Guest Speaker: David Kessler
June 11, 2011
Author; One of the most renowned experts on death and grief in the world
David Kessler is one of the most renowned experts on death and grief and
in the field of hospice and end-of-life care today, as a result of
reaching hundreds of thousands of people through his books. His newest
book is *Visions, Trips, & Crowded Rooms,* which is considered the #1
Spirituality book in the USA. In this fascinating book, David brings
stunning stories from the bedsides of the dying that will educate,
enlighten, and comfort us all.
He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth
Kübler-Ross:<i> On Grief and Grieving</i> and *Life Lessons*. (David was
honored to have been at Elisabeth’s bedside during her passing.) His
first book, *The Needs of the Dying,* a #1 best-selling hospice book,
received praise by Mother Teresa.
His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and
Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging
illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael
Landon and industrialist Armand Hammer when they faced their own deaths.
David has helped thousands of men, women and children face life and
death with peace, dignity and courage. His experiences have taken him
from the Auschwitz concentration camp to Mother Teresa\'s Home for the
Dying Destitute in Calcutta. <p.
David’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Entertainment Tonight; and he has been interviewed on Oprah & Friends. He has been discussed in the New York Times; and has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and Anderson Cooper 360° He is no stranger to disaster and trauma. He has often worked with the
loss and grief of mass casualties, volunteering his services as a member
of the Red Cross\'s Aviation Disaster team (the Aspen plane crash) and
as a Special Reserve Police Officer for the Los Angeles Police
Department\'s trauma team. He works with the next of kin as well as
survivors (e.g.the Singapore Airlines crash). <p.
In addition to his expertise in grief and loss, the Red Cross and the Los Angeles Police Department have trained him for the most critical, tragic and horrific situations possible, which of course included 9/11, and Ground Zero. <p. David takes his experiences and turns them into inspiring and motivational lectures for audiences around the world. He also teaches therapists, doctors and nurses on grief and loss and leads a support group for people with cancer. David is a certified trainer through the American Medical Association/EPEC program (EPEC- Education for Professionals on End of life Care).
In his daily work he is Director of Palliative Care for Citrus Valley Health Partners, which has three hospitals and home hospice as well as a freestanding in-patient hospice unit in the Los Angeles area with over 900 physicians and 2,000 nurses.
For more information, please go to: [ *http://www.davidkessler.org/*]