-death experiences that's never who they've seen, unless that parent was deceased. Pretty interesting.

  • Christine
    2019-04-16 19:23

    I was really hopeful that this was going to be an excellent book, but, sadly it was far from it. I was looking for a little something less "preachy". Most of it was long and drawn out and I had a hard time getting passed the first chapter.

  • Chris Nunziato-Bonenfant
    2019-04-08 22:25

    Read this book as my father was dyeing.. It helped allow me to sit calmly with himwhile he suffered and to remain calm upon his passing.

  • Rae
    2019-04-22 18:27

    Four lectures that summarize Kubler-Ross' studies on death. Of most interest to me was her "metaphysical cosmic-consciousness" near-death experience.

  • Erin Ouellette
    2019-03-29 17:35

    It's a quick and comforting read for those who wonder about life after death. I felt a sense of calmness when I finished this book. I recently lost my father and often think about his spiritual being and where he is at now, who greeted him when he passed, and how we will communicate moving forward. Kübler discusses this in her essays through stories of those who have had "near-death" experiences, including herself. My favorite takeaway from this book is "Death is but a transition from life to another existence where there is no more pain and anguish. All the bitterness and disagreements will vanish, and the only thing that lives forever is LOVE." I will be reading more of Kübler's work.

  • Edith
    2019-04-10 18:20

    It's not often that a book reduces me to tears, but this one did. I read this for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2-2016, to fulfill the "book under 100 pages" and "book of essays" categories. I'm glad I did. Reading about major topics like life and death and life after death, eternity, religion, spirituality and terminal illness or near-death experiences is never easy, which is why I'm glad this was a short book. If it had been much longer, it would have been too intense, at least for me.Kubler-Ross undoubtedly took some flack from the scientific medical community for writing this book, but the issues she addressed are necessary to living a good life on planet Earth, especially in times like these when it seems that people are at war and civilization as we know it is being ripped apart by forces of rage, fear and sorrow.The book consists of four lectures which Kubler-Ross gave at various points in the 80's and earlier. It was published in 1991. She discusses the evidence she has seen firsthand for life after death, as well as research she and others have conducted to ascertain the existence of life after death, and to answer the question, "What happens when we die?" She answers spiritual questions, such as the different layers of consciousness we experience during life, during near-death experiences, during the dying process, and after death, and when those close to us are dying. She also discusses the death of a parent and the impact it has on a child, depending on the time in the child's life when the parent dies, whether it be infancy, childhood, adolescence, or in adulthood. I suggest reading this book with an open, inquiring mind, without passing judgment on the author if you don't happen to agree with her findings. Agreement is not required. We all find out sooner or later, right?I read her most famous book, "On Death and Dying" while my mother was in hospice care at home, dying of a terminal illness. It was very comforting, and it made many things clear to me and helped me cope with an impossible situation with more understanding than I might have had if I hadn't read it. That book provoked some negative responses from people when they saw me reading it in public, but there were also people who gave me positive feedback, for which I'm grateful. Death is perhaps the one topic which is still taboo in Western society, where we talk about everything, including the most intimate details of our lives. Kubler-Ross approaches death and the afterlife in a positive, life-affirming, loving, compassionate and helpful way, as a guide in uncharted waters. I found this book comforting and reassuring. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. The writing is excellent, there are no typos or printing errors to distract from the text (at least in the edition I read) and the font is easy on the eyes. My advice is to read it from cover to cover. It's probably the best way you can spend a Sunday afternoon.

  • Keith
    2019-04-18 23:15

    On Life After Death beautifully illustrates, through examples of her work with dying patients, strong evidence of the possibility of an afterlife through her patients' near death experiences. The descriptions of what her patients experienced are very reaffirming. Although the book is short, it would have been better to have quotes direct from the patients about their experiences. Kubler-Ross, toward the end of the book, goes into the grieving process for those dealing with the loss of a loved one which, to me, got a bit off topic. Nevertheless, this shirt book left me with a good feeling, and wanting me to read more about her work.

  • Korny Caswell
    2019-04-07 16:26

    Well, I certainly hope Dr. Kübler-Ross is correct in her beliefs about the afterlife. She certainly has devoted her life to learning about death through her work with dying children and their grieving families, which makes it easier to accept some of her ideas. These essays present a hopeful, spiritual approach to death, dying and the after-life, supported by arguments that seem to support her incredible conclusions. If you are convinced by her beliefs you will no longer fear death, but instead fear only leaving unfinished business and resentments behind for others to deal with when you're gone.

  • Stephen
    2019-04-17 23:20

    READ AUG 2016This is a small but powerful book. Anyone who has read Kubler-Ross' classic "On Death and Dying" needs to add this to the read list. Basically a collection of four essays, Kubler-Ross explores the idea that "we are created for a very simple, beautiful and wonderful life" but we somehow manage to complicate it with the passing of time. Kubler-Ross also does a convincing job of drawing the similarities between birth and death, describing how unconditional love is the goal we each should strive and unconditional love is what is drawing us to the other side.

