The short: Death is simply change - it is simply the movement from one experience of reality to another, in a never ending chain of experiences in a never ending depth of different realities. The long: I had an experience that would likely be categorised as a Near Death Experience (NDE) when I was 18. I was in my most rationalist period, and although I always tried to force myself into believing I'd experienced a massive endorphin cascade, I never felt quite convinced by my rationalist attempt to pass it of as an entirely internal psychological/neurological construct. Something that doesn't at all communicate well from general NDE accounts that I've read of, though, is the intense sense of magnitude. The only way I can describe that is to imagine how an ant may relate to the perceptions and experiences of being a human being. If you really and try and imagine that - how it might relate to our mathematics and art and science and spirituality - then you may glimpse something of the experience. On saying that, doubt is a necessary part of spiritual growth. I can never say that my NDE experience was by any means objective. I am quite happy to even say that I would not disagree that it is quite possible that it was nothing more than an extreme biological process at work. It would be impossible for anyone to give a definitive answers on the issue, and personally, I find uncertainly is a far better friend that disposable absolute answers. Make no mistake, though - if anyone threatened myself and my family with harm I'd be the first to act. It would be irrational not to The conclusion: However - and here's the point of this long post - if death is never seen as a finality, but merely a change of state in an ever continuing process, then death in itself fails to be so terrible. Certainly it's a high spiritual teaching to be compassionate to others - and even to attend to the injustices committed against them. But death itself is not to be feared. Whether a life is lived for days or decades, there are many instance where that life may seem fulfilling. And if a moment of pain - usually vastly shorter in comparison to the length of the span - then leads to new life, as does birth, then is death really such a terrible thing? Or course, that depends upon whether you agree with that particular perception. But is it really a cold perception, or does that stance make sense to anyone?