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I wanted to know what your guys opinions are on death.

My Sunday School teacher of last year died either late last night or early this morning. I was very upset and still am. We weren't as close as I wish we were, but if were not for him, I might not still be a Christian. Yes, I cried. I cry a lot, for a guy. But I have been praying for him constantly since I heard. I wish for you guys to pray for him.

I know we all bound to death, but I still hope it doesn't happen because death is scary. I will say though, I am not afraid to die, which is different than death. I'm an organ donor, so I know I'll help people even after I die.

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Death means nothing to me. To be sure, I don't want to die, it's very inconvenient, but there is no fear of it. It's just something that will happen eventually, like taking a shit or getting old. Although, I will probably be a bit sad when my mom dies, but I can say that no death I've been involved in so far has caused any ill feeling. Well, there was one time when long after my favourite priest died (well, he was an arch-bishop at the time), I did feel moved at an anniversary memorial service. But that was more due to the greatness of being, humanity and, yes, grace that he personified in life.
 

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I'm honestly afraid of death...But if it happens, then it happens...I don't believe that there is a heaven or hell really...But if there are, then it'd be nice (heaven that is...)
 

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Also, please do not make this into a God thing. I would hate to start one.
 

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I'm not afraid of death. If I die, I die knowing that I live a good life and that people well remember me even after my death.
 

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I don't think I fear death, but it prob. is one of those things I won't *really* know until its right ---> there. I do have a healthy respect for life, and how I live it. Faith in an afterlife is one of the things that calms my fears. When my Grandfather died, I realized that all we (the living) have are the memories of our experiences with those who have gone on. Concentrate on making good memories all the way around.

I know the feelings are raw right now, but it will get better.
 
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I'm not afraid of death so much as I am scared of how I'm going to die. I just find it amazing that we can live to be over 80 years old and avoid billions of ways we could possibly die. That's over 29,000 days we grace this earth! And every day something could happen! What scares me to think is that even the slightest change in routine may ultimately see you to your early demise. Kind of of like that movie "Sliding Doors", where the most seemingly inconspicuous event has the biggest life outcome. The "What if...?" question is something I ask myself far too often for my own good.

But as for actually passing on? I don't believe in heaven or hell, I simply believe in a higher state of existence where our consciousness resides.
 

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Personally I know I am going to die I don't know when don't know how. I really don't care but I of course hope its not painful like anything else that might hurt me. I think everyone is sad when someone close to them dies, it sucks no one can deny that.

I have no idea what happens after you die and that's what freaks me out. There's no way to find out I think there is a heaven and a hell, but I have no idea what either will be like. Is my soul something different then me right now? (don't answer that, its not a real question.)
 

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I am an atheist. I definitely believe in death, but don't believe we go anywhere. Kind of a bummer in a way. I'd love to be able to reincarnate or be able to reunite with passed friends and loved ones. But so it goes. I am convinced it will not happen, and I fully accept it.

As far as the death process, I do cringe slightly to think about it. In reality, the brain decay that evolutionists say explains "near death experiences" seems like it could be kind of painful, though it's hard to describe how.
 

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Also, please do not make this into a God thing. I would hate to start one.
hee hee. yes indeed, what could be more embarassing than inadvertantly being the one to start a god thing. XD

i've never been particularly afraid of death itself. it's not like i'll be all upset about the experiences i will have missed; i doubt it'll matter that much to me after i'm dead. the one thing about death i find a bit unsettling is the process of dying. i was present for my grandmother's death from cancer (2 years ago now) which lasted just over a week and was relatively quick and painless. even so, it looked really unpleasant, and i can't say i'm looking forward to experiencing it myself. toward the end she became too weak to breathe properly, and the mucous and tissue in her lungs rattled with every breath. it's probably going to hurt when it happens, but happen it will so we may as well get used to the idea. chances are there are plenty of other things that will happen or have already happened to us in life that will hurt more. i've never broken any major bones, for example, and i'm wondering if it'll be possible for me to get through my life without ever doing so. still, i sometimes hope that when i die it'll be because i got run over by a bus or something. most people in this day and age wind up dying horribly long painful drawn-out deaths in hospitals.

an elderly landlady of mine used to say that she hoped to die peacefully in bed at the age of 102: shot by a jealous lover.
 

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I must admit I'm a bit (only a bit) afraid of death, simply because is something we don't know (and because I cannot think of a world without me :p).

btw, is a necessary thing, is the circle of life and we must accept it, we like it or not.

Last year I had a teacher who died in a plane crash :( , so I know How you feel.
 

