Conquering Fear of Death: Unlocking a Secret to Living More Fully
Embracing death as a path toward a more meaningful life.
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We can alter our lives today simply by learning not to fear death. And by fearing death less, we discover that we live life more fully. Shakespeare comments on this in Julius Caesar: “It seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”
Isn’t it remarkable how this natural transition from one life to another—from our life on earth to our life in spirit—is so feared, yet it is a transition we will all be making? I believe that it is our ignorance of death that makes it so feared. And our ignorance remains because most of us do not acknowledge that death exists.
Francis Bacon wrote, “Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.”
What are some of the tales we hear about death? We hear it is dark. We hear it is grim. We hear it is cold… or just the opposite: death is a fiery inferno for those who are sinners! We hear clichés like “as cruel as death,” “as hungry as the grave,” or we associate death with other feared realities, such as in Benjamin Franklin’s famous line, “Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes.”
Woody Allen spoke about what most of us feel. He said, “It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” We don’t want to be there. We don’t want to die. Most of us don’t even want to think about death.