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On Death and Dying By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross For my book review I read On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Dr Kubler-Ross was the first person in her field to discuss the topic of death Before 1969 death was considered a taboo On Death and Dying is one of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century The work grew out of her famous interdisciplinary seminar on death life and transition In this paper I give a comprehensive book review as well as integrate topics learned in class with Dr Kubler-Ross work Like Piagets look at developmental stages in children there are also stages a person experiences on the journey toward death These five stages are denialisolation anger bargaining depression and acceptance On Death and Dying can be used as an aid to doctors nurses clergy and the patients family Issues such as unfinished business therapy and hope for a cure for the terminally ill are discussed within this book Each chapter uses interviews with patients to express the key factors surrounding their illness Every patient knows that they are destined to die and Kubler-Ross uses one-on-one therapy to help in the healing process To understand the process of death it helps to have had someone close to you decease When I was nine my grandmother had been suffering from a series of strokes and heart disease She had also been a smoker for most of her life and was an alcoholic The poor woman was not in such good health I watched her go through these stages with pain in my eyes Before the strokes and the heart disease struck she was very much in denial of facing the inevitable I remember her being angry and depressed about her situation but did not like to express much emotion In one section of the denial analysis Kubler-Ross states that it is usually a temporary defense and
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