Thoughts about death

Beryl Gorbman
The Yucatan Yenta

Last week I sent the questionnaire below out to some friends. The answers were so instrospective and varied, and I think helpful to others, that I decided to compile them into an article.

I’d like to open this up to all the readers. If you wish to answer one or all of the questions below, please do so and send them to me at beryl@gorbman.com. Thanks. This is a huge job and might take me a while, so please respond as soon as you can. Here is the email I sent out:


Last week I saw “Hereafter” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon. I can’t say it’s the best movie I’ve ever seen, but the questions it raises are lingering. I would like to write an article about perspectives on death, and I would like other people’s thoughts on it.

Here are some very personal questions. Not meant to be humorous. If you choose to answer, I will not in any way identify you. I will let you read the article before I publish it, so you can make sure your anonymity is guarded. If you want to change something at the review time, you are welcome to. I would deeply appreciate it if you would have the time and inclination to answer some of these questions.
Thanks, Please pass this on to anyone you think might be inclined to answer. I don’t need to know who they are.
Beryl

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What, if anything, do you think happens to us when we die?

What about death worries you the most?

Is the soul a separate entity that travels on? To where?

How do you feel about your own death? Are you afraid? What are you specifically afraid of? Pain? Erasure from the planet?

Do you believe the spirit lingers for a while when the body dies?

Why do you think we are programmed with a will to live?

Do you think that after you die you will “miss” your life?

What are your thoughts on reincarnation?

Do you feel we have some control about when we die? Or is it engraved in a plan we can’t change?

What do you think happens at the moment of death? Do we become dead flesh and bones or does something survive?

If you think that something survives, like a soul, do you think this entity has any way of communicating with or influencing those who are still alive?

What would you like your friends and family to do for you before you die?

Do you think you will have left the world a better or worse place for your having been here?

Any other comments you would care to make. Thanks.

If you don’t want me to know you sent this response, get yourself a new\temporary yahoo or google account and write from there. You can delete it afterwards. Just create an account called annie.lou.smetloff @google.com or mitch43879@gmail.com.

Please forward this to anyone you think might answer.

thanks.

Probably the easiest way to do this is to copy the above into an email to me or a Word file, answer the questions in a different color or font, and send it.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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2 Responses to Thoughts about death

  1. kwallek says:

    The idea of death is a comfort for me, I’m pretty beat up from living. Pain is constant from this crack up and that mishap, I never know which part is going to hurt the most on any given day. That said, I’m going to put it off as long as I can. Why? There is just too much good going on in my life, I do not want it to end. By rights, I should have not lived long enough to have children, let alone see them grow up. Death has passed me over too many times, why? I have no idea but I am thankful for the extra time.
    Do I have a soul-I like to think so. Is there an oversoul-I like to think so, a group of us that goes through life together. I look into the nature of the newborns for clues to who they might be, traits from our loved ones who have passed, for traits that the people in my life path share. I like the idea that we might share our souls with those that we love, it makes the idea of friendship so much better.

  2. Lynne Chesley says:

    What, if anything, do you think happens to us when we die? nothing

    What about death worries you the most? being a burden on someone else

    Is the soul a separate entity that travels on? To where? i think the end is the end

    How do you feel about your own death? Are you afraid? What are you specifically afraid of? Pain? Erasure from the planet? i am not affraid but i am not near death

    Do you believe the spirit lingers for a while when the body dies? no i don’t

    Why do you think we are programmed with a will to live? most of us are yes

    Do you think that after you die you will “miss” your life? no because death is final and i don’t believe we have the ability to report back

    What are your thoughts on reincarnation? i think humans create an after life and soul travel only to fuel their inflated sense of worth. the earth continues to turn and burn with out you and it always will.

    Do you feel we have some control about when we die? Or is it engraved in a plan we can’t change? of course we have some control. one can die at any time if they chose. somebody else can also chose when i die. that’s a hell of a lot of control.

    What do you think happens at the moment of death? Do we become dead flesh and bones or does something survive? peace, rest. the only thing that survives survives in those that are still alive that knew us

    If you think that something survives, like a soul, do you think this entity has any way of communicating with or influencing those who are still alive? we create that entity if you want to call it that. some people believe their own thoughts are alive

    What would you like your friends and family to do for you before you die? live

    Do you think you will have left the world a better or worse place for your having been here? i think i have and will affect some people lives for the better as they have mine but i don’t worry about leaving legacy. i don’t think my role or life or spirit is any more valuable than that of a cedar tree.

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