like many of my colleagues, owe a debt of gratitude to this
amazing lady and her pioneering work not just with te dying
but most importantly for the living. In 1983 I became actively
involved in developing my work in primary care. My personality
found it difficult to work with what many at the time termed
'the revolving door of chronicity' inherent in psychiatric care
at the time. In 1981 I moved from studying neuroscience to working
in psychiatry when I joined a district department of clinical
psychology. The department where I was based was in the grounds
of a massive Victorian psychiatric hospital and part of my duties
as both clinician and manager involved covering four other hospitals
with a combined total of some 15,000 plus in-patients. It was
an important part of my professional development and I learned
much from the experience until I began developing what were
retmed primary care services in the District General Hospital.
attending workshops and seminars some of which were with Dr
Kubler-Ross I can recall, to this day, working with a 39 year
old woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer. We had a total
of four sessions during which time she embraced all and more.
In our last session she thanked me for all that I had so accurately
reflected back to her during which time she had put in place
key changes which the cancer's wake up call to her life had
Full Video which I watched back in the early 1980's and which
inspired me on the path I would embark upon - working with the
dying, their familiies, friends and most importantly supporting
the staff, both doctors and nursing team, in their work.
Filmed in 1983, Dr. Kubler-Ross discusses end of life issues
including forgiveness and the concept of unconditional love.
Children and Death
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross -
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