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What type of death do you most fear?

Death by fire or death by drowning are my two biggest fears. Believe it or not being eaten alive is scary but not my #1fear. When I'm dead I want to be eaten. Give back something to the Earth for all I have taken.

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Being reduced to a state of physical inability to care for myself, mind still intact.

ClaireMilner Level 4 Sep 28, 2017

This is mine too.

I had a close friend who was a quadriplegic, and he died a slow and painful death. His mind was sharp as ever. This also is my fear....


dying alone and forgotten


Being the fattest survivor of an airplane crash on a desert island as everyone turns to cannibalism

HarrySlick Level 6 Dec 20, 2017



I do not fear death. I do not want to die, but when it comes, it comes.

laostus3 Level 2 Oct 15, 2017

Yeah, but burning to death is less prefered than dying in your sleep, I would assume so given that, what to you, would be least desirable?

I would have to say depression. To hurt so badly mentally that you need to die, that would be worse than any physical pain.


Ooh, good question! Drowning is certainly scary — panic sets in pretty fast when you can't get oxygen — but it's a relatively quick death. Fire seems like it would hurt a lot, but I've heard that most people in a fire die from smoke inhalation long before the flames reach them (though being burned at the stake would be a different matter). I think cancer would top my list, because you don't pass out from the pain, it's long and drawn out, and you have to think about it day after day while enduring exhaustion and increasing pain, and eventually organ failure. And you watch those around you, with pitying eyes, experience your decline, grieving for you before you've even died, doing everything for you as you get sicker, weaker, and more delirious, even resenting you for putting them through the ordeal. That's what scares me. If I ever have an incurable wasting disease, I'll end my own life long before I become too sick and a serious burden on my loved ones.

resserts Level 8 Nov 9, 2017

I agree, Resserts I'd end my life before putting my family through hell.

Oh, I don't know....I have terminal cancer, and it's not too bad--yet. The medications I'm on do a pretty good job of controlling symptoms. I am still able to function normally, and people who find out I have cancer are always surprised, because I don't look like it--yet, lol.

When it gets to the point where nothing works anymore, the doctor has already said painkillers will be available to keep me comfortable. And my daughter is a hospice nurse, so that works out pretty well. We have it all worked out to cause the least burden for everyone.

btw, when I was diagnosed, they gave me 2-3 years to live....that was in July 2014, so it's been 3 1/2 years already. I'm shooting for 2020; I'll see how close I get.

An added benefit to this long death is that my loved ones and I can prepare emotionally and financially, and say everything we want to say to each other. I'm glad I can give them this closure.


A long, painful, torturous death that involves mutilation, burning, suffocation, etc. Other than that, I don't fear death- I only fear it will be slow and painful. Also, a terminal disease would be on the list.

LoveThyDog Level 6 Oct 25, 2017

It's not death I fear but dying. When the time comes, the quicker the better.

atheist Level 8 Sep 28, 2017

A long a painful death.

JeffBrown Level 4 Oct 21, 2017

I hear drowning is considered a good way to go, but I think if I had a choice how I died it wouldn't be by drowning. I don't really fear death, I just fear not living my life to the full and enjoying every moment for what it is.

Hugene2002 Level 7 Oct 19, 2017

A forgotten one.


Being shot, stabbed and left alone while my pet eats my body.

now thats a thought. My cats and dogs lick me too much now. I think it is anticipation

They’re testing you out. @btroje

@Redcupcoffee yeah. not ripe yet i guess


I don't fear a natural death, I look forward to it because I have never done it before and it is a once in a lifetime experience but saying that, I am in no hurry for it to arrive, I still have plenty of living still to do.
The type of death that I fear is a death caused by some knob head who cares about nobody but themselves, a drunk driver, an armed criminal, accidental death whilst at work (my elder brother died this way in 1978 when he was crushed by a train).
Death is inevitable and after a long life, it will be welcome.

meister268 Level 4 Nov 26, 2017

Oh gosh, Meister , that's terrible about your brother!!! I'm so sorry!


I love food, so I would definitely not want to starve to death.

jamrock876 Level 5 Nov 12, 2017

Dying totally unexpectedly with the rest of my life ahead of me and my last thought being, "But I had so much left to do..."

Andrewp93 Level 4 Oct 4, 2017


That's a good one.


Any death that doesn't come when I am sleeping.

Leutrelle Level 7 Jan 12, 2018

long lingering time of being useless

Gary4234 Level 5 Dec 20, 2017

A painful one.

I am not scared of anything even death. Although I shed a tear for leaving my SUPER family
For pain and operations I am a woosh smile009.gif
I even dropped to the floor once when the doctor told me I needed a emergency surgery.


Maybe I'm weird but I think drowning sounds kind of peaceful. I mean it would have to be a big body of water and I'm sure there would be a moment of panic. Anyway, I agree with everyone....slow and painful. I also fear dying of Alzheimer's. In runs in my family on both sides. It's not the death I fear but being a burden on my family.

Mindi Level 3 Oct 27, 2017

Drowning could take several minutes though. My mom and grandma had Alzheimers, and whenever I forget something, I start to worry.

I think the body's panic reaction would probably make drowning extremely painful. Stroke would be painless and quick. If self inflicted insulin OD might be an easy way out.


Slow painful would much rather just pass.


I just heard the news today of a local fishing boat with a crew of 7 on board that I knew well, that capsized in heavy weather and sank with only one lad escaping, the rest probably trapped in the vessel as it went down, This to me would be one of the worst ways to die, a slow suffocation trapped and unable to escape.

I'm sorry for the loss of your friends

So sorry, too! Yes, that's a terrible way to die!


I do fear a painful death, but I have an even bigger fear of dying unaccomplished.


I fear dying alone.

DaleNash Level 3 Sep 30, 2017

Everyone dies alone. Even surrounded by loved ones you are the only one passing


A long drawn out, painful death or being physically incapacitated but mentally alert (locked in syndrome).

KLMFTFW Level 5 Sep 28, 2017

I fear being killed by a bible believing religious fanatic. Be it a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or any other person who believes in a higher power. A true bible follower to be sure. That would be my most horrible death. Thou shall not kill...what a joke!


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