David Kessler, founder of the award-winning Progressive Home Health Care Agency, is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grieving. He reaches hundreds of thousands of people through his books, beginning with his first book, The Needs of the Dying, which received praise from Mother Teresa and has been translated into 11 languages. He also had the distinct honor and privilege of working closely with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler Ross for the last decade of her life, and he coauthored two books with her: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons.
A nationally recognized leader in the field of hospice and palliative care, Kessler has advised President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton on hospice issues, and also served on Senator Diane Feinstein’s National AIDS Education and Health Care Advisory Committee. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon.
David Kessler’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Entertainment Tonight, and he has been interviewed on Oprah & Friends and Anderson Cooper 360°. Kessler has been discussed in the New York Times and the New Yorker, and he is a contributing writer for Oprah.com as well as an AOL.com Health Expert.
What People are Saying About David Kessler
“David Kessler’s work has made a significant contribution in helping us understand the needs of the dying.”
—American Cancer Society
“It is now, fortunately, my time to face death. David Kessler is my friend and student. He carries on my work.”
—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying