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

  • David Kessler - Los Angeles, CA - Hospice & Palliative Medicine
    David Kessler posted:
    Blog: Helping Kids Cope with the Tragedy in Connecticut http://blog.sharecare.com/2012/12/17/helping-kids-cope-with-the-tragedy-in-connecticut/
  • David Kessler - Los Angeles, CA - Hospice & Palliative Medicine
    David Kessler answered:

    What does ICE mean?

    About ten years ago I was walking through the Queen of the Valley emergency room at Citrus Valley Health Partners, one of three hospitals where I work. It is one of the busiest ER in Los Angeles. As I walked into the ER, I noticed a frustrated nurse holding a cell phone. I asked, “What’s up with the nurse and the cell phone?” The doctor said, “Oh, y

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  • David Kessler - Los Angeles, CA - Hospice & Palliative Medicine
    David Kessler answered:

    What steps should be taken to communicate a loved one's end of life wishes?

    Talking about a loves ones beliefs, wishes and values is the best way if they can no longer speak for themselves. If you can express them, put them on paper via documents known as an Advanced Directives or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. These documents will speak for you when you cannot. They

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  • David Kessler - Los Angeles, CA - Hospice & Palliative Medicine
    David Kessler answered:

    What is palliative care?

    Palliative Care, also called comfort care, is primarily directed at providing relief to a person in their last years of life through emotional support, symptom and pain management. The goal is not to cure, but to provide comfort and maintain the highest possible quality of life for as long as life remains.

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