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There are many that feel that there is more than just the life in the physical body as we see it. They feel that there is a spirit or soul that inhabits the body and represents the real individual. This being supposedly lives on. Therefore if you are a believer in the survival of the spirit then you refer to the time after the death of the physical body as the afterlife.

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"After death" (or "afterdeath") does not imply whether the soul lives on, whereas "afterlife" implies that it does. This is the message that this word is used to convey. "Afterlife" means "after life," but it also means "the life after."Otherwise, "afterlife" and "afterdeath" would mean the same thing, with no reason to prefer the latter.

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