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All Quotes by author - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
" According to my parents, I was supposed to have been a nice, churchgoing Swiss housewife. Instead I ended up an opinionated psychiatrist, author and lecturer in the American Southwest, who communicates with spirits from a world that I believe is far more loving and glorious than our own. "
" Any natural, normal human being, when faced with any kind of loss, will go from shock all the way through acceptance. "
" As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do. "
" Consciously or not, we are all on a quest for answers, trying to learn the lessons of life. We grapple with fear and guilt. We search for meaning, love, and power. We try to understand fear, loss, and time. We seek to discover who we are and how we can become truly happy. "
" Death is not painful. It is the most beautiful experience you will have. "
" Death is staring too long into the burning sun and the relief of entering a cool, dark room. "
" Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief. There is a grace in denial. It is nature's way of letting in only as much as we can handle. "
" Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth. "
" For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death. "
" For years, I have been stalked by a bad reputation. Actually, I have been pursued by people who have regarded me as the 'Death and Dying' Lady. They believe that having spent more than three decades in research into death and life after death qualifies me as an expert on the subject. I think they miss the point. "
" I always say that death can be one of the greatest experiences ever. If you live each day of your life right, then you have nothing to fear. "
" I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime. "
" I didn't fully realize it at the time, but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience - to help produce, in the next generation, more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers. "
" If people would get in touch with their spirits, they would be able to heal, emotionally and physically. "
" I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no death the way we understood it. The body dies, but not the soul. "
" I'm going to dance in all the galaxies. "
" I only believe in what I see and hear with my own eyes and ears. "
" I say to people who care for people who are dying, if you really love that person and want to help them, be with them when their end comes close. Sit with them - you don't even have to talk. You don't have to do anything but really be there with them. "
" I think modern medicine has become like a prophet offering a life free of pain. It is nonsense. The only thing I know that truly heals people is unconditional love. "
" It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it. "
" It is important to feel the anger without judging it, without attempting to find meaning in it. It may take many forms: anger at the health-care system, at life, at your loved one for leaving. Life is unfair. Death is unfair. Anger is a natural reaction to the unfairness of loss. "
" It is inconceivable for our unconscious to imagine an actual ending of our own life here on Earth, and if this life of ours has to end, the ending is always attributed to a malicious intervention from the outside by someone else. "
" It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. "
" It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. "
" I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation. "
" I was destined to work with dying patients. I had no choice when I encountered my first AIDS patient. I felt called to travel some 250,000 miles each year to hold workshops that helped people cope with the most painful aspects of life, death and the transition between the two. "
" Learning lessons is a little like reaching maturity. You're not suddenly more happy, wealthy, or powerful, but you understand the world around you better, and you're at peace with yourself. Learning life's lessons is not about making your life perfect, but about seeing life as it was meant to be. "
" Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. "
" Live, so you do not have to look back and say: 'God, how I have wasted my life.' "
" Love is really the only thing we can possess, keep with us, and take with us. "
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