I had a friend of mine die a couple of weeks ago.
She was very ill so i remember a few months ago sitting with her and really listening to what she had to say because I knew that when i left her that time, it would be the last time. I just wanted her to know that somebody appreciated her and not everybody just saw her as her illness.
So, i was fortunate enough to have been able to 'brace myself' for her death. I have nothing i wish i said to her because i said it all already.
I like the quote that says something like
"Death, the most feared of all evils is therefore of no concern to us, for while we exist, death is not present and when death is present, we no longer exist."
I used to be a Christian but lost my faith when i was about 20.
As an atheist I accept that when I die, my body will just go back to being a part of the universe. I think we all come from 'star stuff' and we will all be back there at some point
I do not fear death but i do fear not living while I am here.