I myself have no problem discussing either the dying process or speculation on the aftermath. With 4 suicide attempts and a near drowning in my life, I've obviously thought quite a lot about the processes in any event.
And I still miss Jackie as well.
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So, do you have a view about what comes next? Did your brushes with death afford you any glimpses?
Jackie was very special.
As one who needed surgery that took long enough to be a potential killer (as it was back then- 10+ hours) I had to think a lot about death at one time.
I find it an intriguing topic, I have to admit, but that's probably the historian in me.
So have you a view as to what happens next?
Obviously most people in the past believed is some sort of afterlife or other.
I love spiritual things! But like you, I feel like there's no talking about it anymore. There's so much condescension in modern society toward people who believe.
And the condescension mostly comes from people who have never seriously considered the issues, but have just absorbed the mindset prevalent in their society.
I don't think we wink out like a candle. 🙂
I am not sure what does happen but I know it is something.
I'm sure of it.
Sure, that is, that this world is only one of many in which we have our existence.
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I believe death is the end - dust to dust, and we are gone - and to me that thought is a great comfort. Hard to explain why; though Hardy captures something of it in A Drizzling Easter Morning:
And he is risen? Well, be it so...
And still the pensive lands complain,
And dead men wait as long ago,
As if, much doubting, they would know
What they are ransomed from, before
They pass again their sheltering door.
I stand amid them in the rain,
While blusters vex the yew and vane:
And on the road the weary wain
Plods forward, laden heavily;
And toilers with their aches are fain
For endless rest - though risen is he.
I can see the appeal of Hardy's view of things; eternal sleep is good- but, in my humble submission, immortality is better.
Ah well, we shall find out- or not as the case may be.
Another vote here for life before death, but not afterwards.
I'm afraid that I've read too much about the brain and consciousness to be able to believe that there is a disembodied essence that can continue on somehow.
However, if there should, somehow, be an afterlife, then the traditional Christian God had better not be involved or he'll get a piece of my mind about the awful job he did when he created humans.
It's the winking out for me, I think.
But I don't think there's ever been a time- except perhaps for a few months when I was trying to scour myself clean of Christianity- when I haven't believed in Life After Death.
I'm not embarrassed by the afterlife. I don't see the point in talking deeply about something that probably doesn't exist. But I don't want to get in the way of someone else talking about it, if that makes them feel better. So I leave that conversation for people who find meaning in it.
You see I've always wanted to know whether it exists or not, and so....