It has been many years now since psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross stuck her neck out among her peers with her ideas on death and dying, and she dedicated her life to teaching about grief and how to handle terminal illness. What she brought to the world of medicine was a spiritual understanding, and enforced that not only with her patients, but in her classes, lectures, seminars, and books. I was lucky enough to know Elisabeth personally and she was one hell of a woman. She worked hard. She had a beautiful sense of humor, was an intelligent, intuitive, compassionate, and spiritual person. And yes, she talked with spirits, (spooks, as she called them). I have much respect and admiration for her and how she stood up for what she believed in, and at a time when her beliefs were not the norm, at least in our hospitals in this country. She was one of a kind, a very beautiful soul.
The first time I saw her on television was in 1969 or so, when her now-classic book On Death and Dying came out. I was awed by her then and fascinated by the ideas she presented in her book. Her work, her books, and her lectures, have touched millions and millions of people over the years. What she gave us is precious, and for many of us, a new understanding about the process of death, about the afterlife, and about grieving our losses, before and after a life ends in the physical dimension.
For anyone who would like to know more abut Elisabeth's life, I would suggest her fascinating autobiography, The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying, and, of course, any or all of her other books, including her last one, co-written with David Kessler, On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss.
But even now, a few years after her death, when I think about her, and write about her, it brings a smile to me, almost a chuckle, as I recall some humorous comments she made on an afternoon visit I made to her home in Arizona, at a time following her stroke.
Having spent private time with Elisabeth and having personal conversations has been a highlight of my life. Yes, indeed.
Excerpt from my book, How Thin the Veil! 150 Years of Spiritualism by Linda Pendleton.