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November 1, 2016
Legendary educator’s teachings released as 3-part continuing education series

“Lessons From the Dying Patient,” featuring Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the pioneer in death and grief education, is being released as a joint effort between and, two premier healthcare brands of OnCourse Learning, and The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.

Swiss-born psychiatrist, author and research pioneer Kübler-Ross is considered one of the founders of the modern-day hospice movement in the U.S. She is the author of two dozen books, including her first groundbreaking book “On Death and Dying,” that have sold in excess of 10 million copies around the world. TIME Magazine named her "one of the 100 most important thinkers of the 20th century," she was "Woman of the Year" in 1977, and "Woman of the Decade" for sciences for the 1970's. She is perhaps most known for the Kübler-Ross model, in which she advanced the now-famous Five Stages of Grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) as a normal pattern of adjustment to the reality of impending death.

The three-part teaching series features original audio recordings and photographic images from throughout the life of Kübler-Ross, whose work forever changed how the world treats its dying. Her tireless efforts to assure that those who are dying be treated with compassion and dignity have now become the standard in end-of-life care in many Western countries.

Courses, which are accredited for nurses, physicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dietitians and social workers, will be released throughout November, which is designated as National Hospice & Palliative Care Month by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The topics include:

 Nov. 1: The Fear of Death
 Nov. 8: The Five Stages of Grieving
 Nov. 15: Children and Death & Sudden Death

“These lessons are a feast for both the eyes and the ears,” said Jennifer Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Executive Director for Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy Education programs for OnCourse Learning. “Her humanity, and contention that dying is actually about unconditional living, is brought to life with pictures of her life and career that have been obtained exclusively from her family.”

“Her work is not only inspirational, but also very important on both personal and societal levels,” says Ken Ross, Elisabeth’s son and the Foundation’s founder. “She pioneered the most widely-used techniques for helping dying patients and their families, which have obtained even more recognition and validity with every passing year.”

No matter in which setting a provider works, death and dying are ongoing challenges. Mensik notes, “This series gives healthcare professionals an important step in their ongoing education to improve care of these patients. Through her stories and original work, these courses go right to the heart of the issues, and inspire the listeners to consider how each of our own fears and personalities affect the ways in which we work with dying patients.”

To learn about the courses or to sign up, visit our website.

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Elisabeth talks abut what to expect after you die....
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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and her triplet sisters were born 90 years ago July 8, 1926. Please join us in wishing Erika, Elisabeth, and Eva a happy birthday!
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Thank you to all the friends, colleagues and students who were present at the theatre of lecture of "The Wheel of life" by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross... and thanks to EKR Foundation Mexico & Ken Ross for your presence at the event.... And big thanks to: Adults Mayores En Acción! Monterrey, Mexico
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Elisabeth's 90th birthday! Please send on your birthday wishes...!
Elisabeth's Virtual Birthday Party
Fri, July 8, 2016, 10:00 PM

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Happy Birthday Mom!🌻🎉🇨🇭🎂🍾
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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On June 10th, Visiting Nurse Health System hosted a reception at the Andrew and Eula Carlos Hospice Atlanta Center, recognizing the twentieth anniversary of the 36-bed inpatient hospice facility located in Buckhead. The celebration culminated with the formal opening of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Library in the Center. The honor of cutting the ribbon on the library’s door was given to former Atlanta mayor and Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell. Accompanying Massell was Visiting Nurse’s new CEO, Norene Mostkoff, who was introduced to guests and spoke about the future of the organization and its Hospice Atlanta division.

The library’s namesake is Swiss-American psychiatrist and hospice and palliative care pioneer Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who revolutionized the study of death, dying and grieving. The library houses publications from her personal collections, international awards received in recognition of her work and personal mementos. The library is open to anyone wanting access to her materials, and additional resources related to grief and bereavement are available on Visiting Nurse’s website. Kübler-Ross’ first book, On Death and Dying, published in 1969, became a guiding resource for those working with the terminally ill. Prior to her efforts, the topic of death was often avoided in healthcare settings.

“Visiting Nurse is honored to be one of two Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Libraries in the nation,” said Nancy Mauldin, Executive Director of Hospice Services. “We invite the Atlanta community to visit the library and website, whether for personal enlightenment or academic research, to better understand the challenges of interacting with the dying and dealing with the grief that follows their death.”

Hospice Atlanta Center—Georgia’s first and largest hospice facility—has provided comfort and care for more than 10,000 patients over the past 20 years. The Center’s genesis was the result of the vision and significant contributions made by four founders: Dr. Arthur Booth, Eula Carlos, Mary Gellerstedt and Warren Jobe. These visionaries brought together corporate, board and community partners to make the Center a reality, and all four and their families will be honored at Visiting Nurse’s annual fall gala, In the Moment—A Celebration of Life to be held October 27.

About Visiting Nurse Health System

Founded in 1948, Visiting Nurse Health System is Georgia's largest nonprofit provider of home healthcare and hospice services, providing care at home and at the Andrew and Eula Carlos Hospice Atlanta Center. The mission of its 750 employees is to improve the lives of the more than 6,000 patients and their families served each day. Thanks to the support of generous individuals, foundations and corporations, Visiting Nurse is able to provide compassionate, quality care to all of its patients regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, please visit
Visiting Nurse Health System is the leading nonprofit provider of home health care and hospice care in Atlanta, Georgia, helping patients successfully manage
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hospice, end of life, death, dying, grief, 5 stages, five stages, loss

The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation is a volunteer-based organization inspired by the life of psychiatrist, humanitarian and hospice pioneer, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Though Elisabeth 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”.

It is in the spirit of embracing all of life, which includes death, that we further the mission and vision of Elisabeth through the work of the Foundation that bears her name.

The Foundation participates in initiatives and collaborates with individuals and/or organizations that:

  • Enhance compassionate care for the seriously ill and/or the dying
  • Further the acceptance of death as a part of life (versus those that see death as a separate event apart from life)
  • Enhance end-of-life care for special populations (such as those involved in hospice or palliative care for children, within the prison environment, or those living in remote populations or in developing countries, etc.)
  • Improve access to properly prescribed pain management medications as part of the end of life process
  • Enhance communication surrounding all aspects of end of life care and compassionate care of the dying (and those that love them)