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

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    FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to fine particles of air pollution -- from cars, trucks, power plants and manufacturing facilities -- is tied to an increased risk of dying from several kinds of cancer, a new study suggests.

    "Air pollution remains a clear, mod...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Mental Health:

    FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, federal health officials reported Friday.

    By 2014, the total suicide rate reached 13 per 100,00...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests.

    Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compulsory military training i...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hospice & Palliative Medicine:

    TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The term "palliative care" triggers negative feelings among many cancer patients, and needs "rebranding," researchers say.

    The stigma surrounding palliative care can mean patients wait too long to receive supportive care that improves their qual...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism:

    THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with diabetes die earlier and suffer longer with disabilities than men and women without the blood-sugar disease, researchers are reporting.

    Type 1 and type 2 diabetes will shorten the lives of 50-year-old men and women by more than thr...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Healthcare:

    SUNDAY, April 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of health care that could save the lives of millions of children and their mothers every year would be less than $5 per person, researchers report.

    The money would expand basic health services -- such as birth control, nutritional supple...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A wedding band may be powerful medicine against cancer, a new study suggests.

    Married people seem to have a marked survival advantage, the researchers found: Single men with cancer had a death rate 27 percent higher than it was for married male p...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatrics:

    THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Testing the length of the ends of your DNA strands may not be the best predictor of how long you will live, a new study suggests.

    Instead, simpler measures that include your age and your ability to climb stairs or walk a short distance may mor...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Losing your nearest and dearest may break your heart, literally.

    People are more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat following the death of their spouse or life partner, particularly if they're younger or the loved one died unexpectedly, a...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People well into their 90s are often willing to talk about death, but they're rarely asked about it, a new British study finds.

    "Despite the dramatic rise in the number of people living into very old age, there is far too little discussion about ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking increases the chances of early death in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but quitting smoking significantly reduces that risk, a new study suggests.

    "This research provides important evidence that the risk of early death starts to decline...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At the end of their lives, most people want peace, as little pain as possible, and some control over how they die, a new research review finds.

    Researchers said the study gives some sense of how people typically define a "good death."

    ...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease means caregivers often skimp on their own food and medical care, and even sell their belongings to support their loved one, a new report released Wednesday shows.

    The centerpiece of the Alzheimer's...Full Article

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    MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer patients who chose to die at home lived longer than those who died in hospitals, a large study from Japan found.

    The findings suggest that doctors shouldn't hesitate to allow dying cancer patients to receive pall...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As Alzheimer's disease progresses, patients find that simple tasks become difficult or impossible, but caregivers can help them maintain a sense of independence and dignity, a doctor says.

    Create a routine that makes days more predictable and sch...Full Article