Bio

David Kessler is one of the most well known experts and lecturers on grief and loss. He co authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler Ross: On Grief and Grieving 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. He is a featured Grief and Loss expert for Oprah.com. His 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.

David is a trained thanatologist. He received his master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and RN degree from The University of the State of New York. He runs a highly regarded and unique end-of-life program at the fifth largest hospital system in Los Angeles. He is a specialist police reserve officer on the trauma team, and a member of the Red Cross disaster team. David considers himself a “reporter from the frontlines” as he has been at the bedside of hundreds while they’ve pass on.

www.grief.com

Specialties:

  • hospice & palliative care

Affiliation:

  • Citrus Valley Health Care Partners and Hospitals

Location:

  • Los Angeles, CA

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Care:

    MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Of the more than 1.5 million patients who received hospice care in the United States in 2013, one-third died within one week of getting it, a new report shows.

    "While many dying Americans are opting for hospice care at th...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Long-term Care:

    MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Important points are often missed when doctors have end-of-life discussions with patients and their families, a new study finds.

    Researchers asked more than 200 older Canadians who were hospitalized with serious illnesses...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, people across the United States spend an estimated 30 billion hours caring for older relatives and friends, which costs $522 billion, according to new research.

    A RAND Corp. study put a price tag on the time and wages that caregivers ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infection rates within U.S. nursing homes are on the rise, and that trend will continue until better hygiene practices are put in place, a new study suggests.

    "Infections are a leading cause of deaths and complications for nursing home resident...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that pull out all the stops to rescue surgical patients in crisis are slightly better at saving lives, but the cost of such heroism is questionable, a new study suggests.

    Highly aggressive hospitals are about 5 percent better at saving...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Long-term Care:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit.

    "The main concern centers on the under-appreciated burden ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cosmetology:

    (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are often faced with life-changing events, from the loss of loved ones to health problems.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help older loved ones cope with life changes:

    • Learn more about how people grieve, and understand t
    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cosmetology:

    (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are often faced with life-changing events, from the loss of loved ones to health problems.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help older loved ones cope with life changes:

    • Learn more about how people grieve, and understand t
    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Investigators with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department say there's no evidence that any deaths at a Phoenix VA hospital -- the center of a nationwide scandal -- were caused by delays in care.

    A draft report from the VA's Office of Inspector Gen...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gerontology:

    MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more chronic medical conditions people have at retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy may be, a new study claims.

    Since nearly four in five older Americans have multiple health issues, scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School o...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Care:

    WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics are given to many hospice patients, although there's little proof the medicines benefit them, a new study shows.

    About 21 percent of patients who go directly from hospitals to hospice care for the terminally ill leave the hospital w...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Care:

    MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospice care is an option for people who have terminal illnesses, but choosing the right hospice isn't always easy, experts say.

    "Choosing a hospice to care for yourself or a loved one in the final months or even days of life is an important and ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low cholesterol levels may increase kidney cancer patients' risk of death, a new study suggests.

    The findings indicate that cholesterol testing may help guide treatment for kidney cancer patients, the study authors said.

    They analyzed ch...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health-care providers are often hesitant to discuss end-of-life care with their heart failure patients, new research reveals.

    For the study, researchers surveyed 50 doctors and 45 nurse practitioners or physician assistants at the Mayo Clinic in...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that it's safe and helpful to stop treating dying patients with the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.

    Patients who were expected to live less than a year didn't die any sooner after they stopped taking the drugs, an...Full Article