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To Live Until We Say Good Bye - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

To Live Until We Say Good Bye

Author: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Book title: To Live Until We Say Good Bye
ISBN: 0684839482
ISBN13: 978-0684839486
Publisher: Scribner (June 9, 1997)
Language: English
Category: Death & Grief
Rating: 4.5/5
Votes: 503
Pages: 160 pages
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Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, whose books on death and dying have sold in the millions, now offers an extraordinary visual record of her work. Through the brilliant photographs of Mal Warshaw, To Live Until We Say Good-Bye gives a gripping, intimate view of Dr. Kübler-Ross's counseling work with terminally ill patients as she brings them to an acceptance of death.
Reviews: (7)
I chose to give Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, [EKR] a 5 Star rating on this book due to the fact that she speaks of living and dying in the same breath. In other words, she so eloquently did not speak one without the other. I believe in part she was trying to say, you truly must live before you can truly die at peace. As with all her books she writes so eloquently, that you don't even realize that your almost done with the book!! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants some answered questions on life and death and anything in between. What great detail the pictures add to this whole circle of living and dying. Thank-You for all your time and energy put in the making and publishing of this book. ~~~Mrs. Debbie Feighner --57years old~~~Fort Wayne,IN.
Ponder this thought: you've just been apprised by your family doctor that you are terminally ill and have but a brief time left on this earth. Later, someone happens by and is interested in documenting your final sojourn through interviews and photographs, wherein life's most poignant and definitive moment is embraced. How would you respond? This is precisely what Swiss-born, American psychiatrist and world renowned thanatologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004), did in her scant 160 page, but heart-rending, 1978 book, "To Live Until We Say Good-Bye."

Mal Warshaw, the photographer for this work, originally proposed the concept for it after snapping black and white pictures of a 42 year old New York model dying of cancer--his friend "Beth," which he brought to Kubler-Ross, whom he eventually worked in conjunction with for this project. They later randomly selected the four other main characters for this photo essay: "Jamie," a five year old girl diagnosed with a brain tumor, along with her mother--"Linda," from suburban New York; "Louise"--a social worker in her mid-50's from Cleveland, who had breast cancer; and "Jack"--a 71 year old construction worker and superintendent of apartments from New York City, living with liver cancer.

Many are familiar with Kubler-Ross's five step process for those confronted with the sudden dilemma of dying: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, which she alludes to throughout the book. This volume's quintessential purpose--offering natural, thought inspiring photographs of those who acceded to sharing their struggle, really speak for themselves, such as the one of Kubler-Ross giving Louise the urn for her ashes. The author emphasizes that unfinished business, guilt and fear are what most plagues a dying patient's last days.

In American humanistic psychologist Clark E. Moustakas's 1977 book, "Turning Points," he quotes (from "Death in the First Person," American Journal of Nursing, 1970) an anonymous, lonely and dying student nurse, who uttered--for other nurses, provocative words regarding their not viewing, or relating to, her as a person because of trepidation, often masked by academic routine: "If you really care, would you lose so much of your valuable professionalism if you even cried with me?" This is what not only Kubler-Ross--the Doctor, but Elisabeth--the humanitarian, did through her compassion, sensitivity and intimacy with the dying, which was all the aforementioned woman wanted.

Kubler-Ross's book has to be the classic work on the subject of choreographing what actually transpires during life's most tempestuous vicissitudes, which she describes as "windstorms." She then closes her testament by stating, "I hope that this book encourages people to expose themselves to these windstorms, so that at the end of their own days, they will be proud to look in the mirror and be pleased with the carvings of their own canyon."

If you want an eternal snapshot of the dance of death, that is not just another exercise in lugubriousness, but one which offers faith and renewal of the human spirit, buy "To Live Until We Say Good-Bye" by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross with Mal Warshaw, where "off the tree of fate a many faceted fruit awaits your fingers' probing."
A good insight into the area of the terminally ill. It doesn't offer any direct solutions but rather some insight. The end of life process is different for all of us. Each situation has to be approached on an individual basis.
The Rollers of Vildar
I've read most of Kubler-Ross's books and enjoyed them, but this is one I would skip. It's a bunch of stories about dying people and their last days. Sad stories with not a lot of insight. I read it in one night and found it depressing and un-enlightening. I donated it the next day without hesitation.
Absolute wonderful to read when working with those who are on the road to another place; helps to understand their needs and how we can help them, not just physically but emotionally as well. Love her books.
The book is very touching as I have read so many of Dr. Kubler-Ross's books.
I recommend this book to anyone who is personally experiencing the passing of a friend or family member or knows someone who is. I discovered this book, originally many years ago when I received the information of my father's terminal diagnosis. It provided invaluable support and guidance, and I shared it with many through the years.
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