Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 58–69 | Cite as

Dying: A universal human experience?

  • Lucy Bregman


This paper explores the question, “Is there a universal psychological experience suffered by all dying persons?” a question to which the popular theory of Kübler-Ross presupposes an affirmative answer. Our answer takes three steps: first, a comparison between the Kübler-Ross model of dying and that of the late medievalBook of the Craft of Dying centered upon the five Kübler-Ross “stages”; second, a philosophical critique of the terms of this comparison; and third, a revised look at the alleged similarities between the two models, providing a deeper look at the moral and spiritual assumptions behind each.


Human Experience Psychological Experience Affirmative Answer Popular Theory Philosophical Critique 
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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucy Bregman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Temple University in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania

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