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David Kessler  

Grief Expert, Contributor, Oprah.com, AOL Health Expert, Author, Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms

David Kessler is one the country's foremost experts and lecturers on grief and loss.

With his mentor, the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, he co-wrote the groundbreaking books On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss and Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach us about the Mysteries of Life and Living. David considers it an honor and privilege to have worked so closely with Elisabeth for ten years and to be with her during her passing.

His first book The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter was praised by Mother Teresa. His latest book, Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die (July 2010) was called "deeply moving" by the Los Angeles Times and was nominated as "Spiritual Book of the Year" by the Books for A Better Life Award.

David has helped thousands of men, women and children face life and death with peace, dignity and courage. His experiences have taken him from Auschwitz concentration camp to Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying Destitute in Calcutta. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses, and he also worked with Anthony Perkins, Michael Landon and industrialist Armand Hammer when they faced their own deaths.

David is a contributor to Oprah.com, serving as its grief expert, and he is the Grief Specialist for AOL Health's Experts Program. He and his work have been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Entertainment Tonight, on Oprah & Friends and Anderson Cooper 360° and in publications including The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. David also consulted with Warner Brothers studio doing press as the real life counter partner for the hospice and Afterlife expert in the film Hereafter, starring Matt Damon and directed by Clint Eastwood.

David is also a hospital administrator in the fifth largest hospital group in Los Angeles, and is chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee.


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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.

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


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