David Kessler

David Kessler, a well-known expert on healing and loss, is coauthor with Louise Hay of the best-selling book You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death, which has been a number-one book on divorce and loss. He coauthored two other books with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler Ross, and has been a contributing writer for eHarmony, Oprah.com, and Anderson Cooper 360. He lectures throughout the United States, Australia, and the UK, teaching therapists how to help their clients after a breakup, betrayal, divorce, and other losses. 

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • You Can Heal Your Heart

    Holidays are about togetherness. When you’ve lost someone special, your world loses its celebratory qualities. Holidays only magnify loss, since the sadness feels sadder and the loneliness goes deeper.

  • Healing a Broken Heart

    Nine years ago, my marriage ended. I’d spent 18 years with my now ex-husband. He was the foundation of my life and my very best friend.

  • Grief and Healing in the Wake of the Storm

    David Kessler knows firsthand what it’s like to lose your home and all the memories it holds. He was 9 years old when Hurricane Camille destroyed his family’s house on the Gulf of Mexico. He remembers sorting through their wet, ruined possessions, looking for something, anything that was salvageable.