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Do We Know or Feel Anything When We Die?

It has been a question that has bothered me for a long time now and I would like to discuss my thoughts and feelings on the subject. I want to know, do we know or feel anything when we die? Here are my thoughts on the subject…

” Death— the last sleep? No the final awakening.” Wrote Walter Scott.

Death is seen as the end, and i think that it is- but only in this life. We die to begin another life in my view, so the above quote by Walter Scott is inspiring for me, and reduces that fear i have about dying- and i am hoping it will for others as well.

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When we drift into death in our sleep do we realize that we are truly dying? Or do we just think that it just another sleep? I have always been told, rightly or wrongly, that we do not feel anything and we are unaware of dying, but as i get older and see death more in my life, it really has started to bother me whether in fact we do know what is happening and if we feel anything.

Now, i may be barking up the wrong tree on this matter so if i am, i won’t take offence in you pointing it out.

From a medical point of view when we die and are officially declared as dead, it means that our heart has stopped beating and thus results in us becoming brain dead. So how long really does it take from being deprived of oxygen when our heart stops and our brain becoming dead? Seconds, minutes or even hours?

How come that some people on rare occasions have actually woken up in the mortuary? Is it because the cold has brought them back to life or another reason? Would they have felt anything if they weren’t truly dead?

I’m asking these questions because like i said it worries me, and i am interested in the subject, plus it is one that i do not understand. Some people really don’t think about what will happen because they believe that once you are dead, you are dead, which may of course be true.

I suppose you only really know for sure when death chooses you, don’t you think?

If you have any comments on the issue, it would be great to hear what you think about it, after all i am not sure many of us know what really happens.

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  1. Tiggerfan

    On December 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

    It’s a strange one, I like to think there is something after death but there probably isn’t anything.
    I think most people do feel something just before or during death, but what that is we’ll never know until it happens

  2. Sharif Ishnin

    On December 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Emmie. When you mentioned about death that is where religion comes in. I’m not so sure if you are religious or not but that’s the main reason why people find comfort in religion. Science alone can’t explain what happens after death. It’s a mystery found only in religious scriptures and prophetic traditions. Maybe you should check that out.- sharif

  3. Guy Hogan

    On December 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I think death is death. That’s why it’s called death. Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die because deep down most of us don’t believe in life after death. If we did, death would not scare us. We hope there is life after death, but we really don’t believe there is. And religions use our fear of death to keep a hold on us. Take away the fear of death and religions would all disappear.

  4. John Cornor

    On December 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Interesting topic here. As of now i started to figure out what may i feel when death come for me.

  5. Freethinking

    On December 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    It is the physical finality of death here on earth that keeps many of us going forward and trying to live a good life. Then you have the poor lost souls who commit suicide. I liken suicide to a permanent solution to a temporary problem because with time most troubles facing someone today will be gone in the near future. Thanks.

  6. albert1jemi

    On December 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    It something very good

  7. clandestinef

    On December 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Great work… Looking forward to read more from you again.

  8. Rhodora Bande

    On December 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I could only wish I would be excited to die when my time comes. You’re right, Emmie, as we get older we seriously think about it. This is a thought-provoking piece.

  9. Jimmy Shilaho

    On December 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    There is no such thing like life after death. Death is in itself a cessation of life. The concept of heaven was actually created by rich men to try and perpetuate poverty among the poor with the promise of reaping later after they die.

  10. Likha

    On December 4, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I can only share from how I witnessed my own father die… nothing dramatic.. no huffing and puffing, no pain, no movement, no talk… just gasping for breath that got weaker by the minute… then a sudden jerk (like a hiccup).. and he was gone. I read somewhere that we make such a fuss about the dying process when in reality it is something that will probably make us say, “That’s it???” It all boils down to the fear of dying and of the unknown.

  11. Michal Dorcak

    On December 5, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I spend some time thinking about this topic in the past. Though, after wasting few hours of my life I decided to move along and ignore the whole death thingy. I will see what happens when it happens.

  12. Yovita Siswati

    On December 7, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Interesting thought! none really know what is really happen, so maybe we should not be worry about it too much.

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    On December 8, 2010 at 2:38 am

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  14. Emmie

    On December 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Wow, thank you all for your replies, especially those of you that expressed an opinion.
    I would like to think there is something after death and maybe that is why people do turn to religion.

    Thank you.

  15. Jewelstar

    On December 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I have read somewhere that God is an imaginery figure. Which means there is no life after death in purgatory, heaven or hell.

    But how true is this, none of us know? Unless some well known person who died, comes back to this earth and tell us if heaven and hell exist and there is a life after death.

  16. SharifaMcFarlane

    On December 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I think death is a transition to another state.

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