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2007-06-07
Name: Editor Have you experienced death in your family? What do you think about death? Do you think death can be a wonderful experience?
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2007-06-11
#1
Name: ranita
Subject:  scaredofdeath
I am very scared of death after losing my mother to breast cancer when I was 15. I feel sometimes it shows up in everything I do, the things i eat, the surfaces i clean. I go to a therapist and I talk...its helping i think...i really recommend going for prof help for other readers on this site.
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2007-06-11
#2
Name: akrosh
Subject:  movie mad
I don' t think death is a wonderful experience but I think it is a good subject for films. I think it more realistic on films for some reason.
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2007-06-11
#3
Name: psycho
Subject:  too deep a topic
Nice article but more on the surface. It left unexplored many frontiers of death. Death is perhaps more fascinating than life. we can never truly ' understand' death. Only the dead will know. And when they are reborn, they forget. Therein lies the tragedy. If we can truly understand death, we would attain nirvana. my personal theory - everything needs to have a beginning and an end. so it is with life.
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2007-06-11
#4
Name: Ajeya
Subject:  Psycho
What you are talking about is physical death. From the perspective of the individual, " what" is dying? All these theories of soul, rebirth, reincarnation, are created by the mind in a bid to continue " itself" ... By intense self-observation, you need to know what that self is....

Life and death are two sides of the same coin. When we know what life is, we´ ll know what death is, and then only can we be truly " reborn" ...
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2007-06-11
#5
Name: scared_to_death
Subject:  Why are the dead scary?
\" Death\" and \" the dead\" are both different things. Death IS understandably scary, and the idea of dying causes anxiety in most people.

What is baffling is why the idea of dead people horrifies us. Dead fellow human beings have been looked upon with fear all throughout history. Horror movies (and books,theme parks and the like) have made a good ' killing' on this fear of ours. Wonder why we hold such a morbid fear of the dead??
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2007-06-11
#6
Name: Death watch
Subject:  Dead Ducks
We are always afraid of things we don´ t understand. Tomorrow if your dead relatives walk up to you and say hi, what are you going to do sit and have tea or run for your life. C´ mon man its natural to be scared of the dead. Think what it would be like if you stumbled across a decomposing dead body, or got locked in a coffin with a dead body. Things of movies perhaps but if it happened to us am sure we would feel scared
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2007-06-11
#7
Name: psycho
Subject:  the dead..
we fear the dead because they have powers we will never have. they come from the realm of the unknown and thus we know not what weapons they may have, what foods they may eat, what air they may breath. and thus the fear.
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2007-06-11
#8
Name: shetty
Subject:  fear of the dead
But that iis simple. death is unknown place. dead people are from that unknown place where no living person has ever can go. so iis natural that dead men are scary. but dead man also dont bite.
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2007-06-08
#9
Name: cool_nirvana
Subject:  Death
All this talk about self-enquiry - to ask about what is death or dying, while valid - is meaningless unless carried out with such objectivity, that it enables the experience of the act of dying.

Just some stray observations - since death (or the fear of it) is presumed to arise from the existence of the ' ego' , it seems as if people who are larger than themselves - have greater concerns than mere obsessive preoccupation with their petty life and circumstances, seem to somehow grow out of the fear of death.

Similarly, people who generally function with at least a reasonable sense of midfulness, seem to meet and cope with death with some bit of awareness. On the other hand, people who blindly stumble through life without any idea of where they are going seem to meet death with equal unpreparedness.

THese are not assertions, but mere observations. Would love to hear the views of others on this forum.
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2007-06-08
#10
Name: rahul
Subject:  Unexpected death
cool_nirvana, i have heard that when people die unexpectedly, their souls are confused and don´ t know what to do. This is why they wander around as ghosts instead of moving on to another life or earning their rewards in heaven or sufferijng in hell or whatever.

In fact, funerary prayers and rituals are supposed to be an aid to the help the soul find it correct path after death.
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2007-06-08
#11
Name: Happy Reaper
Subject:  Death becomes her
Well... though people may say that I' ve technically not had a NDE, I believe I did. I almost drowned to death a few years back. Drowning has to be the worst way to die, its slow and painful. You have enough time to recount your entire life as it flashes past your eyes.

Having lived past that moment though I realise that life is definitely about living. We pay too much attention to the limits of social norms and rationality that we fail to do certain things that we would like to do. So go out there and live your life is all I have to say.
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2007-06-08
#12
Name: wise_sage
Subject:  TO Jacen
Hi Jacen, I think that way too. But then, I realise I have hardly ever come anywhere near actually kicking the bucket.

Would I still think the same with death staring me in the face? Probably not.
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2007-06-08
#13
Name: Jacen
Subject:  Death Defying
Personally I think we fear other people dying more than we fear ourselves dying. When we face death the only regret is the people we are leaving behind. It is kind of selfish or selfless depending on ones perspective, you just wish the ones you love have a great life ahead of them as you breathe those last breaths
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2007-06-07
#14
Name: RockyM
Subject:  vacuum
death of someone close to your heart can create an inexplicable vacuum in your life...one which can never be filled
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2007-06-08
#15
Name: Ajeya
Subject:  Hi
Death can be devastating especially when one loses one´ s loved ones. But one need not fear death... One should ask the question: " What exactly is dying?" Is it those memories that you identify with, the body that grows older, what exactly do you call your " self" ? When you realise that there is no self, death can´ t affect you, because you have already " died" ....
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2007-06-08
#16
Name: Perry Mason
Subject:  Out of sight
Think of it as the person is out of sight and just in the next room... thats what someone told me. Just because you cant see a person anymore doesn´ t mean that we don´ t love them any less. You can mourn only for so long, then its time to get back with your life.
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2007-06-07
#17
Name: Natalie
Subject:  I wonder
Much depends the way death comes to you...death caused suddenly by accidents, etc. can be very painful, especially for the near and dear ones left behind...
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2007-06-11
#18
Name: Samir
Subject:  Dying Young
I think a fast or sudden death is better in some ways than to grow old, watch as your body fails you, become bed ridden and dependent on people for the simple things like going to a loo.
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2007-06-07
#19
Name: Ajay
Subject:  Thanks
Thanks for this article. Let me quote Jim Morrisson \" No eternal reward can forgive us for wasting the dawn.\"
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