About the Foundation

The EKR Foundation is a non-profit organization inspired by the life of psychiatrist, humanitarian, and hospice pioneer Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. It’s in the spirit of embracing all of life — which includes death — that we further her mission and vision through collaborations, education, and advocacy.

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Inspired by the life of psychiatrist, humanitarian and hospice pioneer, Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

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Education Series >

Read about our previous online Healing through Grief: Alternative, Holistic & Creative Approaches Series.

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Grief Support >

Information on collaborative partners and resources we support.

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Blog >

Learn more of the latest developments, announcements and events.

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The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation — Global


The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation — Global


“The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one(s) we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.”

— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

What’s Happening in the Foundation Today

  • We’re honoring the 50th anniversary of the publication of On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross M.D. It was featured in The American Journal of Bioethics.

    The American Journal of Bioethics

  • National Public Radio’s Radiolab recently featured Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and the Five Stages of Grief. Read more on our blog.    

    EKR Featured on National Public Radio’s Radiolab!

  • Our new chapter, Singapore, is initiating a fellowship program to teach medical professionals essential end of life training in the Philippines, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and East Timor.

    EKR South East Asia

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We envision a world where all people and their families can have a dignified life even when approaching death and are supported with compassion while dying — by family, friends, the community, and healthcare providers who embrace all of life including death.

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