Flammarion Woodcut Universe
Camille Flammarion, 1888

Life Beyond Death

The purpose of death
The nature of life after death
How we can prepare for death
How we can assist the dying


To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.

Walt Whitman - Song of Myself

Every day on Earth, 160,000 people die. In another 80 years or so, everyone who's alive today will be gone. It can happen at any time, to anybody. Will you be ready when it happens to you?

Most of us live in denial, as if death will never come. But sooner or later, death comes to everybody. And with it come a number of urgent questions: What happens after death? Is there life after death...or an afterlife? How can I prepare for death and what's the point of it all?

People usually postpone these questions until the end, when the certainty of death can no longer be ignored. By that time, they may be caught by surprise and unprepared for the situation at hand. A perfectly natural and beautiful stage of life can be overshadowed with fear and confusion.

Why wait until the end? Why not ask these questions now, while there's time to make a serious inquiry? You might discover something wonderful and completely unexpected. What if, as Walt Whitman says, "to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier."?