Quotes of the Day for 8 July 2005 – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Elisabeth Kubler was the first of three identical triplets born at Zurich on this day in 1926. After high school she volunteered in a hospital in Zurich, then worked with refugees from WW II and decided to become a doctor after visiting a Nazi concentration camp. She received a medical degree at the University of Zurich, married Emmanuel Ross, and moved to the US. Working in a hospital in New York City she was appalled at the treatment of the dying, seeing doctors routinely conceal the gravity of patients' conditions from them and developed programs to emotionally support the dying and their families. While teaching at the University of Colorado she wrote "On Death and Dying", the first of at least twenty books on the subject.
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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 - that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, And know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, No coincidences, All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
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 within.
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.
Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.
- All from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 1926 - 2004
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