Originally posted by blindfaith101
Why? If one does not fear or believe in GOD. Why should there be any fear? If you die and that is all there is. Why be afraid. Unless deep down within youself, you are not really convinced that there is no GOD.
There are a great many reasons why people fear death.
The typical (if not inherant) fear of the unknown affects our perception of death, and thusly our fear of it. Religious beliefs or spirituality may affect our beliefs. People may ask themselves about after life. Is there punishment? Is there heaven?
There is also the fear of what a person is leaving behind. How will that persons roles be replaced (if at all)? How will this affect the persons family, friends, etc. There are considerations of financial burdens, the stress placed upon those we leave behind who care about us, and also the fear of ones identity/memory being lost by another replacing them in their roles.
The very process of dying itself forms many of our fears. It is common and natural to question ones own mortal end when observing/learning of anothers fatality. Will there be a lot of pain? Will I be alone? What about my physical appearance?
Another reason to fear death is when the person does not feel like they have accomplished everything they endeavored to do and/or were meant to do (fullfillment of purpose. etc.). Their proverbial checklist of "to do"s is unfinished, subsequently this ties in to fears of failure, etc.
Also, many people do not fear not being alive. Rather, they fear the process. They more fear terminal illnesses have painful side effects. These illnesses also have an effect on the family. The family has to decide if they are going to put the sick in a hospital, a hospice, or have a live-in caregiver. Again, financial burden and stress, but premortum.
Death is the end of all the person has known. It is the culmination of life wherein a person mus involutarily sacrifice all the they have accumulated in the form of self sevice. This has a greater or lesser bearing on a persons fears of death depending on what that person lived for in their life (i.e. their purpose).
So there are a great many reasons why people fear death, fairly independent of personal belief in judgement or such.