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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., of Scottsdale, Arizona, graduated this life on August 24, 2004 at the age of 78. She was born on July 8, 1926 to Ernst and Emma (Villager) Kubler, in Zurich, Switzerland. Elisabeth lived her life in the service of dying patients and their grieving families. A psychiatrist and prolific author, she is best known for her landmark 1969 book, "On Death and Dying." Elisabeth transformed the way Western culture responds to dying patients, improving psychosocial care to children and families experiencing death. She was particularly admired by those involved in both the hospice movement and parental bereavement organizations. Elisabeth is survived by her children, Kenneth Ross of Scottsdale, AZ and Barbara Rothweiler of Wausau, WI; grandchildren Sylvia and Emma; and her sister Eva Bacher of Reihen, Switzerland. She was a hero to countless lives that she touched over the past five decades working in the field. Elisabeth was a tireless advocate who epitomized compassion, kindness, and selfless humanity. She will be missed by tens of thousands of friends, colleagues, and supporters who love her. Her legacy will, indeed, live for generations to come. There will be visitations at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale on Thursday, September 2nd from 4-8 pm and Friday, September 3rd from 4-6:30 pm. There will also be a visitation at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. on Saturday, September 4, from noon to 3 pm, followed by a funeral memorial service beginning at 3 pm. On Sunday, September 5, at 10 am there will be a public committal at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, Elisabeth requested that donations be made to her chosen charities. For more information: www.elisabethkublerross.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 1, 2004
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