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 Critical Care Medicine:

    MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whatever your religious beliefs, they're unlikely to get addressed in the intensive care unit, a new study finds.

    Religion or spirituality is important to many people nearing the end of life, but intensive care clinicians rarely talk to patients o...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows.

    There has been debate about the effectiveness of flu vaccination in this group of patients, but the findings show that they are beneficial...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows.

    There has been debate about the effectiveness of flu vaccination in this group of patients, but the findings show that they are beneficial...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health & General Preventive Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The rising popularity of bicycling among adult men for pleasure or as a means of commuting may have a downside: More fatal bike-related accidents, according to a new report.

    The report did have some good news, however: Fewer U.S. children are dy...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health & General Preventive Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The rising popularity of bicycling among adult men for pleasure or as a means of commuting may have a downside: More fatal bike-related accidents, according to a new report.

    The report did have some good news, however: Fewer U.S. children are dy...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease):

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher-than-normal levels of a certain blood chemical may place some patients at significantly greater risk of dying from heart disease, new research indicates.

    Scientists found that nearly one out of three people with diabetes and stable angin...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease):

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher-than-normal levels of a certain blood chemical may place some patients at significantly greater risk of dying from heart disease, new research indicates.

    Scientists found that nearly one out of three people with diabetes and stable angin...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In Belgium and the Netherlands, where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are legal, doctors are increasingly confronted by requests for such services from people with psychological illnesses or people who say they are "t

    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. infants who die before their first birthday continues to decline and is at a historic low, health officials reported Thursday.

    Between 2012 and 2013, the rate dropped only slightly, from 5.98 deaths per 1,000 births to 5.96. Bu...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. infants who die before their first birthday continues to decline and is at a historic low, health officials reported Thursday.

    Between 2012 and 2013, the rate dropped only slightly, from 5.98 deaths per 1,000 births to 5.96. Bu...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and personality disorders are common reasons why psychiatric patients in Belgium request help to die due to unbearable suffering, a new study found.

    Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, and involves the use of drugs taken b...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and personality disorders are common reasons why psychiatric patients in Belgium request help to die due to unbearable suffering, a new study found.

    Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, and involves the use of drugs taken b...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged women with a solid social life face a significantly lower risk for suicide than those who live in relative isolation, new research suggests.

    Moreover, friendships and outside activities were found to offer protection against suicide...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans.

    Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined a...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans.

    Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined a...Full Article