Each day we are reminded about death: a commercial on the television about starving children in Africa or a suicide bombing in the Middle East, headline in the newspaper about a murder, suicide, shooting. Word of a untimely death of children or friends and family, it seems that death is everywhere. Death is my greatest fear and it is the greatest fear of most people, a famous Greek writer named Euripides wrote “Death is the debt everyone must pay” and honestly I don’t think people want to accept that, or are too scared to admit that. When I think of death, there are images of an obituary in a newspaper memorializing someones life; a casket containing the deceased person; people dressed in black; rituals of a funeral, and burial; tears of sorrow; grief; memories of those who passed on; a grey tombstone inscribed with the words “Rest in Peace.” I also look back to good times, struggles of sickness, last visits, final words spoken. Mark Twain wrote “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” The thought of dying can be a terrifying experience for most people, especially for people who aren’t religious. The fear of non existence after death can easily create anxiety and panic. When death comes for me, I hope to die in my sleep or without warning. One of the worst experiences, I believe, is to be told by a doctor that you are terminally ill, and having to live each day knowing that your life is nearing an end. The idea of death would create all sorts of questions: Do I want to be buried or cremated? Who is the executor of the will? What happens after death? Is there an afterlife? Will the person ever see their loved ones again? One question can be answered: We are all going to die.
There is no agreement on what happens after we die. Atheists argue that after death there is nonexistence. Nothingness. Elimination of the mind, body, “self”, spirit and soul. We are born, mature, grow old, and...
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