I discovered that dying is an art within itself. Many people shy away from it, fear of not living long enough to see the world change for the better (or worse). However, do we know what happens to us when we die?

Describing death as we know it…

Many of us have a hidden expiration date stamped on our foreheads that’s invisible to the naked eye. Even using modern technology and advanced mechanisms, we will not officially know when it is our turn to die.

Death as we know it displays itself if various forms, like murder, drug and/or alcohol overdose, or sleeping peacefully in our warm beds. In horror movies, we paint death with gallons of sticky red blood and gooey veins. So, what makes this topic popular?

When we die, our brain is the first to check out. Most people know that once the brain dies, the rest of the body will die along with it. We begin the decomposition process only minutes after death. At least, until we played with fire and discovered that sometimes a little shock could revive a fading soul.

Why are most people afraid to die?

Close your eyes and picture yourself in the middle of an ocean during the nighttime. The waters are calm, swaying your body from side to side.

Suddenly, an aggressive tug pulls you under within a matter of seconds. Afraid, you push beyond your limits to catch some fresh air.

People are afraid to die because of pain or not being able to breathe. We do not differ from the roses we clip or the trees we chop down to make firewood during the winter months. Without fresh air, we can die because of suffocation. To make the issue worse, if you’re the panicking type, you’ll increase your heart rate, which will kill you faster while suffocating to death.

However, there are reports of millions of people passing away in their sleep. It’s painless and less scary, at least from the outside looking in. Still, we won’t know how death feels like unless we experience it ourselves.

Which senses leave last upon death?

Studies believe that sound and touch are the last of your five senses to leave once you die. Reports from an electroencephalography or EEG measured a dying individual brain activity within their last hours of life.

Science is progressing swiftly, however, we will never know if the dying person could hear in their native tongue or process anything that’s said around them. Since the brain is shutting down for good, several parts of a dying brain may not work properly than a living one. Plus, there are multiple recordings of people experiencing different subconscious situations that may alter their hearing, even if the EEG displays something else.

What to expect when you die?

The first thing to expect once you die is the fact that you’re dead. Even for those that do not believe in anything or an afterlife, it is accepting the idea that you’re not alive anymore will help the process move more smoothly.

Another thing to expect is knowing that you’ve lived your life, even if you did little with it. Within the last hours of dying, you may have the urge to ask for forgiveness or wanting to let go of all the hurt you and/or someone else caused throughout your life. That’s normal. Discover peace within your last moments so your brain won’t stress out during its last hours.

The last thing to expect upon death is understanding that the world will continue without you. This sounds cold and selfish, but it is true. Normally when we die, there are no second chances. However, some may believe differently. This is where belief and judgment play an important part during this process (painful or painless).

What if my beliefs are different?

It’s normal if your beliefs are different. Today, millions of individuals do not believe in Christianity because of the misrepresentation of Jesus or the real meaning of the Holy Bible.

Even if you are a believer in religion or a higher spiritual entity, it is encouraged to continue to cling to that belief. At the end of the day, that’s something that defines your character and spiritual bonding to the world and people surrounding you.