In this groundbreaking new work, David Kessler-an expert on grief and the coauthor with Elisabeth K&252;bler-Ross of the iconic On Grief and Grieving-journeys beyond the classic five stages to discover a sixth stage: meaning.In 1969, Elisabeth K&252;bler Ross first identified the stages of dying in her book On Death and Dying. Decades later, she and David Kessler wrote the classic On Grief and Grieving, adapting those well-loved stages for those in grief. Now, based on hard-earned personal experiences, as well as decades of knowledge from work with the grieving, Kessler introduces a critical sixth stage. Many people look for "closure" after a loss. Kessler, however, argues that it's finding meaning beyond the stages of grief most of us are familiar with-denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance-that can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience. In this book, Kessler gives readers a road map to remembering those who have died with more love than pain by moving forward in a way that honors our loved ones. Kessler's insight is both professional and intensely personal. His journey with grief began when, as a child, he witnessed a mass shooting at the same time his mother was dying. For most of his life, Kessler taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about end of life, trauma, and grief, as well as leading talks and retreats for those experiencing grief-but despite his knowledge, his life was completely turned upside down by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son. How does the grief expert handle such a tragic loss? He knew he had to find a way through this unexpected, devastating loss that would honor his son. That, ultimately, was the sixth state of grief-meaning. In Finding Meaning, Kessler shares the insights, collective wisdom, and powerful tools that will help those experiencing all types of losses. Finding Meaning is a necessary addition to grief literature and a vital guide to healing from tremendous loss. This is an inspiring, beautifully written, deeply intelligent must-read for anyone looking to journey away from suffering, through loss, and towards meaning.