Elisabeth Kubler-Ross worked to change the world's perspective
on dying and accepting death. Her hard work and dedication
to this subject throughout her life has earned her over twenty
honorary degrees and a 2007 induction into the National Women's
Hall of Fame. She created the Kubler-Ross Model outlining
the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression,
Created to define stages an individual experiences when faced
with the certainty of their own death, the model is now widely
accepted as the basis for how people progress through any
tragic loss in life (or many other losses).
Kubler-Ross was born as one of triplets in Switzerland in
1926. Even though her father did not approve of her studying
medicine, she graduated from the University of Zurich medical
school in 1957. She married Dr. Emanuel Ross and together
they traveled to the United States to finish their residency
Throughout World War II, Kubler-Ross developed an interest
in refugee relief work and she also visited the Majdanek concentration
camp. These actions trended with her desire to dedicate her
life to helping others. Kubler-Ross is considered a humanitarian
because of her willingness to address the subject of death
and dying with compassion and understanding.
Kubler-Ross became familiar with the inhumane treatment of
mental and terminally ill patients during her first residency
at the Manhattan State Hospital. She began a program that
would lead to her life's work on specialized treatment for
individual patients facing death.
Over 94-percent of her patients experienced an improvement
in their mental health as a result of her programmatic treatment.
This work would carry over into the treatment of AIDS patients
and individuals who were incarcerated for life. Differentiating
the way a patient should be treated when entering the last
phase of their life would later lead to the creation of the
Kubler-Ross continued her work at the University of Colorado's
School of Medicine, and at the University of Chicago. She
lectured to medical students about death and dying and created
internship programs that forced medical residents to face
dying patients. In 1969, Kubler-Ross authored the groundbreaking
book On Death and Dying which first introduced the
five stages of grief.
She authored twenty books which were translated into many
different languages, and received numerous awards and honors.
In 1999, Time Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Important
Thinkers of the Century. Kubler-Ross is also credited with
co-founding the American Holistic Medical Association.
In 1977, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross opened
"Shanti Nilaya" which means "Home of
Peace" in Escondido, California.
On this forty acre spread of land, she established a center
of healing and treatment for terminally ill patients and their
loved ones. Her plans to later open a pediatric center for
terminally ill children were not realized.
In 2002, after having suffered several strokes that affected
her physical abilities, Kubler-Ross said in an interview that
she had accepted the fact that she would die. In 2004, she
passed away in her Arizona home. Her work forever altered
the world's perception of compartmentalizing death as a part
of life and has made her own of the most famous women in U.
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