Who said the reaper has to be grim? Filled with the frightening, funny, poignant, & just plain weird, this delightfully different travelogue follows one man's quest to discover how people around the world cope with the incontrovertible fact of death. The result is a wise, witty, decidedly quirky celebration of how we all face life. Explores human beings simultaneous fear & fascination with death; the physiological & psychological experience of death; the world s funeral & grieving rites; & religious, spiritual, & philosophical theories about immortality. This edition includes an Epilogue.