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:

    THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2008 global economic crisis has been linked to a sharp rise in deaths from cancer, a new study reports.

    Unemployment and cuts in public health-care spending were associated with more than 260,000 additional cancer deaths by 2010. Most of thos...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients battling advanced cancer lack basic information about their prognosis or treatment, meaning they can't make informed decisions about their care, a small new study suggests.

    "These were people with highly lethal metastatic cancers that...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care that's offered soon after a terminal cancer diagnosis can also help caregivers, a new study indicates.

    "This study suggests that early palliative care creates a powerful positive feedback loop in families facing cancer," study au...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Making meals more enjoyable for people with dementia might reduce their risk of malnutrition and dehydration, researchers report.

    Family-style meals and music, in particular, showed promise for improving eating and drinking habits, British researc...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Loved ones acting on behalf of critically ill patients are often more optimistic about outcomes than physicians. But not necessarily because they don't grasp the gravity of the case, new research suggests.

    The study of more than 200 surrogate "dec...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Caregiving:

    WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caregivers for the critically ill often suffer depression that lingers long after their loved one's hospital stay ends, new research suggests.

    "Caregivers to patients who have spent at least seven days in the ICU [intensive care unit] commonly ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Critical Care Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A small group of patients uses one-third of intensive care unit resources, a new study contends.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than one million ICU patients in Australia and New Zealand, and found that just 5 percent of them accounted for 3...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:

    WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If possible, people who've had a stroke should be sent directly to inpatient rehabilitation after their hospital discharge. This would be instead of a skilled nursing facility or nursing home, according to new guidelines by the American Heart Association

    ...Full Article
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Administration:

    TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, a new study contends.

    Johns Hopkins University researchers analyzed eight years of U.S. data and concluded that more than 250,000 people died each year due to medical erro...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Preventive Medicine & Occupational Environmental Medicine:

    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

  • Sharecare News
    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