I know. Random downer poll… but it’s been on my mind a LOT lately as my great grandmother (yes…great grandmother…she’s 99) is getting closer and closer to that time. And since my grandmother was diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Are you afraid of death or dying?
Why or why not?
What do you think happens when you die?
I put “slightly afraid” because I don’t worry or think about it on a daily basis. I don’t think anything happens when you die: atheist!
I am more afraid of other people like my parents and FI dying.
Edit: I think we go to some kind of heaven. Meet up with our loved ones who have passed.
I am not afraid of death. I enjoy my life and everything in it but I know that all things die. I believe in the afterlife (heaven and hell) but have no concept of what those “places” will be like, nor do I really care since its not as if I can change it! I also accept that if my entire faith system has been false and there is no afterlife, I would rot in a hole in the ground and that would be okay; I still wouldn’t change my beliefs while I am living.
I’m afraid of dying!!!! I’m such a hypochondriac…i’m petrifide…but I don’t let it ruin my quality of life and I don’t really act on it or tell anyone, I just have anxiety about it!
It’s crazy, we’re ALL going to die…I guess that’s what makes it easier to handle….celebrities, rich and poor….we’re all going to pass one day…it’s just who will first…when?
Uhk crazy subject!
To answer your question about what you think happens…I really don’t know…but I would hope there is an afterlife and we move on with who we were close with…
A part of me thinks we just end up being part of the Earth…. :/
I’m not afraid to die at all. I know where I am going – so there is no fear. I am, however, afraid for the people that I would be leaving behind. I know that my mother would not cope well.
I’m not afraid my grandfather will die…I know he will, and I am upset that that is true…but it is true. For myself, I know I will die someday. I would hate for that to happen before I’m old, because I don’t want my fiance/husband and future family to have to go through that.
I don’t really think about what happens after we die.
Not really, I work on a hospice unit while going through D. school and I see death as a mostly peaceful experience. I’m religious and I believe that dying isn’t the “end”. I’m not quite decided on what happens to our soul once we die – but I like to think our soul/spirit can fluctuate between Heaven or allow us to be present with our loved ones in the physical world.
So, I’m not fearful of dying or the dying process. I’m more worried of something such as dementia, where I’m not longer myself and don’t recognize my loved ones. I’d 1000 times over rather have cancer than dementia.
I try not to think about it too often. I wouldn’t say I’m scared of the actual death, but more the idea that no one can ever know for certain what, if anything, happens next. I’m not religious, so I don’t think there’s anything waiting for me after death. I didn’t exist for millions of years before I was born and it was fine, so not existing after death will probably be a-ok, too.
I’m not afraid of death or dying at all. This is because I know exactly where I’m going when I die. I believe in Heaven and Hell.
Afraid… Nope, not really.
After I hit 50, life changed a lot… it is like the “warranty” begins to expire on people.
In my case, a bunch of aches & pains etc.
BUT for a lot of my friends… end of the line.
Losing friends when they are sooo young (40s, 50s and 60s) is very very sad.
But it has also made me realize that our time here is pretty finite… and there are no guarantees. So I now live my life knowing that today could be the last day… means I work harder at my loving relationships & friendships.
I would have to say I am not afraid, because I’ve seen so much of death in the last 10 years…
Besides by the time my number is up… I figure there will be more “friends & family” on the other side than on this one… so not that scarey at all.
(Doesn’t mean tho that I don’t think about how painful my passing will be on others that are left behind to miss me… that makes me sad for sure… as a Mother, Lover and Friend. BUT overall I’ve just come to grips with the whole cycle of life… as they say… “To everything there is a Season”, I am most certainly in the Late Summer – Early Fall of my life now)
I’m not afraid of death, but I hope it’s not a painful one!
I believe in heaven and hell as far as what happens after death is concerned.
@BellaDee: exactly this! when I feel my anxiety about death getting out of control I just remind myself no one escapes it. Doesnt matter how pretty you are or how rich you are how famous you are etc. EVERYONE has the same fate when it comes to this. We will all have our time and so in that I find comfort. I think what trips me out the most is that Life will go on. Like 50 years after im gone the world will (most likely) still be here with a whole new generation of people, living life, and repeating the cycle. It’s insane when I really let myself think about it all.
Only a horrible, drawn-out, months-long death like from cancer. I’m all good with the gunshot type death. I am confident that my little slice of consciousness will lose its boundaries/sense of self and re-merge with the universe, like it was before “I” was born.
But yeah, cancer really scares me.
I’m also odd in that I think about death frequently (everyone’s, not just my own. Our mortality). It isnlt something I think I shoud avoid thinking about and I am not a depressed person, I am actually somewhat more happy (in a calm way) than average.
I think being dead is like being asleep – you have no memory, you have no consciousness, just nothing. I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not achieving what I wanted to achieve before dying.