It is no secret that everybody dies. The disagreement seems to be on what happens next.
Some people believe their spirits will proceed onto Heaven, Hell, or someplace else. Some believe they will become ghosts. Others think they will re-appear on Earth in different bodies. Many just think they will cease to exist. While I am not qualified to answer these questions, I am capable of discussing them.
The question of survival after death is closely related to the philosophical concept known as the mind-body problem. Philosophers attempt to determine whether the mind is the brain, or something that exists independently of the body itself. Those adhering to religious doctrine would call such an existence the soul.
Obviously, if our sensory perceptions and mental functions can exist without dependence on the physical body, then it might be possible for them to live on after the body dies. If not, it is hard for human beings to understand the afterlife concept. Religious doctrines deal with those difficult explanations.
In any event, I ponder how we should feel about death. Should we be terrified? Sorrowful? Should we feel relieved? How about simply remaining indifferent? It would seem to depend on what death is.
Sometimes, when people die, we conclude their suffering has ended, and death was a good thing. Sometimes, we say that the good things have ended upon death. If things are good, then their absence would seem to be bad. If things are bad, their absence would appear to be good.
We all understand that before we were born, we did not exist. Why then should the prospect of nonexistence bother us? That is easy to say, but it sure does not feel the same.
So ponder this, if you will. If we cease to exist upon death, we really have nothing to fear, so what is the big deal. On the other hand, logic tells us that if there is life after death, the prospect of the eventual transformation is a frightening one.
Personally, I choose to focus on how I live my life. I think that might be all I can do – and it makes me happy.