Why do we Fear Death?
Why do we Fear Death?
Many of us fear death to some degree at some point of our lives. To some it’s as early as teenage years, and to others, it’s later in their mid 30’s. We as individuals see fear and death at different levels. Before I get in detail, lets first define death and fear, then we can see how they are correlated. According to Merriam-Webster, fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, or likely to cause pain. Death is defined as the permanent cessation of vital functions, the end of life.
Both of these definitions do not seem so pleasant, and obviously nothing to look forward to, that might be part of the reason why we dread and terror the thought of death. There are different factors that I will be addressing within this essay that influence our views on why we fear death. Some of the major reasons that I believe we fear death is: 1. Leaving loved ones behind
2. Religious beliefs
3. Fear of the unknown
Leaving Loves Ones Behind
We all grew up with loved ones all around us, it being our families, friends and pets, and many times we do not think that we will ever lose them. Fear comes from both sides, the ones that are in the dying process and their family and friends. Putting myself in the “dying position” my greatest fear would be leaving my family behind, specially my mom and dad. The thought of never being able to see them after death is unexplainable, and fear of what will happen to them after I pass. The fear of dying would probably be greater to those that are new parents, single parents and anyone else that have others rely on them for care (Morse). Religious Beliefs
Some of us have a religious belief and that can influence both negatively and positively. Depending what our beliefs are, whether we believe there is a god or not, most of us fear what will happen in the afterlife. Will we get punished for what we did on earth? Or what we didn’t do on earth? Were we good Christians? Did we commit sins? And if so, how and for how long will we get punished? Many of these fears and questions along these lines will arise when we think of death. Other than fear, there also comes peace to mind when thinking about death. I believe that there is an afterlife and that I will be happier and in peace, personally I am a bit excited to die (Not that I want it to be any time soon), but I’m excited to see what’s after life on earth. I also fear it as well, because I know I have not been on my best behavior and have sinned far too many times. In my beliefs, I fear getting punished for what I did here and what I didn’t do and I know as small as a sin is, it is still a sin. There is no levels of how bad or good a sin can be. Fear of Hell is one of my all-time fears, but once past that fear, it is all happiness.
There are many religions out there that influence people on the thought of death, some religions see death as a beautiful thing and other not so much. Some just fear that after death there is nothing, and the will cease existing after death. Fear of the Unknown
No one has lived to tell what happens to us after death, so technically there is no proof of what happens, this can be frightening, especially for those who aren’t spiritually involved in a religion. I fear death because I do not know my fate after I leave this earth, I’m scared of what can and cannot be. I personally prefer to leave the thought of death alone, till death itself is near. There will always be some sort of fear in death, but its up to us to see that death should not be something to be terrorized.
“Death” Def.1. Merriam Webster Online, Merriam Webster, n.d. Web. 1 Sept.2014. “Fear” Def.1. Merriam Webster Online, Merriam Webster, n.d. Web. 1 Sept.2014. Morse, M. (n.d.). Coping with the Fear of Death. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
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