David Kessler's experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even after life's tragedies.

Why you should listen

David Kessler is the author of six books, including the new bestselling book Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He coauthored two books with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, updating her five stages for grief. He also cowrote You Can Heal Your Heart with Louise Hay. His first book, The Needs of The Dying, received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

Kessler's personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, he has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police and first responders about the end of life, trauma and grief. He facilitates talks, workshops and retreats for those experiencing grief. However, despite his vast knowledge on grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his 21-year-old son. It inspired him to write his newest and most personal book, Finding Meaning. He's the founder of grief.com, which has more than five million visits yearly from 167 countries.

David Kessler’s TED talk