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Well, as we all know...the funerals and wakes and what-not are for those who are left, not the dead.

I'm not afraid of death, we are all destined for it. There is no stopping it! Although, we (as humans) believe we can prolong life in some feeble attempt to evade the inevitable, it comes to all of us, sooner or later.

Why pray for the dead? Pray for the living, they need your prayers! The dead have already come to the end of this life, and where they go in the next (if indeed there is a next life and somewhere to go) is already determined when they draw their last breath!
 

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I see death much more often than many working in a ER. There are times when it seems worse than others (like when a baby, child or young person dies.) There are also times when it seems right and peaceful. All I can do is hope that I did the best I could to help the person or at least make them comfortable. Actually, I am quite honored often times when I am there for a person's last moments of life.
 

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Interesting fact. Even an offhand comment about something that might cause death (such as food scares where if you look at the statistics it shows nothing) will cause the average persons brain activity to triple as it gets devoted to the idea of their own death.

Another interesting fact. In the year after 9/11, people being less willing to use planes and the increase in car traffic resulted in 6 times as many deaths as the people in the four planes used in the attacks.

While some people may not be especially worried about death, I expect that only people who are actually suicidal would really not care about death. Come on, think about it! Are you really so sure you don't care if you life gets snapped away at this very moment. Even suicidal people often have second thoughts right before they take there life away. So if you have said you have no fear of death, think about that closely!

So I will not say that I never worry about death. I would like to live a long, and happy life. However, I am not so frightened about death that it crosses my mind often, in fact it hardly crosses my mind at all, and unfortunately the only time is ever was thinking about it a lot was when I was contemplating it. If I do end up thinking about it now I don't want it to happen. However I would like to think that if I were going to die soon I wouldn't be to worried about it. Of course I'll never know if I am not in that situation. So am I afraid to die? Yep! Does it cause me a problem? Would I not do something dangerous to try and avoid death? Probably not!
 

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I'm not afraid of death in the slightest, even as someone who believes in nothing after it.

Even if I died tomorrow, I'd die knowing I did my best to enjoy my life, gather knowledge, and trying to leave something behind I can be remembered for some time.

Of course, if I live longer than tomorrow, it would be preferable. But I'm not too fussy about it if my time is really up.
 

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No. The exact opposite. Perhaps I phrased it weirdly, but I said probably NOT as to whether I would not do something, with the intention of avoiding death by not doing it. I didn't phrase it well, the intention of that was to say I wouldn't tread through life carefully in order to reach it safely. If I wanted to do something I would, or if I wouldn't the reason wouldn't be avoiding death.

I'll try to speak more clearly! Sorry.
 

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I'm not afraid of death so much as I am scared of how I'm going to die. I just find it amazing that we can live to be over 80 years old and avoid billions of ways we could possibly die. That's over 29,000 days we grace this earth! And every day something could happen! What scares me to think is that even the slightest change in routine may ultimately see you to your early demise. Kind of of like that movie "Sliding Doors", where the most seemingly inconspicuous event has the biggest life outcome. The "What if...?" question is something I ask myself far too often for my own good..


mzkkbprmt said:
While some people may not be especially worried about death, I expect that only people who are actually suicidal would really not care about death. Come on, think about it! Are you really so sure you don't care if you life gets snapped away at this very moment. Even suicidal people often have second thoughts right before they take there life away. So if you have said you have no fear of death, think about that closely!
Yeah, I agree with both of those. When you think about it, there's really not a good way to die. I mean, I guess when you're really old and have felt like you've done everything you can in life, and to die painlessly in your sleep...that would probably be the best.

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Even if I died tomorrow, I'd die knowing I did my best to enjoy my life, gather knowledge, and trying to leave something behind I can be remembered for some time.

Of course, if I live longer than tomorrow, it would be preferable. But I'm not too fussy about it if my time is really up.
I think that's interesting because in some ways I feel the same and in some ways I don't. When I think about my life, I'm really happy with what I've done and I feel satisfied (and fortunate) about everything I've gotten to do.

But, at the same time, I feel like if I died today, there's a whole lot I wouldn't be able to do, too. So it would bother me a lot to die unexpectedly and not be able to experience more stuff.
 

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Why pray for the dead? Pray for the living, they need your prayers! The dead have already come to the end of this life, and where they go in the next (if indeed there is a next life and somewhere to go) is already determined when they draw their last breath!
I pray for the dead because I want them to know I still love them. Also so they have a safe journey to heaven. Also I would very much appreciate that you don't tell me what to do.
 
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