Five Reasons Fear of Death is Overblown

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Death is one of humanity's oldest and deepest fears. The prospect of no longer existing and everything we know and love coming to an end is understandably terrifying.

But research from various scientific fields suggests that many of our fears about death are unfounded or exaggerated.

1. A peaceful transition

Evidence suggests the moment of death is peaceful, not painful.

Frightening symptoms like breathing issues improve as we near death.

More than 85% of palliative-care patients have no symptoms when they die.

Accounts from most people who have experienced near-death experiences often describe leaving the body as a positive experience leading to “a more altruistic life, higher spiritual growth, having interest in the meaning of life, fewer materialistic values, or a reduction in the fear of death.”

Researchers theorize that endorphins (and possibly serotonin) are massively released in the final moments, creating a euphoric-like state of tranquility.