Speaking Engagements


The Five Stages of Grief™ Speech & Trainings

Ken Ross is the son of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (deceased), pioneering legend in hospice and bereavement and palliative care education in the United States, and noted author of 24 books in 44 languages about death and dying. Dr. Kübler-Ross’ first book, “On Death & Dying” originally described the famous “5 Stages of Grief” and is now being printed in it’s 50th year edition. It is currently available in 27 languages.

President, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, 2018
Board member, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center, 1994-1996
Principal Health Care Provider for Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, 1995 – 2004

Author, Real Taste of Life: A Journal by Ken Ross and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, 2002
Tea with Elisabeth by Ken Ross, Fern Stewart Welch, and Rose Winters, 2009

Public Speaker,
The Five Stages of Grief™ (30-60 minute presentation)

The Kübler-Ross Change Curve™ (30-60 minute presentation)

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: Hospice Pioneer & Humanitarian (45-90 minute presentation).


“We were honored to welcome Ken Ross as our Dinner Gala Speaker at our symposium. He engaged our audience in a way that few can, with a tenderness and passion that both touched and energized all who were fortunate enough to be in attendance.”
⏤Lisa Curran Parenteau, BA, LMT; Marketing and Training Consultant, Center for Compassionate Touch LLC

Ken Ross is the son of the late Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, pioneering legend in the hospice and palliative care arena.  Elisabeth, famous for her wit and voracious appetite for life, is best known for her seminal publication, On Death and Dying. In it, she shared the results of interviews with hundreds of dying patients–which resulted in the highly discussed Five Stages of the Dying/Grief. Elisabeth is the author of 24 books in 44 languages, each focusing on some aspect of compassionate care for the dying, the grieving, the suffering, and of course, unconditional love.

Ken is President of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation and was the principal care provider for his mother the last 9 years of her life. When she was alive he traveled with her extensively often-bearing witness to her love of life and compassionate care of the suffering. Ken has spoken to thousands of individuals around the world on the topic of his mother’s philosophies, her adventurous antics, and life history, which lead to her career in end of life care.

To read Ken’s Public Speaker biography (including previous Speaking Engagements), click here.

Select Speaking Engagements:

EKR: Guatemala, Zoom Class of the Life of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross at 7PM, Pacific Standard, May 2020, Contact us at for further information.

The Global Summit on Nursing and Healthcare, held in Oslo, Norway in June of 2020 under the theme “Exploring the innovations, emerging Issues, challenges and practical experiences in Nursing and Healthcare.”   Participation of over 150 speakers and delegates from 15 Countries. For more information on the Global Summit, click here.

Kampala, Uganda, The 7th African Palliative care Conference, August 2022.

Singapore, “The Wellness to Wholeness” Symposium, November 2022.

Pokhara, Nepal, The Green Pastures, “Pediatric Palliative care Integrated with Chronic Disease Management” Workshop, February 2023


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