Death is depressing. It makes me think as so many others have thought, about what lies beyond death. Space may be the final frontier, but even that frontier will someday be conquered. Death is a frontier that will never be conquered. It is impossible to know for certain what happens when you die. The multiplicity of theories abound in the worlds religions. You can go to Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Nirvana, be Reincarnated, be reunited with loved ones, or maybe just nothing. I wish I knew witch it was, but my feeling is that nothing happens when you die other than you ceasing to exist. I come to that belief through lack of evidence for anything else, but the truth is ultimately that it is a belief, I have no more evidence for it than I have that everyone will go to heaven when they die.
Funerals are also weird, especially christian ones. For those that dont know, Christians believe that everyone will go to heaven or hell when they die, depending on how they behaved in this world. My question is then; why are funerals so sad? Shouldnt they be celebrations of people entering into paradise? Unless you believe that the person was bad enough to warrant entrance into hell, in which case I would understand the sadness. But inexplicably, christians also believe that god is a forgiving god, and a loving god, so wouldnt only the mose heinous offenders and a sad funeral?
On the other hand, if you believe that death leads to nothing, then funerals would truly be a sad occasion, because no matter how goud the person is, they are now truly dead and nonexistant. I think thats why funerals are sad, because people secretly suspect this is the case but are afraid to admit it.