“Every time a baby is born, God has decided that the world will continue. In the same way, every day you wake up, you’ve been given another day of life to experience. When was the last time you fully experienced that day? We all live under the stars, but do we look up at the sky? Do we really touch and taste life, do we see and feel the extraordinary, especially in the ordinary?”
David Kessler is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grieving today, reaching hundreds of thousands of people through his books. “On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss is co-authored with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. David also co-authored with Kübler-Ross, “Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach us about the Mysteries of Life and Living.” David considers it an honor and privilege to have worked so closely with Elisabeth for ten years and to be with her during her passing.
David has helped thousands of men, women and children face life and death with peace, dignity and courage. His experiences have taken him from Auschwitz concentration camp to Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying Destitute in Calcutta. 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 Anthony Perkins, Michael Landon and industrialist Armand Hammer when they faced their own deaths.
His volunteer work includes serving as a member of the Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Team and as a Specialist Reserve Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, on its trauma team. He also is chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee.
His work has been discussed in the “Los Angeles Times,” the “New York Times,” “Business Week” and “Life Magazine,” and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, and “Entertainment Tonight.” He has written for the Boston Globe and The SF Chronicle. He has also been interviewed on “Oprah & Friends” and now writes book reviews for The Los Angeles Times. He is a featured Grief and Loss expert on Oprah.com and AOL Health Expert.