there is an old joke of a nurse who had died and it took her two weeks to realize she was not at work. hee. forgive the humor but the question is just so grim. I think it is a yes. I feel it should be literal. but then again, since no one has truly ever come back to tell us what it is like, i guess it is a faith thing. if there is a heaven, there is a hell. thankyou for asking the question. sincerely meow48
When hell is translated from sheol, it only means a whole in the ground like a grave. so, yes, there is a place called hell - it is a grave.
the DEAD are in sheol (Proverbs 9:18)
souls are REDEEMED from sheol (Psalm 49:15)
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