Neoplatonic thought states that the universe is structured with God at the top, and everything else leading up to God in a series of steps underneath him. "The philosophical tradition that Christianity found most compatible was the Platonic: its distinction between changing sense appearances and unchanging, immaterial "forms" known through the intellect complemented Christianitys otherworldly orientation." In other words, a person gradually moves away from the material to the spiritual. "Neoplatonists hold that being incorporated into the material realmthough not in itself evilmakes a person fall into a state of exile and forget existences true goal: reunion with the divine."
Reunion with the divine comes with death if Neoplatonic thought underpins medieval philosophy, then theoretically death should be viewed as a glorious occasion, not a dreaded one.
 Lillian Bisson, Chaucer and the Late Medieval World, (New York, 1998) p. 5.
 Bisson, p.7.