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Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth (08 July 1926–24 August 2004), psychiatrist and writer on death and dying, was born in Zurich, Switzerland, to Ernst Kübler, a business executive, and Emmy Villiger Kübler. The eldest of triplet sisters, she also had an older brother. The household was conservative and rigorously Protestant, and the children were raised to be self-disciplined and obedient. Elisabeth had a sickly childhood, and frequent hospitalizations, as well as exposure to dying friends and neighbors, gave her an early acquaintance with mortality, a fact she later cited to explain the inception of her professional interest in death....