David Kessler is an author, public speaker, and death & grieving expert.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people have been feeling out of sorts: angry, sad, frustrated, and just plain bummed out. Part of the reason for these feelings is obvious, and part has been hard to articulate and understand.That's probably why a recent interview the Harvard Business Review did with David Kessler went viral when it named the issue point blank. Kessler said what we're all experiencing is grief. He's an expert on the subject who worked with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, creator of the famous five stages of grief, and also added his own sixth stage to the roadmap to loss.That interview resonated so much with me and others, that I thought it would be useful to bring Kessler on the show to talk through his perspective in a short, special episode of the AoM podcast. Kessler walks us through how the five stages of grief explain how we're often feeling these days during the pandemic, and how we can also work through the sixth stage of grief, in order to find meaning in a dark time. Get the show notes at aom.is/grief.
Grief expert David Kessler takes us by the hand and walks us into what he's learned about love, loss, and finding meaning. As someone who has a lot of fear about grief and grieving, this conversation is not what I expected. The only word I can use to describe what I learned from David is "beautiful."
If you’ve ever struggled with a great loss in your life, then do we have the Finding Meaning show for you.   Today I’ll be talking with David Kessler, the world’s foremost expert on grief, the co-author of “On Grief and Grieving” and “Life Lessons” with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and “You Can Heal Your Heart” with Louise L. Hay, and his latest and perhaps most important creation, “Finding Meaning.”   And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about the sixth stage of grief and what it means to all of us.   Key Points Discussed:  What to do to feel better when we are grieving a loved one (03:10) Would you mind sharing what happened with your son? (07:01) Finding meaning: What we have control over after a loss (12:26) What took place on New Year’s Eve ‘72 and the weeks that followed? (15:41) The different forms of grief we experience in life (23:00) What happens if we try to avoid sadness and grief? (25:13) Curiosity about how at the end of life people see loved ones who have already died  (27:30) How writing allows us to witness our own grief and deal with the thoughts of our mind (33:27) Listening to our loved one’s body when it is winding down (37:26) The idea that even our most ordinary day could be enough for us (44:12) Learning to live with grief in a way that honors those we’ve lost (46:08) How do we know when it’s time to be present? (50:54) What is Takotsubo/Broken Heart Syndrome? (53:03) The year of grief and being present in the season we are in (1:00:03) What's the power of a hug? (1:02:51)   Additional Resources: On Grief and Grieving Life Lessons You Can Heal Your Heart Finding Meaning www.SixthStage.com www.Grief.com The Needs of the Dying …….   For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit: www.InspireNationShow.com   To support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit: www.Patreon.com/InspireNation   And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on Instagram, go to www.instagram.com/inspirenationlive
Today I'm with world expert on Loss and Grief, Author of 5 books and speaker: David Kessler. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and has received praise by Mother Teresa. He's featured on CNN, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz, Oprah.com, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Huffington Post. Find him at: grief.com
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Feb 16th, 1959
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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7 hours, 22 minutes
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