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What really happens when we die?

Your best friend is crushed when his 10-year-old son dies of cancer. He tells you that he is comforted, at least, that one day he'll get to see his child again in heaven.

Later that day, you begin to wonder... Is there life after death? Are heaven and hell real places? Do our souls continue to exist in some form?

What do you really believe?


 

M. Horatius Piscinus

M. Horatius Piscinus

Following an accident in my early teens, I had been stabilized after receiving nine units of blood. Then one night, while lying in a hospital, I began to bleed out for a third time. I soon found my conscious self floating near the ceiling and looking down on my own body as three nurses and a doctor rushed in.

Ambaa

Ambaa

This might be the biggest subject religion ever has to tackle. Death as the ending of a cycle gives purpose to our lifespan and yet it is also an incredible unknown (and heading into something unknown is, frankly, terrifying) 

K.C. Hulsman

K.C. Hulsman

I'm going to Hell when I die.

Crystal Lewis

Crystal Lewis

I have come to a comfortable place of agnosticism concerning the afterlife.

Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly

God will continue to inspire us on a holy adventure beyond the grave.

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

One's closeness with God today affects our comfort level in the afterlife.

Michael De Dora

Michael De Dora

Life truly ends with death.

Neylan McBaine

Neylan McBaine

I believe in the eternal personality of souls.

Padma Kuppa

Padma Kuppa

Reincarnation depends on the individual's karma.

John Beckett

John Beckett

There is more to Life than the material world.

Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Sumbul Ali-Karamali

We will all be held accountable on the Day of Judgment.

Kevin Christensen

Kevin Christensen

It starts with passage, a sense of homecoming, and a meeting with God.

Ezra Shanken

Ezra Shanken

If someone asked me if there is a heaven and hell, I think I would say, "Surprise me."

Frederick W. Schmidt

Frederick W. Schmidt

It is not what I know about the future that anchors my hope.

Karen Spears Zacharias

Karen Spears Zacharias

Heaven is like college . . . so much to learn, so much to do.

Tara Edelschick

Tara Edelschick

Whatever happens after we die, it will be good.

Students from University of Colorado – Boulder answer the question "What really happens when we die?"

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