Imminent Death

A variety of circumstances might produce awareness of imminent death. What one does with the remainder of life will depend upon circumstances. A convicted murderer, scheduled for execution in the morning, has few options, consisting primarily of a final meal and consultation with a cleric. But the question posed is about me, not some hypothetical felon. I would first want to say my goodbyes and reaffirm my love for those closest to me. Secondly, I would want to confirm that appropriate arrangements have been made, regarding my estate, cremation plans, memorial service, etc. Since most people don’t have this sort of precise advanced warning of their demise, prudent people make these arrangements well in advance. Finally, like Socrates in The Phaedo, I would enjoy an extended final discussion of the arguments and evidence for whether death is our final act, or simply the beginning of a new period of existence.

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