On the Fear of Death
...It is inconceivable for our unconscious to imagine an actual ending of our own life here on earth, and if this life of ours has to end, the ending is always attributed to a malicious intervention from the outside by someone else. In simple terms, in our unconscious mind we can only be killed; it is inconceivable to die of a natural cause or of old age. Therefore death in itself is associated with a bad act, a frightening happening....
Swiss American psychologist. Born and educated in Switzerland, Kübler-Ross came to the United States in 1958 to continue her medical studies. She discovered her life's mission when, assigned to a psychiatric hospital, she was appalled by the treatment of dying patients. Her first book, On Death and Dying (1969), expressed her outrage and outlined the Five Stages of Grief that made her famous. She devoted the rest of her life to understanding the psychology of death, improving care for the terminally ill, and supporting the hospice movement. Her twenty-three books include On Children and Death (1983), AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge (1987), The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying (1997), and, with David Kessler, On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss (2005). See also ekrfoundation.org.