“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”  — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

We all have an inner strength, and beauty. Let your inner light shine through.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926 – 2004) was a psychiatrist, born and educated in Switzerland, who moved to the US in 1958. In 1965, she began working at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. While there, she began working extensively with terminally ill patients, and that work led to her groundbreaking 1969 book, “On Death and Dying“, in which she first laid out the 5 Stages of Grief. She posited that people commonly experienced most of these stages when confronted by a terminal diagnosis – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. This process is now widely accepted to also be experienced by those coping with loss.

She was opposed to euthanasia, and was a strong believer in the hospice movement as a means to help ease a natural transition from life to death. Unfortunately, a series of strokes left her wheelchair bound for much of the last 10 years of her life, and somewhat ironically, she stated a few years before her death that she would rather have been able to determine the timing of her own death.

Originally posted October 6, 2015.

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