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Message 1286627 - Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 12:29:06 UTC
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I fear senility more than I fear death. The thought of not being able to even recognise my own children scares me sh*tless. So I would rather die now than have an extra 10 years but not be aware of it.

As for death, I guess I really won't know how I feel until it's "crunch time" but my current outlook is, I've had a good life, it's had it's ups and downs, but I've always had good health and my kids have all turned out to be the kind of people I'm proud to say I'm related to. If the clock stopped tomorrow I would die happy.

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Message 1286631 - Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 12:50:19 UTC - in response to Message 1286627.

as long as its not a prolonged agonizing death I really don't fear it. I fear prolonged misery more than I fear death.


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Message 1286636 - Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 13:02:18 UTC

I have no fear of death.
To me, death is nothing more than what we experienced in the billions of years before we were born. It is simply nothing. Oblivion.

What most people fear is the method of getting to that oblivion.
Dying happens many ways and most involve pain.

I think the better question is to ask if people fear dying.
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Message 1286673 - Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 15:36:59 UTC

I have no fear of death. I have my fair share of pain too and I do not fear that.

I fear judgement. I also know that's not part of your question but I felt that I should add what I do fear.

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Message 1286690 - Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 16:38:01 UTC

So, another thread, because these thoughts cannot be organized in one thread.

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Message 1286872 - Posted: 23 Sep 2012, 0:27:38 UTC

As long as I'm not there when it happens, I'll be fine...
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Message 1287234 - Posted: 23 Sep 2012, 21:51:47 UTC

Many facets to this question. Like several others I don't fear death per say but I do fear dying over a long painful period of time where I can do nothing but lie there and wait for it to happen. I'm not sure whether I existed before this life and I am equally not sure whether I will continue to exist in another form after this life. It does seem like a waste for a mind to develope and then go poof and be gone forever. There is a lot we don't know about this universe, a lot more than we know or will ever know, so I don't rule out the possibility that we continue on a different plane of existence but I'm no counting on it either. As far as hell is concerned I figure we are already there. Now how is that for an agnostic point of view.
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Message 1287277 - Posted: 24 Sep 2012, 1:35:43 UTC

There is a lot we don't know about this universe,

I worry a lot more about the people I will be leaving behind me.
I know what I think about all the things that I can imagine I will be missing.

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Message 1287614 - Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 5:12:06 UTC - in response to Message 1287277.

"Meet Joe Black", great movie on this subject. Wish everyone, could watch it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YifJ85wTwkU
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I fear death, fear where my spirit might be going. Don't want to leave my family.
Don't want to be cremated. Just lost my Mom, sad to think of death now.

We are all made of stardust, maybe we will return to stardust.
Way to many open ended ideas about death. There must be a deity to help us when we die.

The topic, is complicated.

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Message 1287640 - Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 9:22:41 UTC
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As long as I'm not there when it happens, I'll be fine...

Well exactly, I'll have a glass of decent port and worry about it afterwards.

This was my late mothers favourite poem by Rupert Brooke 1887–1915

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If I should die, think only this of me;
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.


If I should die, think only this of me,
Silly old git, didn't he see that bus?

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Message 1287827 - Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 23:52:26 UTC

I don't fear death. There's no point in fearing the inevitable.


I just lost my mother-in-law (after having been with Michele for 20 years, I've earned the right to call her that) yesterday. It was a very sad ending, IMO, but I'm perfectly at peace knowing that she can no longer hurt herself and those she was supposed to show love, and has returned to the nothing-ness that was before her life began.

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Message 1288081 - Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 15:18:17 UTC
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No, Well...I Fear a Slow Painful one though.
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Message 1288719 - Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 7:31:51 UTC

I don't fear death because I am not expecting it to come soon. I hope I feel the same way when my time comes.

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Message 1289229 - Posted: 29 Sep 2012, 9:49:46 UTC

I do fear death, always have and always will. I wish I'd believe in an afterlife. I think it's all finished when you die, you only have one life...
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Message 1289297 - Posted: 29 Sep 2012, 14:07:03 UTC

I don't so much fear death, as wishing I had a longer life. No idea if there is an afterlife, I have to much to do in this one first :-)



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Message 1289393 - Posted: 29 Sep 2012, 17:25:50 UTC

I'm also too busy during the day but I sometimes think of these things at night, when I can't sleep...
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Message 1289408 - Posted: 29 Sep 2012, 17:44:27 UTC

I suspect that all thinking people do mull upon that issue Julie, particularly at the sort of time that you mention. We wouldn't be human if we didn't. But I plan what I'm going to do the next day in the time that I do have, to make the best of it. I'll worry about the hereafter later.


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