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 Pulmonary Disease:

    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, poor air quality claims 5.5 million lives prematurely worldwide -- more than half of them in China and India, two of the world's fastest-growing economies, according to new research.

    Power and industrial plants release tiny particles i...Full Article

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

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery -- good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests.

    However, the news is not the same ...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests.

    British scientists found the negative health effects of air pollution -- such as a higher risk of lung and heart...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Car crashes, shootings and drug overdoses, which cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States, may explain why Americans' life expectancy is lower than in similar countries, a new study suggests.

    Americans' life expectancy is about t...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the last two days before dying, many hospice patients cared for at home or in a nursing home were not seen by a doctor, nurse or social worker, a new study finds.

    The researchers found that one in eight Medicare patients didn't get such visits, ...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The influence of a husband or wife on their spouse's quality of life remains strong even after death, a new study says.

    Couples who have been married a long time develop a high level of interdependence, and one partner's quality of life at death co...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While HIV diagnoses dropped significantly over the past decade in the United States, blacks with HIV are less likely than whites or Hispanics to receive routine, ongoing care, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    From ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of American and Canadian adults believe a cure for cancer will be found in their lifetime, and that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, according to a new Harris Poll.

    Nearly three out of five Americans and Canadians exp...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Hematology-Oncology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hodgkin lymphoma is a form of cancer that starts in white blood cells is often curable. But, poor black and Hispanic young people are less likely to survive the disease than their white peers, a new study shows.

    "This study identifies vulnerable...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients hospitalized on a weekend because of medical emergencies tend to be older and more disabled than those admitted on weekdays, a new study shows.

    That could be one reason why weekend arrivals may be more likely to die, the Irish researchers...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research assesses the often fatal outcomes for people with eating disorders, particularly anorexia.

    The study found that people with anorexia nervosa were five times more likely to die early than those in the general population. Most of the de...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about General Practice:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates among middle-aged white Americans were higher than expected in 2014, likely because progress against common killers such as diabetes and heart disease has halted, a new study contends.

    Substance abuse and suicide rates among white adul...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A protein in the brain may hold a key to slowing progression of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

    And boosting this protein might be as simple as increasing exercise and social activity, experts say.

    The protein is encoded by a...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to ozone air pollution -- commonly known as smog -- may increase the risk of death from heart and lung diseases, a new study indicates.

    Researchers reviewed data from a U.S. study that began in 1982 and found that for every addi...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans are unnecessarily screened for breast and prostate cancer, which can lead to treatments they don't need, a new study contends.

    The practice may also be costing the U.S. health care system $1.2 billion a year, the researchers...Full Article