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David Kessler            

Expert on Grief & Loss; Author of "Finding Meaning" and "The Needs of The Dying"

David Kessler is the world’s foremost expert on grief and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even afterlife’s tragedies. He is the author of six books, including "Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief." His first book, "The Needs of The Dying" received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa herself.

Kessler’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, Kessler has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about the end of life, trauma, and grief. He facilitates talks, workshops, and retreats for those experiencing grief. However, despite his vast knowledge on grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his 21-year-old son. Kessler's experience with the loss of his son was the catalyst for his book "Finding Meaning."

Kessler’s volunteer work includes being an LAPD Specialist Reserve for traumatic events as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team. He worked for over a decade in a three-hospital system. He was trained for bio-terrorists’ events as well as epidemics/pandemics. He is the founder of www.grief.com, which has over five million visits yearly from 167 countries.

In the COVID-19 crisis, Kessler became known for speaking out about how what many people were feeling while quarantined in their homes was really grief. People were grieving seeing loved ones, going to work, keeping their daily routines.

Speech Topics

Compassion Fatigue: Prevention, Power and Passion

Everyone that works in the frontlines of human services, customer service or any profession that requires care and compassion is challenged by this. We all sometimes take our work home and forget to allow for recharging of our mind and bodies. It isn't burn out, we become tired of being compassionate all the time. This lecture will focus on making a difference, bringing our best to work and play and continuing to care without it taking a toll.

Other Speech Topics:

The Bogeyman In the Closet: Living Fearlessly With Cancer

Cultural Competency In Business and Health Care: Why They Don't Trust Us and How to Earn Their Confidence.

The Final Work of Elisabeth Kubler Ross: How to Persevere In the Face of Adversity

Life Lessons: Living A Life That Matters and Doing Work That Counts

As one of the country's most well-known experts on grief and loss, David Kessler has a surprisingly uplifting perspective on life. His experience as both a healthcare professional with a Masters Degree in bioethics and an expert in hospice, grief and loss has given him unique insight into the most profound and human of experiences.

He speaks to a variety of groups across the country, including healthcare professionals and other organizations presenting motivating keynotes lectures that have everyone laughing and crying and ready to embrace life and work fully.


Making Meaning Out of Grief - The New York Times
Kessler, who works as a grief counselor, speaker and author, wrote: “I found great meaning in knowing that I had turned my loss into a vocation that helps ...
In 'Finding Meaning,' David Kessler adds a sixth stage of grief - Los ...
Kessler is also a survivor, and his own loss is still raw. His son, David, died three years ago of an accidental drug overdose at 21. The agony and paralysis that he  ...

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