At funerals, we have to face death—which we generally don’t like. We spend most of our lives pretending that we won’t die. Although intellectually we know that all of us will die, we don’t think about death much until we are forced to. We know death happens all of the time, and it happens to everyone, but usually it happens to someone else. When it happens to someone we know or someone we love or even to ourselves, it feels very different. For that reason, many of us are afraid of death.