EKR Newsletter – Fall 2017

EKR Newsletter – Fall 2017

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Newsletter

Fall, 2017


It has been a difficult time for many lately, with devastation occurring throughout the US and many parts of the world. Just here in the U.S. – Texas, Florida, Northern California, Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean have all experienced natural disasters that have pummeled day-to-day life for millions. Add to these events, the man-made violence such as that occurred in Las Vegas and it’s understandable why many question if life will ever seem safe and stable again…which is exactly why the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation must continue to thrive:

 The world it seems, needs more hope.

 Elisabeth, born in a time of the Great Depression, the Holocaust and World War, had a unique perspective on death, tragedy, grief and despair. In fact, when she combined her personal journey with her education and professional experience, she went on to inspire millions as she published her thoughts on navigating life’s tragedies. In each of her 24 books that were published in 34 languages, she instilled perspective that was rooted in hope.

 So before we share the recent work of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation in the rest of the newsletter below, we ask you to focus on this one message from Elisabeth:

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 “When we face the worst that can happen in any situation, we grow. When circumstances are at their worst, we can find our best.” EKR

We hope you embed this message in your heart, remembering that though things may seem wildly uncertain and untenable, there is always hope to be found.


 News from the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation

 Whether or not you are directly impacted by a disaster and its aftermath, the sense of grief and loss can grip your heart for a long time. If you, your family or friends would like to address issues of grief and loss in your own life, the staff of Elisabeth’s former “Life, Death, and Transition” workshops continue to offer workshops around the country. www.externalizationworkshops.com.


 Announcing Our Ambassadors

 The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation is honored to announce our new “ EKR Ambassadors” those who will help us further Elisabeth’s legacy. The first one we’d like to introduce is actress Alicia Coppola from Los Angeles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alicia_Coppola

 At the age of 12, Alicia’s beloved father was diagnosed with cancer and through his illness, she grew to understand grief and the concept of living while dying. As an author, Alicia memorialized her journey in Gracefully Gone, https://www.amazon.com/Gracefully-Gone-Alicia-Coppola/dp/1484029119, a published memoir in which she speaks candidly about growing up while watching him become increasingly ill and caring for him throughout end-of-life while she was in college.

 Fast forward: Alicia Coppola has just completed the seventh season of Showtime’s Shameless and stars opposite Bailee Madison in the recently released feature film, A Cowgirl’s Story for Samuel Goldwyn Films. She has a recurrent role on CBS’s NCIS LA and recently co-starred opposite Zac Efron in Max Joseph’s feature film We Are Your Friends.


Alicia currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Anthony and their three children.


Welcome to the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, Alicia!

We’re so honored you’re helping us to further Elisabeth’s work.

Alicia Coppola 


Dianne Gray and Ken Ross were the opening and closing keynote speakers at Golden Willow Retreat’s recent conference, “Resilience: Support in Turbulent Times” in Taos, New Mexico. Reverend Ted Wiard continues to do wonderful work helping people navigate their grief. We’re so thankful to collaborate with Ted and his team.


 Dianne Gray & Ken Ross

Next up

Ken Ross will be presenting a keynote on Elisabeth’s legacy at the Alabama Hospice & Palliative Organization annual conference on October 18, 2017. www.ahpco.org

He’ll also be speaking at the “Friends of Hospice” organization’s annual conference on November 14 in Shawano, Wisconsin.

Dianne Gray will keynote the Tennessee Hospice Organization’s annual conference on November 17, 2018 in Brentwood, TN. www.tnhospice.org


 International News


Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation board member, Joan Marston, retired last year from the International Children’s Palliative Care Network after a decade of service. Her work on behalf of seriously ill children around the world is legendary. We’re so thankful for her! She recently recently gave two talks on the wisdom of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

 EKR Board Member

Foundation board member, Dr. M. R. Rajagopal has a new newsletter for all of our friends in India: http://palliumindia.org/newsletter/.  

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Also, Dr. Rajagopal is featured in a moving new documentary: “Hippocratic” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o__2hrc2gVY

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation Chapter Netherlands is hosting a ceremony in Nieuwkoop, Netherlands to celebrate Elisabeth’s important contributions to the development of hospice in that country. The country’s first hospice, as well as the town square, will be renamed after Elisabeth. There will also be a bi-annual EKR Award presented in her name. http://www.vptz.nl/actueel/nieuws/eerste-elisabeth-kubler-ross-lezing-nieuwkoop/

 The first-ever Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation Chapter in Santiago, Chile recently opened on the 13th anniversary of Elisabeth’s passing. President Eva Johanna Velandia-Aranguren plans to develop grief support education, and training for hospice & social workers. https://www.facebook.com/EKRChile/


Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Chapter, EKR Japan recently completed their milestone 40th LDT (Life, Death and Transition) workshop in Kobe, Japan. http://www.ldt-workshop.org/index.html

EKR France is hosting a “death café” in Lyon at 6 PM on October 17th. http://ekr.france.free.fr/index/Affiche12.pdf

 We are grateful for our many supporters around the world who continue to advance the many tenets EKR’s compassionate vision. To be included on our mailing list, please click the subscription button or write us at: info@nullEKRFoundation.org.

Blessings to each and every one of you throughout the coming months!

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