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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Learn more of the latest developments, announcements and events.

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Latest Projects


EKR Singapore / Southeast Asia

  • The EKR Foundation is excited to announce our latest international chapter in Singapore (SE Asia)
  • EKR South East Asia is already moving forward by initiating a fellowship program to teach medical professionals essential end of life training in these countries: The Philippines; Assam & Kerala, India; Nepal; Indonesia; Bangladesh; Timor Leste; and Lebannon
  • In February 2023, Green Pastures Hospital in conjunction with EKR Southeast Asia held a 2-day palliative care conference in Pokhara, Nepal

EKR France

  • They run ongoing mutual support groups for many different types of bereavement, such as those who’ve lost someone to suicide, those who have lost a spouse or a child, and children who have dealt with loss
  • They hosted three conferences, in 2018, 2019, and 2022 on all types of grief, such as loss of a spouse, loss of a child, and more
  • They run an ongoing group for people in mourning: mourning coffee
  • They run coloring workshops for anyone of any age who’s grieving
  • They offer support to business who have had employees who have passed

EKR Guatemala

  • They are addressing systemic hunger by distributing MANNA Packs and infant formula
  • They give Safe Birth delivery kits to expectant mothers
  • They donate prenatal vitamins and infant formula to new moms
  • They’re building an EKR Foundation Respite Center in Guatemala City, literally from the ground up
  • They donated reading glasses to 125 seniors in Rio Dulce
  • They donated a modern dental patient exam chair with accompanying dental instruments to a local hospital
  • They donated monthly vitamins to Birth Doulas (as much as 60 pounds of vitamins per month)

EKR Foundation created & manages an Amazon Wishlist for Guatemalan families

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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