This is a deep question to me. It may be uncomfortable for some and even frightening. Others it may not. I danced with contemplation, reflection, and introspection seeking to arrive at an answer. I call those three pondering. So, I thank you for that adventure while ask for forgiveness of the answers length.
Anyway an answer, which may change, is I prefer an ‘After life’ while am not settled on what an ‘End’ means regard ‘Life’ with its meaning. For instance does an end mean nothingness? I easily can ponder what that means relational to an afterlife.
Sharing TMI (?) . . . or cause of pondering . . .
It seems to me we can only rely on the human condition, experiences, and obtained knowledge to answer the question. Seeking to answer has been a journey for me this morning, but really has been a part of my life adventure. To me we all experience death in our lives. I can attest to experiences with endings being:
Note: Insert here I share I did ponder the verses about dying to self.
** Near death experiences – nothingness, but did gain consciousness
** Anesthesia experiences – Ditto above
** Amnesia experiences – Nothingness with consciousness and incomplete memory recovery
** Death relational to relatives and friends while ponder the afterlife of the friendships – Human experience seen through human condition. Also, they continue living with any persons in spirit as long as there is remembrance?
** Death of a career, jobs, relationships, and such – Human experience and human condition
** Death of a current life due to major illness causing an afterlife, so Ditto above
** And, many other losses – Ditto above
I ask how do I learn from those and relate to an End and Afterlife. Of course, I can ponder religious text and scripture to gain meaning through those experiences as well as other sources of knowledge. I kinda think a question to ask is where do I find comfort between those two possibilities in this life now? With that I depart while continue the adventure pondering . . .