Did anyone have an experience that made them not afraid of death?
I personally have not. My Grandfather, however, used to tell me the stories of his tours in East Asia. He told me, in the beginning of the war, he would go for days without sleep because he was so afraid for his life. Then as the war progressed, and he progressively became more and more hardened, He started to change his prospective. He came to the realization that he could indeed die at any second, but if he woke each morning with the full intention of dying that day he would find that it was much easier to sleep during his allotted rack time. He laughed when he told me that right before he closed his eyes he would think to himself "maybe tomorrow is my day." His day came long after the war ended.
As a matter of fact, I have. But it will be an important feature in my life story if I ever get that off the ground, so I won't be giving it away. And I definitely won't be giving it away on Hubpages.
But I can tell you that it was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life and one in which I came to realize the line between life and death, between this reality and whatever comes next, is a tenuous line, not a hard and fast, all-or-nothing difference. It is not like flicking off a light switch. Something does follow. That knowledge is sufficient for me to say that I don't fear death as I once did. It is still frightening because we are so accustomed to this life. A complete unknown is very often frightening. But now, at least for me, I feel some comfort in the belief that something does come after, and I won't just completely vanish in the mist.
I can't wait to read your life story. Knowing there is something beyond this life would definitely provide much comfort and make the fear of the unknown a little less scary. Few get this privilege.
Thank you, HealthyLife2. If enough people suggest they want to read it, I may actually have to finish it. The experience I mentioned was, indeed, a privilege.
Yes I was comatose for a month. I was pronounced "brain-dead" at Florida Hospital Altamonte and later transferred to a "higher level" hospital and eventually awakened. When I awoke I whispered to my Better Half who was watching over me; "is it ok if I go back" i don't think I was referring to her. All of my fear of death was erased with this trip to the flat-line...
I wrote a hub about it titled, There and Back (deux)
I have heard both my grandmother and father talking about lost loved ones as they drifted away, however I have had a few experiences myself. To be honest, out of the 3 unbelievable experiences, only once did I have a true happy experience that made me feel unafraid. I've been ill for several years and in the hospital every month for 2-7days. About 6 months ago, almost losing my battle, I had what you might call a "daydream" or what I call a vivid vision that includes the ability to smell, feel, etc. I was on a large white bridge alone and cold. I glanced towards a distant discolored bridge where I could see my 3 daughters and my grandsons. They were dressed up and going trick or treating. Laughing and having fun. I yelled, but no sound came out. As they seemed to be getting further away, the white bridge started to sparkle and for shapes as if the metal bridge was designed to look like lace. Suddenly, my grandmother appeared pushing a stroller with 2 children inside. She smiled and was excited to see me. (By the way.. my grandmother had 14 children, but 2 died during childbirth-my grandmother died the year I had my first daughter in 1987) As she took my hand, I could feel the warmth and love. I felt safe and began to feel good knowing my children were doing just fine without me. We crossed the bridge and I met dozens of people I never knew, but felt like I was finally home. The stress, pain and worries diminished and the people all around me made me feel incredibly loved.
I can only tell you one thing I know for sure. Faith is hard. Faith is when you let go of all of your fears, and know in your heart it's already gonna be just fine. Begging and asking and praying and wishing is not faith. When I pray, I ask for strength for my family to have faith in all they do. Let go of the fears and just know that you will be exactly where God meant you to be.
Thank you robilyn! For me surrendering to faith is hard without concrete proof but your story gives me hope. I appreciate you sharing this and hope it bring comfort an am sorry you have had to deal with health issues but hope you are doing well now.
I think regardless of what experience you have been through, not being afraid of death is impossible. You may become stronger mentally and you may have prepared yourself for death, but there is not one person out there that is not afraid of death I don't think. I could be wrong of course as I have never had an experience as profound as that. Interesting question...
Working in the Medical profession for years, I witnessed many who crossed over and the family members that remain behind. Some of the departed spoke during their last few moments, not all made sense, in some instances it appeared to be rambling. Fear of the unknown or death in this instance by any Human is frightening, but I do believe when the body is suffering from pain ( drugs don't always erase it) death may appear as a blessing..not giving any thoughts but to stop the discomfort ( mental or physical)..
My personal feeling is the body is nothing more than a " host " it's the Spirit
that moves on..perhaps to another level..we will never know the real answer.
Very interesting and thought provoking question..
I've met many people who have had near death experiences. Having an NDE tends to make people stop fearing death. I've never had one, but I have found studying them takes the edge off. I believe the greatest fear of death is the unknown factor; people who have had NDEs are familiar with it, so they tend not to fear it.
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