I have no fear of death, at least not on any conscious level. I have an opposite fear, much like raprap's who said 'eternal life.' I fear the powerlessness which sometimes accompanies extremely old age. I will be 74 years of age by the end of this year and so far -- knock on wood
-- am far from any debilitating infirmities. I am not only healthy, I am physically active and mentally alert. What I fear is losing these attributes. To be confined to a bed, or even a wheelchair for years, is a nightmare scenario for me. To be stricken with any form of dementia which makes me a useless burden to a caretaker is a terrifying thought. Blindness, total deafness, other similar disabilities are likewise frightening. Death is far preferable to needing constant assistance from others to accomplish the simplest of tasks e.g. walking or feeding myself. Those are terrifying thoughts.