Elisabeth was born a triplet, but was far more independent than her sisters and left Switzerland when she was a teenager. She went to eastern Europe to help people rebuild after World War II. Elisabeth later worked to earn money for a college education, and went to medical school. Elisabeth married an American medical student, and moved to the United States, where she became a psychiatrist. Dr. Kubler-Ross helped people to understand and face death. She helped doctors and others understand how dying people would like to be treated by asking some dying patients to serve as teachers. Elisabeth came to understand and teach people about the five stages of grief people go through after a loved one has died: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. She learned that people who are dying would rather be in a comfortable home-like environment than a hospital, and Dr. Kubler-Ross set up many hospices (places that are made to be like homes) for ill people.
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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.