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Are you scared to die?

Asked by Since010501 (247points) May 26th, 2009 from iPhone

Are you accepting of the fact of death or do you avoid the subject?

How do you feel your life experiences and your religious views affect how you deal with death?

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Ivan's avatar

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wundayatta's avatar

I’m not scared to be dead. I don’t like the idea of dying. I want death to take me suddenly or in my sleep, so I have no chance to realize what is happening.

noelasun's avatar

My little sister died six years ago. After seeing her go first, how could I be afraid to go where she’s gone?

ragingloli's avatar

what i am scared of is that it might hurt a lot.

dynamicduo's avatar

I’m not afraid of dying. If anything, I’m excited for that day, as I will finally get to experience death and nonexistence. I do not believe in any of that heaven or hell silliness.

Since010501's avatar

@dynamicduo – I think that is what I am the most afraid of, the nonexistence..

drClaw's avatar

I’m not afraid of death, but I do worry about the way I die. I want to die a happy person, I don’t know what happens after I die I assume I become compost, but I don’t want my last moments on earth to be unhappy ones.

antimatter's avatar

It’s not death that scares me, it’s the living that scares me!

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Not scared but definitely not ready. As a child I used to have panic attacks when contemplating death but it didn’t have to do with fear of dying, it had to do with trying to wrap my head around the concept of time and infinity.

Les's avatar

I’m not afraid of my dying, but I am not too excited about seeing other people die. Losing my grandmothers was hard, I can’t imagine losing my parents or friends or family.

ml3269's avatar

@since: See it that way: Before you were born you do not exist either, so, the year 2100 is as inexisting for us as the year 1900… in both years you have not and will not exist. I am not afraid, but I HATE to leave that wonderful life behind and lose it all. I am not religious so the lights will close down and that’s it. Nothing dramatic, just the end of my brain.

Schenectandy's avatar

I used to be but now I’m more scared of not living enough before I do.

Tink's avatar

No I just wouldn’t want to die a painful way. I don’t want to burn, drown, fall or suffer just let me go happy

Master's avatar

I would say I’m uninterested. It’s not like I have a choice.

Bluefreedom's avatar

No, I’m not afraid to die and when it happens, it’s because some higher power deemed it was my time to go. Or maybe not.

The group Blood, Sweat, and Tears summed it up well in their song:

And When I Die

I’m not scared of dying,
And I don’t really care.
If it’s peace you find in dying,
Well then let the time be near.
If it’s peace you find in dying,
And if dying time is here,
Just bundle up my coffin
‘Cause it’s cold way down there.
I hear that its cold way down their.
Yeah, crazy cold way down their.


And when I die, and when I’m gone,
There’ll be one child born
In this world to carry on,
to carry on.

Now troubles are many, they’re as deep as a well.
I can swear there ain’t no heaven but I pray there ain’t no hell.
Swear there ain’t no heaven and I pray there ain’t no hell,
But I’ll never know by living, only my dying will tell.
Yes only my dying will tell.
Yeah, only my dying will tell.


Give me my freedom for as long as I be.
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me.
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me,
And all I ask of dying is to go naturally.
Oh I want to go naturally.

Here I go,
Hey Hey!
Here comes the devil,
Right Behind.
Look out children,
Here he comes!
Here he comes! Hey…

Don’t want to go by the devil.
Don’t want to go by demon.
Don’t want to go by Satan,
Don’t want to die uneasy.
Just let me go naturally.

and when I die,
When I’m dead, dead and gone,
There’ll be one child born in our world to carry on,
To carry on.
Yeah, yeah

btko's avatar

I’m more afraid of the pain before the actual death

LKidKyle1985's avatar

I am more sad for those who die and those i’ll leave behind than I am afraid of the actual event of death.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

No, the fear of death is entirely irrational, as death is passing into a state in which no more ‘good’ or ‘bad’ can occur to you. Death is the end, after which you do not have consciousness. Why then would I be afraid?

justwannaknow's avatar

I am not afraid to die but that does not mean I take crazy chances. Like a song says,“everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go right now.” (I am not trying to start a religious debate just trying to put things in perspective.)

LocoLuke's avatar

I’m afraid to die, if only because I haven’t had the chance to fully experience life. It’s not the concept of death that bothers be so much as the idea that there is so much that I would never be able to accomplish (college, marriage, children, grandchildren, etc).

IanYes's avatar

“I will finally get to experience death and nonexistence.” You don’t ‘experience’ anything when you’re dead. That’s the point. “The fear of death is entirely irrational.” What? The fear of death is the most natural, rational thing around. It is the fear of the unknown. If you don’t believe in god then we simply disappear. That’s pretty frightening. If we all die and that’s the end then it pretty much means all life is meaningless. If my life is pointless and death is forever, then I am scared to die.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@IanYes From an evolutionary perspective, the fear of death is somewhat rational. Speaking in an abstract sense though, it is irrational. I certainly don’t welcome death, but only because of the effect my death would have on those around me and the pain that may be associated with death. Fear of the unknown is not rational either, as throughout history humanity has progressed to the point it has because of our fascination with the unknown and the desire to make it known. I don’t find my end frightening in the same way I do not find sleep frightening. I don’t like sleep because I could be doing something more useful, but I realise that sleep is necessary. I don’t want to die because I could still be living an enjoyable life, but at the same time one day I will need to die, being utterly worn out with life.

I don’t understand your assumption that “If we all die and that’s the end then it pretty much means all life is meaningless”. Why exactly does the finality of death make life meaningless?

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