Death is a subject that instills fear in many people, and is something many of us prefer not to talk about. Many of the negative connotations that death carries come from medieval times and a life philosophy that feeds on our inability to accept this natural event.

In today's egocentric and individualistic society, many of us view death as a ghost or a shadow that threatens to take everything from us in an instant. A discussion about death would be endless, as it has been studied for centuries. If we were able to overcome our fear of death and learn to accept it without resignation, to see it as an accomplishment of giving everything we had to make our world better, then perhaps we would treat death differently. However, we still fear and view death as a threat since it is something that is completely beyond our control.

Share what you think about death through your own experiences. Share your fears with others so that they may understand and accept the natural act of death.

Feel free to write your experiences the way you wish. You can use your own ideas, or use the questions below as a guide. In the event you use a question, you should only answer that question. You may also answer several questions in separate entries and allow us to choose the best one for the book. Whatever your preference, only a maximum of 2,000 characters will be published.

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When was the first time you could say you truly understood the meaning of death?
When did you have to face a death for the first time?
Have you ever lost a loved one unexpectedly? How did you deal with it?
How did you grieve for a lost loved one?
What did the death of someone you know teach you about life?
Have you ever felt that your death was close? What was this experience like?
What are your greatest fears of death?
How would you like to die and why?
In your opinion, what is the most terrible thing about death?
How do you think someone might overcome a fear of death?
How would you console someone who has lost a loved one?
What consoles you after losing someone you love?
In what way do the deaths of strangers affect you?
How would you like people in general to view death?
In your opinion, what should death mean to people?
What do you think would happen if humans were immortal?
What would living forever mean to you?
Have you ever had an out-of-body experience? Describe that experience.
Have you ever had dreams about death? Describe them.
Have you ever had a premonition about death? Did it come true?
How do you picture death in your mind?
In your opinion, what would it mean to die "in vain"? What would it mean to die an "honorable" death?
Have you ever felt happy about someone's death? Why or why not?
Have you ever felt anger or resentment toward someone who has passed away?
Is there something that you never had a chance to tell or ask someone before he or she died? What is it?
Where does your fear of death come from?
Where does your indifference to death come from?
Where does your positive view of death come from?
How would you like to be remembered after your passing?
What would you like your epitaph to say?
What have been your experiences at wakes and funerals?
What has been your experience with cremation?
What would you say to a lost loved one if you could have him or her back for a day?
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Your story or anecdote will be published under a pseudonym or your real name followed by your age, city, state or province, and country in parentheses. Example: Yoshi Fujimori (age 89, Tokyo, Japan). It is your choice to use your name or not. However, for administrative purposes, you will need to give contact information. This information is kept confidential. This information will not be published or shared with anyone under any circumstance, unless you instruct us otherwise in writing. See Participation Requirements for more information.

100 Plus TRUE STORIES: Death is a book that will be published under the Cambridge BrickHouse Books (CBH Books) label. This book will form part of the 100 Plus TRUE STORIES series. The objective of this series is to collect and share life experiences so that readers may identify with and/or learn from them.

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