Death is an inevitable part of life. When one is born, he/she is ever closer and/or nearer to death. It is analogous to boarding a subway train, riding until the LAST STOP. Some will get off at that last stop sooner than others but eventually ALL will REACH their last stop.
Some of us are afraid of death. A few are quite apprehensive of it. Others will try to avoid it but in vain. There will be many who are quite resigned about it while others accept, even embrace it. Let's discuss.
Absolutely afraid of death and not really ashamed to say it. It is natural to fear the unknown. I should rephrase. I'm afraid of the experience of dying. After death, I won't have any feeling whatsoever (unless of course there is an afterlife of some sort.) I'm afraid of the actual process of dying.
First, let me say I hardly ever use the word anymore. It was always too limiting and even more now. A death, the end of something, even in its own nature, is eluding to the beginning of something else. We are energy and energy doesn't die, it only transitions into something else.
Because we are made of more than just our physical bodies as something animates us, something else is going on after the body drops. We are conscious beings. Where does our consciousness or our awareness of ourselves go? There are many resources out there about all kinds of answers to those questions, from a scientific point down to a religious or spiritual perspective...But here is my point, how can we die, if something else is still happening? I know and keep aware that all of my moments are important but most particular, this one, the one I"m in is my most important. I do my best in each one of those, not worrying about the beginning or the perceivable end. I take in all info I hear but don't attach myself to any, unless I choose to and usually on in part. Why even fear death when we are given so much to live in right now?
Death is a taboo subject? You die, your consciousness is no more. It's like that deep part of sleep you never remember being in, only you're not there anymore.
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Death should not be a taboo subject..its an inevitable part of life and nobody escapes it.
Having said that..... the only thing that scares me is having a really painful death...i don't want to go through physical suffering where i die after a painful accident or terminal illness....everybody, including me should die peacefully while sleeping,I think.
I agree. Im reading this book called "Finding the Words." Good book btw. http://literallife.wordpress.com/2011/0 … red-bland/
And in one of the stories a grandfather is passing away and his family strives and struggles to keep him alive. He is no longer himself. He doesn't speak, he barely eats, yet they want his presence to be kept here on earth as long as possible. When he passes they wail and moan (as is their custom), but I don't understand it. He was a Zionist, but maybe he was a secular Jew b/c the author (his grandson) has not yet mentioned God. And that, I would understand. If you had no hope of an after life, I can imagine not being able to let someone go. You would feel that you'd never see that person again... that could be overwhelming.
B/c of my faith, I do not mind death so much. I feel the pain of separation, like anyone else, but I have this hope that takes the sting out of death. I have always told my kids not to worry if one of us dies, b/c one day we will be together again and that time, it will be forever.
I don't like "shells"... I don't like dead things... they bother me, but death itself isn't tantamount to the end of a relationship. I believe it's just a passing... a journey we have to go alone, but will reunite with loved ones on the other side.
I would prefer it if sharks were not involved.
But why be scared or afraid though? What does that do for you?
I had to learn a bit about death and how to handle it in the classroom when I was training to be a teacher. I teach RS so death comes up quite a bit. It was interesting because we were taught how there has been a shift between sex and death- sex used to be the taboo subject but now it is everywhere- whereas before death wasn't as taboo- people wore mourning clothes and spoke about it quite openly. Perhaps because it happened all the time in the Victorian times- I know it happens all the time now but out mortality rates are better.
I wonder if death is such a taboo in countries where people still die a lot from unavoidable illnesses or poverty or war?
Another thing we learnt was about the massive amount of euphemisms we use surrounding death- babies are stillborn, born sleeping, miscarried. Old people "go to sleep", "pass away" and more humorous ones like "croaked it" "popped their clogs" "slid down the mortal coil". I am from the UK so wonder if all these phrases are used in the US too?
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