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Updated on Friday, March 28

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QUESTION: How do you come to terms with death?

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  1. I think it is Lucretius who I mean to paraphrase when I say that death should not bother us because when we are dead we won't know it.

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  2. It helped me to stop thinking of it as a bad thing. When you die, you get to be free. You get to be everything all at once. You don't have any more of the pains of being human or the mental and physical barriers.
    It's painful for the people that knew you in life to say goodbye, but for the person that died it's a whole new world and a whole new adventure. Dying is a happy thing really.

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    1. +1
      exactly my thoughts!

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    2. Why aren't we everything at once with the body? Perhaps you could transcend it, and find heaven here?

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    3. you also cease to exist... you have no consciousness, which will not bother you when you are dead, but frightening while you are still alive

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  3. i embrace it with open arms

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  4. Knowing truly that the opposite of birth is death, but life is never ending. You could believe it all you want, but it does nothing unless you truly know it.

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  5. Become an Absurdist.

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    1. studying philosophy didn't really help me transcend. it just made me really depressed. especially when you've been strongly conditioned in your younger years to idealize meaning in life and hold tight to basically all the things that absurdism, nihilism, etc. disregard

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    2. 5a - yea, basically replacing beliefs with beliefs.. Does nothing but keep you stuck.

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  6. how do you come to terms with the sky being blue? death is just another facet of our existence, as normal as the trees changing colour and the sun setting in the west. as everything lives, everything dies.

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    1. jsut because it's natural doesn't mean we can accept it, the sky being blue does not terrify anyone

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    2. I've read this somewhere...Frost?

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    3. not 6, but 6a. you are choosing not to accept it. i also think you missed the point of the post. the point is that death is as natural as life, why fear something that has always been and always will be? things have died before you and they will die after you, just as you will die. Not accepting death is like not accepting you have to take a shit every day. It's gonna happen, you might as well go with it.

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  7. The way I see it, there is no point in seeing death as anything.

    When you die, you heart stops. Those emotions you feel, will stop too. If you cannot feel love or pain in death, why give death any meaning? What is it's purpose? To end life, yes. But if you look at life as a journey, you will realize that one day you will reach your destination. One can only hope that when you reach your destination, you are ready to go.

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  8. Coming to terms with the death of loved ones: difficult, but time heals all. You'll adapt to life without them, which is often the weirdest part.

    Coming to terms with the thought of oneself dying: don't worry about it, you won't know or care.

    The concept of death: things stop existing. C'est la vie. Wait, no. C'est la mort.

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  9. It's not the death part that scares me, it's the dying part.

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  10. I've always, well, not really looked forward to dying but I dunno. It's hard to put into words. I don't have any beliefs regarding an afterlife or anything like that, so it's not like I'm looking forward to a heaven. I'm just content with the idea that I'll cease to be. Even as a kid I felt this way. Though I've never been an especially happy person so that may play a role.

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  11. I always find it interesting that most people lose their shit over death, but don't stop to wonder where/what we were before birth. Same thing.

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  12. i wrote a will and planned my own funeral.
    honestly it was the most freeing thing because it gave me the opportunity to say, "okay, death is a reality and i will get there at some point."
    i wanted to make sure those who matter to me won't have to deal with too much logistical things after i'm gone and can focus on other more important things like personal healing.

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    1. Is there any point in writing a Will at this point in your life? I mean, I don't think anyone's going to fight over my few thousand dollars, computer, and furniture.

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    2. @14b, no one may fight over it, but i'd rather my stuff and money go to people i care about rather than mostly go to the government

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  13. I've faced the reality of death when I was young after losing a parent. The only thing there is to do is try to live without regrets and appreciate those people who love you. Actual death isn't really something you personally have to deal with, only the people who knew you.

    It's a little more complicated if you're unfortunate enough to go through a long drawn out death, like a terminal illness, the idea of death does affect you and I have no clue what that's like.

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  14. Condolences to you and your family if you lost someone close to you:(. I hope you get through it.

    Answering the question: Lost my grandpa about 9 or 10 years ago and at that time I did not really feel as sad but as time went by I missed him. So what I have learnt is to spend as much time with my friends and family as I can so that I do not have any regrets later. I don't think I am scared of my own death or dying but I am more scared to lose people I love and people close to me.

    They say time heals all wounds and its true. Just give it sometime and learn to cherish the happy memories. If I die, I would want my family & friends to think about all the good times I had together rather than about the fights and arguments. I want them all to be happy:).

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  15. People die brah. I cope with it by hoping that I die young and aesthetic.

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