  • Mike Felten
    2019-04-17 21:10

    This book is a comfort. Sure hope Kubler-Ross is right about all this

  • Donnell
    2019-04-03 21:14

    Some extremely comforting thoughts on death and dying: "As soon as you have finished this school and mastered your lessons, you are allowed to go home, to graduate!"This is why even little children die--they mastered the lessons they needed to learn in this life, sooner than others might. If you have learned and practiced unconditional love, you have mastered the greatest lesson of all. (11)"If your dying ones can be kept without pain, dry and nursed with care and if you have the courage to take them all into your homes...then none of them will ask you for an overdose" "No dying patient is going to ask for an overdose if he is cared for with love and helped to finish his unfinished business." (15)"In the same way it is a blessing to have cancer. I don't want to minimize the bad parts that go along with cancer, but I want you to know that there are thousands of things that are worse than cancer" (like complete paralysis.) (15)In life, symbolically speaking, we are thrown into a tumbler like a stone and it is up to us if we come out polished or crushed.The points about how we all have a spirit guide/guardian angel with us at all times and when we die, at a minimum that entity will help us to cross-over. Also, we will meet those we loved who have gone before--and the dying children of the author's experience never met anyone who had not died before them (ruling, out for her, wishful thinking because that would have met they saw there still living parents.)Also she explains that we will face a life review, that will cover EVERYTHING that we did and we will know how we felt about it--but also how our actions impacted others! (This makes so much sense. As I've realized when going through old journals and talking to my daughter about her childhood, we often go through life blithely unaware of the meaning and impact of what we are doing.)Oh and that you can still talk to the dead and complete unfinished business, say the things you forget to say--they can hear you.And, of course, her wonderful and oft repeated metaphor of the body as a cocoon that is left behind, because no longer needed, at death--allowing the butterfly that is our spirit and true essence to fly free.

  • Doug
    2019-04-13 20:19

    Kubler-Ross has heavily influenced how we look at the grieving process. This is a lesser known work made up of four papers. The last paper is on grief for parents and children who have died. It does not seem to fit the subject of the other three papers. She explains she was a skeptic about life after death until she began working with terminally ill patients. Here she talks about testimony from near dead patients. She also goes into her experiments with meditation and details her encounter with a ghost. These chapters do not read like formal academic papers but are more like blog posts. Someone who helped us as face our mortality also thought deeply about the great beyond.

  • John
    2019-03-29 20:36

    Kind of a rehash of some of the things EKR wrote about in On Death and Dying but still worth the read. The editors seem to have patched together 3 of her lectures on various death related subjects rather than a concerted effort to do something new. Maybe a cash grab? Doesn't seem like EKR but maybe the publishers weren't exactly ethical. Still, interesting to read about the near-death experiences of so many people that EKR worked with and how the theme of leaving their "human-shell" behind comes up over and over again.

  • Marina Quattrocchi
    2019-04-04 19:20

    Elizabeth Kubler-Ross became famous as the first person for identifying the people go through in the grieving process. This short book is divided into four sections: "Living and Dying" a speech she gave in Switzerland, "Death Does Not Exist" a public lecture she gave in San Diego, "Life, Death and Life After Death, " another recorded lecture, and "Death of a Parent." This book is only 84 pages but is essential reading for anyone who wants to escape the mystique around death and dying and to view death as the most positive and rewarding experience in our lives.

  • Sara1oo
    2019-04-07 23:38

    Ein wunderschönes Buch!!!Sehr interessantes Buch für alle die sich für dieses Thema interessieren !!!Mal aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht zu hören !!! Ich werde auch andere Bücher von ihr gerne lesen

  • Lois
    2019-04-25 21:11

    This book contains four talks that Kubler-Ross gave on the topic of life after death. Because each speech was given separately, there is a lot of repetition when one reads these essay/speeches one after the other. The short book is well worth reading, however, and her information is heartening.

  • Bevjirwin
    2019-04-04 18:27

    beautiful little book. it's four essays on birth,life death.why we're here etc. she was the master of the hospice movement. good read

  • Gavin Whyte
    2019-03-26 19:16

    The thing to remember when reading this book is that the 4 chapters are typed up lectures and talks. They were not written by Kubler-Ross, they were narrated by her. I, like other reviewers, originally judged her writing style, but then I realised why it was poorly written - because it wasn't written at all, it was spoken. Having cleared that up, I loved it. E. Kubler-Ross is a huge inspiration for me. A great woman. I will be reading this again within the coming months. It acts as a nice reminder.

