Fear of Death or "Thanatophobia" is experienced by almost all individuals at some point in life. Generally, the fear of death is seen more in kids and children between 6 to 7 years and the adult aging above 50 years. Many times kids confuse the detachment of their dear ones for some time as their death while the adults after 50 years often start fearing that they have only a few years to live.
The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears. -Eckhart Tolle
This fear actually causes discomfort and anxiety arising from the question of human mortality. Death is inevitable in life and everyone has to face it. So, without fearing we should accept it as a life process. If you are also a victim of the same fear, the following tips will help you overcome it.
1. Have control of your life
Mental positivity is very important for overcoming the fear of death. Chop off the negative people from your life and spend quality time with family, friends, and people that bring positivity to you. End toxic relationships with people that are suffocating you mentally or make a call and try to patch-up with people if you feel it’s important. Don’t leave any task unfinished. If you are living a positive life you will never fear your death, instead, leave it to nature.
Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live. -Henry Van Dyke
2. Accept death as a part of life
Death is life is unpredictable. Different individuals face it in a different way at different points in life. So instead of panicking about it, try to accept it as a part of the life cycle. Kids should not be hidden about the concept of death rather they should be explained that everyone has to die one day and that is a natural phenomenon of life. Adults too aging above 50 years and the teenage people as well in so situation should not spoil their living life fearing about death.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. -Mark Twain
3. Engage yourself in Ritual or Spirituality
Some people might not be fond of religious beliefs but it actually helps you cope with the fear of death with an in-depth understanding. You can read the spiritual books or messages of God that explains death and afterlife concept beautifully and you can also practice any particular ritual on your own like going for a morning walk, visiting a temple, or lighting a lamp in front of god, etc. These things will keep your mind fresh and bring positive changes in your life cutting off the fear of death.
The fear of death is the beginning of slavery. -Robert Anton Wilson
4. Talk about death
The best way to overcome a fear of something is to face it. Many people fear attending funerals, death ceremonies, or talking about death as they don’t want to confront it. Engage yourself in positive death conversations just like discussing a general topic to accept it as a general lifecycle process.
Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive - the risk to be alive and express what we really are. -Miguel Angel Ruiz
5. Enjoy Life
No, matter what age you are in currently, never forget to enjoy life. Do things that you love. Hangout with your near and dear ones. Travel to new places, try new things, devote time to your self-improvement, workout regularly, keep a healthy diet, breathe some fresh air and most importantly prepare your favorite bucket list without wasting a single minute for the things you don’t like.
People living deeply have no fear of death. -Anais Nin
6. Plan for things after death
This is for elderly people above 50 years. Without worrying about your time left, consult a wellness advocate, and start check-marking things you need to do before your death. If it is about the property or financial distribution, go for the detailed legal procedures and make sure all your papers ready so that at right time you can hand over things legally to your heirs and die in peace.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. -Marcus Aurelius
7. Read books and novels on death
There are many writers and philosophers who have elaborately explained the concept of death. Make a pint to grab those books and devote some time to read them. It will help you develop a new way of observing death and will help in reducing your fear making your thoughts calm, composed, and matured.
Remember these words from Marcus Aurelius "Do not fear death, but welcome it, since it too comes from nature. For just as we are young and grow old, and flourish and reach maturity, have teeth and a beard and grey hairs, conceive, become pregnant, and bring forth new life, and all the other natural processes that follow the seasons of our existence, so also do we have death. A thoughtful person will never take death lightly, impatiently, or scornfully, but will wait for it as one of life's natural processes."
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. -Mark Twain