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Updated on Oct 4, 2019. Posted on Dec 19, 2017

15 End-Of-Life Questions That Reveal If You’re More Scared Than Other People

A quiz before dying.

What's more relatable than death? After all, it's coming for all of us! (Sorry.)

@selardore / Via instagram.com

And while it can be scary AF to contemplate, research has shown that, in certain populations, having a preference for a specific dying process is a core theme of a "good death." So hey, maybe taking some time here and there to think about death and dying — and our preferences around it — can actually bring us some peace.

(Of course, if you find yourself consumed by thoughts of death or you're so afraid of it that it's disrupting your life, it's definitely a good idea to reach out to a professional. You can start here. And for more information on free and affordable mental health care options, check out this guide.)

  1. 1. What do you think happens after you die?

    What do you think happens after you die?

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1. What do you think happens after you die?
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    Nothing! Nothingness. It's a total wrap
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    There's some kind of non-heaven/non-hell afterlife
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    You go to heaven, hell, or purgatory
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    I have no idea
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    Reincarnation
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    My religion teaches that something specific happens after death and that's what I think
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    Something else happens and I will describe it in the comments
  1. 2. Which sounds worse?

    Which sounds worse?

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2. Which sounds worse?
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    Dying when you're super old, but having outlived your friends and family so that when you die there's no one there with you
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    Dying youngish but surrounded by friends, loved ones, children, etc.
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    They're kind of equally bad?
  1. 3. Do you like to think / talk about death (not your own, just in general)?

    Do you like to think / talk about death (not your own, just in general)?

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3. Do you like to think / talk about death (not your own, just in general)?
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    Yes, it's creepy AF
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    Yes, it really helps me process the reality that it's coming for all of us
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    No, it's creepy AF
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    No, I am in denial that I will one day die
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    I don't *like* to think about death, but I do find myself thinking about it
  1. 4. Which sounds like a better funeral (for you)?

    Which sounds like a better funeral (for you)?

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4. Which sounds like a better funeral (for you)?
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    Super sad, lots of wailing, lots of eulogies, maybe someone throwing themselves on my casket?
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    One of those memorials where people sad-cry and happy-cry while sharing stories about me
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    Nothing too sad but also I don't want it to be mega upbeat either. I'm dead, mourn me!
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    A party where people are straight up celebrating my life
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    No funeral at all, thanks
  1. 5. And when it comes to the details, have you thought about your funeral?

    And when it comes to the details, have you thought about your funeral?

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5. And when it comes to the details, have you thought about your funeral?
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    I have it planned down to the song I want played and who will eulogize me
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    I have a sense of the kind of thing I'd want and its vibe
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    Not really, I just know I want some kind of service
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    Nah, I'll just leave it up to my loved ones to figure out how they want it
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    I don't want a funeral or service of any kind
  1. 6. What should we do with your remains?

    What should we do with your remains?

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6. What should we do with your remains?
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    Cremate me and scatter me in this one particular special place
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    Cremate me and divide my remains among my nearest and dearest
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    Cremate me and bury my ashes
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    I want a traditional burial in casket
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    I would like to be interred in a dope AF mausoleum, thanks
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    Donate my body to science
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    There's a burial ritual specific to my religion I'd like followed
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    Dealer's choice; whatever my next of kin wants is fine
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    I want this other thing done to my body; I'll explain it in the comments
  1. 7. What's the scariest thing about dying?

    What's the scariest thing about dying?

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7. What's the scariest thing about dying?
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    Um, everything?
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    Knowing you're about to die, like right before it happens
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    Ceasing to exist
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    That it could be painful
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    That my loved ones will be freaking tf out
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    I don't think dying is scary
  1. 8. What's the saddest thing about dying?

    What's the saddest thing about dying?

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8. What's the saddest thing about dying?
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    Having to say goodbye to my loved ones
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    My friends and family missing me after I'm gone
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    Not getting to finish everything I started
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    Not getting to see how certain things turn out (in my life, in the world, with certain people, etc.)
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    Honestly just the idea that the world keeps going on even though I'm not in it
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    That I'd eventually be forgotten
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    Everything tbh
  1. 9. If you could choose the way you'd die, would you?

    If you could choose the way you'd die, would you?

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9. If you could choose the way you'd die, would you?
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    No way, that's one decision I don't want to fuck up
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    Yes, the certainty would be comforting
  1. 10. Would you want to know when you're going to die?

    Would you want to know when you're going to die?

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10. Would you want to know when you're going to die?
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    No way, I want it to be a complete surprise
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    Maybe not the exact date but I wouldn't mind knowing what age I'll live to.
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    Yes, tell me everything down to the minute so I can plan my life's to-do list around it.
  1. 11. Would you rather have time to connect meaningfully with everyone you love before you die or just Irish exit from this mortal coil?

    Would you rather have time to connect meaningfully with everyone you love before you die or just Irish exit from this mortal coil?

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11. Would you rather have time to connect meaningfully with everyone you love before you die or just Irish exit from this mortal coil?
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    I'd want to sit down with basically everyone I've ever met and tell them what they mean to me
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    I'd want time to hug my people and tell them I love them
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    I would prefer to just ghost, it would be easier on my loved ones
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    I would prefer to just ghost, it would be easier on me
  1. 12. If you could be immortal, would you?

    If you could be immortal, would you?

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12. If you could be immortal, would you?
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    Please, I've seen vampire movies. I'd lose everyone I've ever known over and over and I'd be so lonely
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    Yes, I want to live forfuckingever
  1. 13. Does thinking about your own mortality make you panicky?

    Does thinking about your own mortality make you panicky?

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13. Does thinking about your own mortality make you panicky?
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    Yeah, it freaks me the fuck out
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    Kind of, yes
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    It's actually calming to know it happens to all of us
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    A little, but it inspires me to live my life to its fullest
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    Nope
  1. 14. How do you think you'd be moments before you died?

    How do you think you'd be moments before you died?

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14. How do you think you'd be moments before you died?
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    Contemplative and at peace
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    Panicked and scared AF
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    In total disbelief
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    Grateful for the time I'd had
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    Depends on the circumstances
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    I'd feel some other way that I will describe in the comments
  1. 15. How often do you think about your own death?

    How often do you think about your own death?

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15. How often do you think about your own death?
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    Basically constantly
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    Frequently; like a couple times a week
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    Maybe once a month or so
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    Every now and again
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    Almost never
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