  • Laura
    2019-04-21 17:18

    I read this book more out of desperation for continued acceptance of my own mother's passing (only 9 months ago), rather than a longstanding interest in the topic. Although I believe in life after death and loved the overall message of this book (that we are embraced by those loved ones who precede us at the times of our own deaths), I found some of Ross' claims to be difficult to believe. But, the message relayed through this book is peace-provoking and warming to those of us who have lost loved ones, as well as inspirational to live a more love-focused life.Kubler Ross' writing was a little hard to follow because she was a non-native English speaker (her syntax and sentence structure reflect that she spoke English as a second language). As a professional writer myself, I suspect that this book would have read much better were it not a grouping of lectures published for reading. Had the lectures been organized and rewritten in the form of a book, rather than as content for Kubler Ross to orate, I suspect that the content would've been far better delivered structurally, and thus offered a better linguistic flow, which in turn, would've created far more impact and (possibly) credibility upon delivery.Ironically, my mother use to openly discuss her own brush with life after death, after experiencing it earlier in her life, before I was born to her. My mother's descriptions of her experience paralleled many that Ross wrote of in her book, and thus I rarely found the concepts in this book hard to believe. What I was surprised to read was that Ross herself experienced life after death, while also believing that our spiritual selves leave our bodies while we sleep. The contrast of these claims by Ross with the fact that she held a PhD in medicine intrigued and inspired me. What a fascinating lady she must have been!

  • Biserka
    2019-03-26 21:38

    I went into this book thinking it was going to be really depressing, but it wasn't at all. The author spoke about death in a possitive way as she represents her findings regarding near-death experiences of her pacients. This is a person, who trully believes that there is something beyond death. Something that transcends religion, culture and everything else you can think of. Although she percieves it through eyes of a christian - many times metioning God and heaven and all that comes with it - she never imposes her vision and interpretation on us - the reader - or her patiens and she acknowledges that everyone will percieve it differently. Her preaching does begin to sound a little bit like crazy talk at the end, but overall I believe that there could be some truth to this. She really changed my perception of death and most importantly - my perception of life.This is a really short and fast read. I would not count myself as a superstitious person, but it does help to sometimes just open your mind and try to believe and understand the believes of others. The author tries really hard to view the matter of death and life after death in a scientific way. She really tries for it to be recognised as science. Well, I don't know if this could be called science and if I agree on everything written in this book, but I do believe that there are still many things we do not understand because we cannot perceive it scientifically. And I really enjoyed this little book. It made me think and it actually made me fear death less.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-08 20:19

    The part towards the end where she talks about her "induced" out of body experience seemed a bit weird, and I had trouble thinking of anything that might do that other than drugs.

  • Faye
    2019-04-13 22:12

    I gave this book 5 stars. Not because it was eloquently written or even packed with intensity, but because it is filled with truth and comfort for the grieving heart.Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was extraordinary and gave herself to the dying, she was a woman who lifted wherever she stood. In her words, "The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to." I question ever being whole again. And my favorite, "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.” I struggle to find the light within. Her words though lead me to keep searching! Great woman, great book!

  • Tina Dreffin
    2019-04-24 15:12

    Kubler-Ross offers compassionate and scientific-based advice for those facing a terminal illness or grieving the death of a loved one. As an early pioneer of the hospice movement, renowned author Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, draws on decades of patient interviews. She and is best known for introducing the five stages of grief. In a gentle and thought provoking manner, Dr. Ross draws aside the veil of darkness and sheds new light on an eternal mystery as she follows the soul's transition between this life and the next. Based on the scientific evidence of hundreds of patient interviews from varied walks of life and diverse cultural backgrounds, a common thread emerges that offers insight and solace to families and their loved ones as they face the hardest journey of all.This book aided me during the death of my mother who was in hospice care in her own home and being cared for by a family member.

  • Nancy Schluntz
    2019-04-06 20:21

    This slim volume (85 pages), with a new foreword by Caroline Myss, holds four powerful essays by Kubler-Ross: Living and Dying; Death Does Not Exist; Life, Death, and Life after Death; and Death of a Parent. In contrast to her more clinical On Death and Dying, this book is a heartfelt look beyond the physical into the spiritual. The essays were written after Kubler-Ross' own near-death experience. In the second essay she says, "What I'm trying to say to you is that knowledge helps, but knowledge alone is not going to help anybody. If you do not use your head and your heart and your soul, you are not going to help a single human being. This is what so-called hopeless, chronic schizophrenic patients taught me." Her essays dotted some i's and crossed some t's for me. Highly recommend it for anyone in the helping professions.

  • Yuki koj
    2019-04-16 21:20

    I picked this up again, and had the feeling I had read this before.I wasn't ready for this book back then, now it makes sense. I wasn't spiritually accepting enough... And now, I can understand what she believes.Her writing is not preachy. She states what she believes very clearly with conviction. I found her spirituality to be preachy, and she tells you in the beginning, my opinion about her is my problem.It was true. This book was boring because death is a mystery to me and I don't have a need to understand it as she did (she was diagnosed with cancer I think before writing this book). Anyways, it's an interesting perspective and comforting if you want to believe also.Written March 2011 - gave it 2 stars then wrote - I wasn't impressed. The information advocated seemed very preachy and it is not written well. I was bored.