How to Overcome the Fear of Death–Two Possibilities


By Deepak Chopra, MD


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The fear of death always comes at or near the top of people’s worst fears. Some psychologists believe that this is such a potent fear, we push it down into the subconscious in order to avoid it. Yet from its hiding place the fear remains active, re-emerging in times like the death of a loved one, making grief even more painful and anxious. Avoiding the fear of death clearly isn’t the best tactic. One reason that Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s famous five stages of dying became so popular is that she gave us a rational framework for handling a once-taboo subject.


Rationality is one of the two ways a person can overcome their own personal fear of death. The starting point for most rationalists, particularly scientists, is to assume in the absence of data from the afterlife that our consciousness is extinguished at the moment of death. In a short video on the subject of “What happens after we die?” physicist Brian Greene takes the position, when you’re gone, you’re gone.



Death Makes Life Possible


A global movement to transform the fear of death into an inspiration for living and dying well.  The DVD is now available on Amazon

Death Makes Life Possible

There are many explanations and conjectures about what happens when we die, ranging from scientific materialism to religious/spiritual views of immortality. Ideas about life after death impact how people approach death – and how they live their lives.

Years of interviews conducted by Marilyn Schlitz with people representing different religious, cultural, and philosophical worldviews on the afterlife provide a diverse set of qualitative data that can help us better understand the prevalence and significance of experientially and culturally informed cosmologies of death and the afterlife.


Death Makes Life Possible

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Death Makes Life Possible

* Category: Documentary
* Genre: Science & Education
* Director: Marilyn Schlitz
* Producer: Deepak Chopra & Marilyn Schlitz

Death Makes Life Possible’ explores the taboo topic of death and asks the fundamental question: How can understanding death give meaning to our lives? Marilyn Schlitz, is a cultural anthropologist and scientist who sets out to find answers to the ultimate meaning of life, death, and what lies beyond. Featuring Deepak Chopra, Mingtong Gu, Julie Beischel, Edgar Mitchell, Dean Radin, Marilyn Schlitz and some of the world’s greatest researchers of consciousness, out-of-body experiences and life-after-death – ‘Death Makes Life Possible’ takes us on a journey of exploration beyond the physical body. Facing the fear of death can transform the experience of living. ‘Death Makes Life Possible’ is a must see for anyone who’s going to die. [USA]