Death and Dying, Spirituality and Religions

A Study of the Death Awareness Movement

by Lucy Bregman (Author)
©2003 Monographs VIII, 252 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 228


The death awareness movement provides a new language for speaking about death and dying by stressing death, dying and bereavement as meaningful human experiences beyond their medical context. This movement appears secular and detached from religion, although its advocates embrace spirituality. However, is this separation from religion realistic? Death and Dying, Spirituality and Religions refutes that view and undermines the popular opposition between spirituality and religion. The death awareness movement is deeply indebted to popular Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism, as well as tribal religions for their ideas and images. Urging a thoughtful theological response, this book illustrates how such diverse religious legacies contribute to contemporary views of death and dying.


VIII, 252
ISBN (Hardcover)
death awareness movement Todesbewusstsein Religion death /spirituality death /religion contemporary views of death and dying
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. VIII, 252 pp.

Biographical notes

Lucy Bregman (Author)

The Author: Professor of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia, Lucy Bregman earned her Ph.D. in religion and psychological studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her publications include Death in the Midst of Life: Perspectives on Death from Christianity and Depth Psychology; Beyond Silence and Denial: Death and Dying Reconsidered; and First Person Mortal: Personal Narratives of Death, Dying and Grief (co-authored with Sara Thiermann).


Title: Death and Dying, Spirituality and Religions