David Kessler

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 Medicine

Affiliation:

  • Citrus Valley Health Care Partners and Hospitals

Location:

  • Los Angeles, CA

Activity

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

    TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hospice care may help a surviving spouse better cope with depression following the death of a loved one, a new study reports.

    Survivors are just as likely to be depressed following the death of their life partner whether or not hospice eased the p...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a pilot program that could have wide-ranging impact, the drug maker Johnson & Johnson will have independent bioethicists determine whether dying patients should be allowed emergency access to experimental medicines.

    The program is a partner...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one out of 10 veterans in Connecticut younger than 65 have chosen someone who is not part of their immediate family as their next of kin, a new study reports.

    Immediate -- or nuclear -- family generally includes a person's spouse, adult c...Full Article

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    MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery to reopen blocked arteries in the legs of frail nursing home residents rarely gets them back on their feet, a new study shows.

    In fact, many elderly people who undergo the expensive procedure either lose more physical function or die withi...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Internal Medicine:

    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Halting the use of cholesterol-lowering statins in terminally ill patients may improve their quality of life, a new study indicates.

    These findings suggest that care for terminally ill patients can be improved by taking them off medication prim...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Mental Health:

    WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of premature death in dementia patients more than thought, a new study suggests.

    The medications are widely used to treat the delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression that occur in many peop...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nephrology:

    FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2 million kidney failure patients worldwide die prematurely every year because they can't get treatment, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed data from 123 countries with 93 percent of the world's population, and found there were be...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to wind down, it's increasingly clear that older Americans have been hit particularly hard, federal health officials reported Thursday.

    Not only did record numbers of seniors wind up in the hospital due to the flu, bu...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedics:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with a broken hip are more likely to die after the fracture if they're discharged from the hospital early, a new study indicates.

    "Our results suggest that the continuous efforts to decrease length of stay after major surgery is ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients who struggle to perform daily tasks are at increased risk for hospitalization and death, a new study shows.

    The study included more than 1,100 people with heart failure, average age 75, who were classified as having eithe...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of smokers will die early from their habit if they don't quit, a new study suggests.

    The findings indicate that it's never too late to quit smoking, one expert said.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 200,000 people takin...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests.

    According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure may be closer to 540,000, re...Full Article

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    MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have identified eight specific physical signs that strongly indicate that someone with advanced cancer is entering the last days of life.

    The investigators focused on telltale signs that a patient has, at most, just three days ...Full Article

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    MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For a growing number of Americans, the final year of life is marked by pain, depression and other distressing symptoms, a new study finds.

    Experts said the study, published Feb. 2 in Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights disturbing shortco...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of a widely used heart medication and a commonly prescribed antibiotic seems to more than double the risk of sudden death in seniors, a new study says.

    Spironolactone (brand name Aldactone) is a diuretic widely used in treating hear...Full Article