What is the ONE thing that people are MOST afraid of regarding death?
as for a person's own death, regretting not fulfilling their dreams and/ or how they will be remembered. As for the death of loved ones, not having them around anymore.
I would think there are two different possible answers, however I am sure there are many. First is its quality as being finality. Physical life ends. The other is simply not knowing while realizing no one else knows of the experience of least that is definitive.
my biggest fear is when I lost my mom as a grown adult,how devastating that was and I couldn't imagine my babies having to go through that.My fear is my loved ones being hurt
For me, it's the thought of everything just ending. One day, everything for you stops, and your importance in the world falls down to the things you did, and not who you were in reality.
You become up to interpretation. A memory. To live on as a memory to other people is both comforting and horrifying at the same time.
For me, two things:
1) will the process be painful and protracted, and
2) what lies beyond.
I actually fear the first more than the second. I have been studying near death experiences; most are positive. However, you can't always tell about the first, and you may be in a position where you can't do anything about it.
I think that it's Uncertainty.We are also attached to the first instinct which is Survival. This raises the question as to why we are so interested in Survival. One can say it is because we fear Death, which in itself would create a vicious cycle, e.g. why do we fear Death?
We are generally attached to the world which is all we know, and we wish to live forever. We are attached to friends, family, camaraderie ....many things, but the root cause is Desire.
However, I am returning to uncertainly. Indeed we feel fear and uncertainty all our lives. What's going to happen if I walk down that dark alley or catch the midnight train home, or Jack walks out leaving me with the two children?
Will she marry me or find someone else? What would happen if Joy gets offered my job? Will I get another or be able to cope financially? Why do I look right and left when I cross the road? I fear death, so again I ask, why?
From a profound spiritual standpoint, the nature of the Soul is to seek Freedom. We are living in isolation from our True Source, and the Soul knows this either consciously or unconsciously. Why do we fear pain? Because we wish to be free of pain. (immortal), The mind and emotions wrongly identify with this Freedom, as that which it obtains here, and as such fears all that would appear to take it away. The Soul knows, but is still a sojourner in harmony with God's plan.
There is a cloud of unknowing hanging over death and it is very difficult for most mortals to face. Funny my penultimate poem was on death, I believe. I have three positive poems on this subject, and there are many on the Net by Rumi and one by ... (forgot). It is called Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep. Caroline Norton or Mary Elizabeth Fry. Check it out. Much Love this Sat bank Holiday, Grace. Peace.
All any of us has ever known is this one life. The things we've seen, heard, and experienced were through the lens of that life. We have no memory of what came before it, nor can we look beyond it. Though the universe will go on without us, our personal universe will come to an end. With such a limited perspective, its understandable that the end of our universe would be a scary prospect.
I like being alive, I like living in this universe. So, it saddens me that one day I won't. But I do think there is some level of comfort in the knowledge that I won't have the capacity to be sad about it after I die. All of the things we feel now will be gone. A human mind is saddened by death, a human mind can't comprehend eternity. But when we die, we don't have a human mind anymore. I'm not implying that we will get some other kind of mind. I mean, if we are gone, we can't be sad about being gone.
Probably the finality. One no longer is consciously living out an existence and experiencing life. I look on the bright side. I love to sleep and I'm not conscious when that happens. So death is probably a nice thing to have happen to oneself.
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