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Why Are We Afraid of Death?
Why Are We Afraid of Death?
04 Mar 2020

Dying is something that most people fear, second to public speaking. However, it has shaped how we live our lives and the reasons why we do or don’t draft a Will or whether we think of our loved ones having to face a future where we will no longer be there or able to provide for them financially.

The big unknown

Research has revealed that the top three things that we fear about death are not knowing what lies ahead, feeling pain during the transition, and ceasing to exist.

While these are all-natural responses, in most cases, we will not be around to experience it. While you are likely to feel yourself slipping away medical research has shown that it is unlikely that you will realise that you have passed on since there will be no 'you' to observe this occurrence.

Statistically speaking, the fear of death peaks twice in our lifetimes, with people in their 20s and 50s fearing the thought of dying the most. Medical News Today revealed that our fear of dying a painful death comes from a psychological fear in which we believe that the destruction of our living tissues could be the ultimate painful experience.

Since there has been no one who has returned from the great beyond to tell us what it felt like physically, it increases many people’s fear of dying.

Death motivates us to live

Death is also a great motivator. While most people fear it, it is what drives us to set goals, have passions, hobbies, and activities that we engage in to cope with the fact that one day we will no longer be around to do them.

We may not know when we are going to die, but we aim to get the most out of our lives while we still can. Which it is also another reason why many people invest in life insurance to ensure that their loved ones are financially protected when they are no longer around. 



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