Scared of death

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I have a habit of thinking about death and how will it happen. When I do think of death I start to cry because I don’t want to die, and I dont want anyone else I know to die.Everytime I do think of death I always feel alone and empy inside.I want this to stop but I can’t help myself of thinking it, the more I think of it the more I start to cry and get scared of death..

asked March 8, 2015

5 Answers

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I think you and i have the exact opposite problem. I think about death slightly more than i should to, but i have taken a more accepting side of it. I'm not exactly suicidal, but i simply don't fear the enevetable. i know what song i want to play at my funeral, and no matter how crappy my life has been, i wouldn't change anything, because it lead me to this point, and if this point were to be my last, i wouldn't mind.
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Everyone thinks of death. What you want just isn't reality. I think that's why you cry about it. Instead of a obsession on death, think about how short a time there is given to each of us and determine that you are going to get the most out of your time that is humanly possible.
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Word by word, I felt the exact same way you did. And I still do, imagining death is extremely scary for me. The life we live is limited, there is no doubt about that. All you can do is live your life to the best you can and make sure others feel loved. Life is special, there is no arguing that. As a result it's something that we value and must protect. That's why the life of another is so important because once somebody is gone, nobody like them may ever come back. I'm talking exact experiences, looks, thoughts, etc. the odds are immensely low that another person exactly like you exists in the entire universe. Even if they did, they would be LIKE you, but not you. Nobody can reassure your fear of death or take it away. Mine never went away, but I understood that death is not the end of everything. Just as the world was here when we were never born, it will stay when we are gone. It's not like you'll cease to exist, you've always existed and you always will exist, just in different forms. And even though your life is valuable, you'll find things that you want to protect that are more valuable to you than even your own life. I already have. These ideas helped me with my fear, but that doesn't mean I'm not scared. Death terrifies me more than anything. It's something we will always struggle with, unfortunately. You can try not to think about it, that may help you. For me that didn't work, I think about everything, but I saw it as something to study. Philosophies behind dying are very very cool.
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When I first realized the concept of death as a child I was confused like most. Where do you go? Do you just stop existing? Now that I had time to ruminate on it, there is no reason to be scared of it. Death is one of nature's greatest concepts it has had. I said this many time before in previous Q&A's, that old ideas die while new ones come to the surface. I'm an atheist by the way, and I'm content with dying. If people of previous generations lived forever, assuming that they had fit bodies, mass slavery may have still been around today. Death is not the end like this: -------------> Death. It's a cycle that restarts. People use death as a tool to remind themselves that somethings are insignificant in life and that we shouldn't waste time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5SMyfbWYyE
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Death should not be viewed as something so scary but as a very effective way to cut down on expenses.While you are busy thinking and worrying about death you miss precious time you could be spending in better ways. I'd love to be able to live forever too. The amount of knowledge I could accumulate, I could sit back and watch our species and society evolve. It's really fascinating stuff but sadly nothing more than wishful thinking. Sadly every body dies, and you are bound to follow at some point and crying in the corner is not going to change a thing. So when life gives you lemons...