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How Can I Overcome Death Anxiety?

Updated on August 17, 2014


Death is a final outcome that in which no man or woman can escape. Many people have a problem dealing with death which creates anxiety a fear that can be difficult to subdue. This article takes a look at a positive way to face the fear of death.

What Is Death Anxiety?

According to research the fear of death or Death Anxiety involves a set change that cannot be corrected or resolved. This reality creates fear.

The driven force behind fear could stem from the death of a loved one or a close friend.

The thought of death frightens many. Letting go of the only life we've known can baffle our mind, which can cause death anxiety.

According to Healthline there is Most people experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. Examples of normal stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job, feeling nervous before a big test, or being embarrassed in certain social situations.

However, if stress and anxiety begin interfering with your daily life, it may indicate a more serious issue. If you are avoiding situations due to irrational fears, constantly worrying, or anxious about a traumatic event weeks after it happened, it may be time to seek help.

Death anxiety is the relentless fear of one's own death. "The feeling of dread, apprehension or solicitude as one thinks of the process of dying, or ceasing to ‘be’". Can also be referred to as thanatophobia (fear of death), and is distinguished from necrophobia, which is a specific fear of dead or dying persons and/or things. More psychological problems are foretelling of higher stages of death concern in elderly people.

Another form of death anxiety is Predatory death anxiety:

Predatory death anxiety arises from the fear of being harmed. It is the most basic and oldest form of death anxiety, with its origins stemming from the first ’ set of adaptive resources. Unicellular organisms have receptors that have evolved to react to external dangers and they also have self-protective, responsive mechanisms made to guarantee survival in the face of chemical and physical forms of attack or danger.In humans, this form of death anxiety is evoked by a variety of danger situations that put the recipient at risk or threatens his or her survival. These traumas may be psychological and/or physical.Predatory death anxieties mobilize an individual’s adaptive resources and lead to,active efforts to combat the danger or attempts to escape the threatening situation.

According to the Calm Clinic It's so easy to convince yourself that your anxiety symptoms are not anxiety at all – but rather a real medical problem. Visit a doctor, let them put your mind at ease, and in the meantime take my anxiety test to learn more about anxiety and the fear of death. The Calm Clinic also provided an online test which rates your anxiety level.

Many People Are Afraid To Die, Why? | Source

Death Is An Unknown Territory

Death is a voyage into a final state of existence which sets us apart from the only world we have ever known. Regardless of rather we were able to overcome the world many people cannot imagine a life beyond this one.

A world that does not hold a visual understanding is a scary concept for most of us to understand which promotes fear in return.

Certain Movies Such As 'The Green Mile', Deal Death As A Form Of Closure.

The What Scares You The Most About Dying Poll

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Sandra Bullock Gives A Riveting Performance Which Depicts How Many Of Us May View Death

The Solution:

Books that obtain closure dealing with Death Anxiety such as, 'Tuesdays with Morrie', prompt an understanding of a purpose driven life. The book acknowledges the fear of death, and simultaneously reassures that something greater such as peace will follow.

In order to overcome the fear anxiety, you must be determined to live your life one day at a time. Embrace each day as a gift. Don’t get caught up in fear, which in many cases is a symbol of bereavement on earth.

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Tuesday With Morrie

Surround Yourself With Positive People


Embrace This Life To The Fullest!

Surround yourself with positive people. If you can't find encouraging friends and your life seems as if it's spiraling out of control due to fear, invest in positive books and speakers.

In due season the fear of death will subside, defeated by the power of life.

Emunah La-Paz

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© 2013 Emunah La Paz


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    • swilliams profile image

      Emunah La Paz 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for your helpful insight Denise!

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I used to have a fear of death, as I had a brother die when I was just a teenager. When in college, I took a class on death and dying, and part of the assignment was to interview a funeral director at a mortuary. As he took me on a tour of the building, and I saw what happens to a person after their death, it helped to take away some of my fear. Since then, I have felt comfortable talking about death with others, and I do not fear my own.