Legendary educator’s teachings released as 3-part continuing education series

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The Hospice Insider | November 10, 2016

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 Nurse.com and ContinuingEducation.com, 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.”

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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 this website. A video preview of the courses also is available on YouTube.


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Autumn Spence, Editor in Chief
Autumn Spence is Founder and Editor in Chief of The Hospice Insider. As a Business Development Professional and Entrepreneur, she has over 20 years experience in healthcare and hospice. Autumn is also a current member of the National Hospice Foundation Signature Events Council and CareFlash's Advisory Board.