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The Wheel Of Life

A Memoir of Living and Dying
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
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June, 1998
ISBN:
9780684846316
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$18.99 CAD
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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., is the woman who has transformed the way the world thinks about death, dying and the terminally ill. Her book On Death and Dying, published in 1969, was the first to systematically ask dying people what it was like to be terminally ill, and to identify what came to be known as “near-death experiences.” Her many books and years working with terminally ill children, AIDS patients and the elderly have opened many hearts and minds to face the facts of life and death with compassion and humanity. Now, facing her own death at age 71 in what she says will be her last book, this beloved healer tells the story of her own life and explores her ultimate truth—that death does not exist.

The firstborn of triplet girls, she describes a girlhood surrounded by mountains, wildflowers and a loving family in Switzerland. She shares stories of her marriage and motherhood, her deep desire to help others and to restore humanity to medicine, her explorations of out-of-body experiences and encounters with spirit guides, and the extreme (someone burned down her house) resistance to her never-realized plan of caring for AIDS babies on her Virginia farm.

She seems to have lived several lifetimes in one, but a series of strokes has slowed her down to the point of declaring, “Death is a wonderful and positive experience, but the process of dying, when it is prolonged like mine, is a nightmare.” She says the one question everyone must answer at the end of life is, “What have you done to help?” Having faced universal questions of life and death, having offered comfort to countless others, Kübler-Ross now awaits—to use her own metaphor—her transformation from cocoon to butterfly.

It is very important that you do only what you love to do. You may be poor, you may go hungry, you may live in a shabby place, but you will totally live. And at the end of your days, you will bless your life because you have done what you came here to do.

Publisher’s Description: 

On Life and Living

Elisabeth Kbler-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, Kbler-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.

On Life and Living

Elisabeth K bler-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, K bler-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.

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