The need for comfort is universal across humankind, many people have a tough time dealing with loneliness, illness, or death. And I think that's one of the main reasons for the existence of religion: The need for comfort.
I, as an atheist, have never had that kind of trouble, but I do understand the need for it and that made me think: Was there something science-based I could say to help someone be at peace with death?.
And this is what came out of that question...
Our bodies are made of atoms, atoms which were made in stars, stars that had to explode in order to create them, massive amounts of energy were needed to make you, and then you consumed a lot more during your life. And there's a good thing about energy, it is never lost, nor destructed. A lot of that energy is still there, in you, making up each atom of each element in your body, bonding them together, and THAT is the key.
Because when you die, and lie buried underground, your body will slowly start giving back all that energy and begin nurturing the soil, kicking off another cycle, feeding plants, which will in order feed animals, that will later feed other animals, and then, what else could you probably wish for?
You have now given life to a great number of other beings, your energy kept living, the atoms that once made you, are now part of many things, those atoms are now brightening a lady's face by being part of a rose her lover gave her, or coasting the sky making bird fly, pushing the road hard making a dog run, or became part of a baby saying its first words. So if you ever feel you cannot cope with death, just think about this, you were once living stardust and that stardust and life in you will keep on going, living in many things populating this wonderful universe, until the ends of time.
What do you think about it? How did it make you feel? Is there something you came up with for the same reason? Leave your comment and thank you for reading.