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Honestly? In my mind, it really is most likely that there is nothing after this. But IF there is, I think it seems much more likely that it's something like reincarnation, then some heavenly or hellish afterlife. The idea of an afterlife is really just something people created in order to explain death and make it less frightening.
We fear what we don't understand, and it makes us feel better to say that there is something nice waiting for us when we kick the bucket. The idea that our dead family and friends are waiting for us helps some people deal with death of loved ones.
The idea that we'll be somewhere better after we die helps some people deal with the fear of dying.
My DH believes in an afterlife and in god and all that and he's TERRIFIED of death. He has nightmares of dying, and won't go on an airplane because he's afraid that if he does, he'll die. Go figure.
I don't believe in an afterlife, and death doesn't scare me one bit. Not my own death any. I don't worry about it.
I mean... when I'm dead, I'm not gonna care. I'll be dead. Why waste my life worrying about death? No point. I'd rather spend the time I know I have, doing more important things then worrying about what's gonna happen to me when I'm dead.
My death won't effect me, it'll effect the people I love and who love me, who go on living.
Just like when my mom dies, there's no point in feeling bad for her - she'll be dead. But I'll be very sad, because I'll miss her.
It's the ones who live, who suffer death. Not the dead.