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.
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.
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.
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.
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.