The Legacy of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Oct 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross helped spark the conversation about death and dying with her pioneering work in the 1960s first reported in her book, On Death and Dying. She noted five stages of reactions in the dying: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

She pointed out that during the course of an illness, individuals tend to go back and forth and may experience different stages at the same time. I’d like to point out that not only the dying person but their families may also be experiencing these reactions.

Dianne Gray

Dianne Gray, president of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation

The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation continues her work with fostering end-of-life conversations and encouraging families to consider hospice and palliative care for terminally-ill individuals.

Dianne Gray, president of the foundation, joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT to talk about compassionate care of the dying and how to talk about death.

Topics include:

  • Talking about mortality with the Death Over Dinner movement
  • The difference between hospice and palliative care
  • How death has evolved from a natural event to be witnessed to a medical condition to be managed
  • What changed after Kübler-Ross’s work with the dying brought the topic into the popular culture
  • How facing death can help people get more out of life

The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation is a volunteer-based organization inspired by the life of psychiatrist, humanitarian and hospice pioneer, Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Though she is often described as the “death and dying lady” or the “creator of the Five Stages” she often referred to herself as the “life and living lady.”

The next scheduled guests are Katy Butler, author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death (Oct. 23) and Stephanie West Allen, founder of Create a Great Funeral Day (Oct. 30).

A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Host Gail Rubin brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.”

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Gail Rubin, funeral planning expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is also a Certified Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, insurance agent and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She is Vice President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions. Her website is

Contact: Gail Rubin | PH: 505-265-7215

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