Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Copyright Michael D. Robbins 2005

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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.
(Neptune in 6th house.)

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.
(Jupiter in 12th house.)

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.
(Saturn in Scorpio in 8th house trine Sun, Pluto & North Node.)

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.
(Sun in 5th house conjunct Pluto & North Node.)

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.

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.

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.
(Moon in Cancer square Uranus.)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

We have to ask ourselves whether medicine is to remain a humanitarian and respected profession or a new but depersonalized science in the service of prolonging life rather than diminishing human suffering.
(Moon in Cancer)

Dying is an integral part of life, as natural and predictable as being born. But whereas birth is cause for celebration, death has become a dreaded and unspeakable issue to be avoided by every means possible in our modern society.”


Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (July 8, 1926 - August 24, 2004) was a psychiatrist and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed what is now known as the Kübler-Ross model.

Kübler-Ross was born in Zürich, Switzerland and graduated from the University of Zürich medical school in 1957. She moved to the United States in 1958 to work and continue her studies in New York.

As she began her practice, she was appalled by the hospital treatment of patients who were dying. She began giving a series of lectures featuring terminally ill patients. That led to On Death and Dying in 1969. She wrote over 20 additional books on the subject of dying.

She also proposed the now famous Five Stages of Grief as a pattern of phases, most or all of which people tend to go through, in sequence, after being faced with tragedy such as death of a loved one or their own impending death. The five stages of grief, in sequential order, are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

She did not found the hospice care movement, but its adherents credit her with encouraging it. Kübler-Ross completed her degree in psychiatry at the University of Colorado in 1963 and has also received more than 20 honorary doctorates.

Though very respected for her early works, she got so involved in the "Death 'n' Dying" culture that it may have clouded her judgement. In the early 80's she was caught in the middle of a sexual scandal as a result of a workshop in her mountaintop retreat in Escondido, California. The workshop, intended for grieving widows who were visiting her retreat, had as main attraction a self-proclaimed medium who had the abillity to channel "afterlife entities", and facilitate their having sex with the widows. After the widows came down with similar vaginal infections and the light was turned on during a session, the scandal erupted.

Kübler-Ross suffered a series of strokes in 1995 which left her partially paralyzed on her left side. In a 2002 interview with The Arizona Republic, she stated that she was ready for death. She died in 2004 at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A true international citizen, Dr. Kubler-Ross holds joint citizenship in the U.S. and Switzerland. After earning her medical degree at the University of Switzerland in 1957, she continued her studies in New York, completing her degree in psychiatry at the University of Colorado in 1963.

After years of study and research, the publication of her first book "On Death and Dying" in 1969 immediately raised the awareness of the world. Dr. Kubler-Ross has published nine books dealing with the natural phenomenon of dying.

Holding positions as a lecturer, instructor, director of medical facilities has prepared her for her expert status.

Kubler-Ross has been awarded over twenty-five honorary doctorates from major universities. She received the Modern Samaritan Award and the Ideal Citizen Award.

Dr. Kubler-Ross founded and presently directs Shanti Nilaya in Escondido, California. In her wisdom she is teaching us about dealing with the next passage of life. Her life and thoughts are controversial. Her impact is and always will be felt.


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