Death and Dying
This category is for questions relating to the process of death and dying, and general questions about death.
Asked by Jameson Hauck in Heart, Cardiovascular Health, Death and Dying
Has a person ever been scared to death?
Yes. Notably (and unfortunately), this happened in 2008, when a fleeing bank robber broke into a 79-year-old woman’s house to hide from police. The woman died of a heart attack, and the robber was given a life sentence for causing her death. While every cardiac event is different, here’s some information about what fear does to your heart: When you feel you’re in danger, your brain orders a surge of adrenaline to course through your body—this triggers your fight-or-flight response, which, among other things, raises your heart rate. The intent is to pump blood to your muscles and other vital organs, preparing you for battle or escape, but in extreme circumstances and risk-prone hearts, this can cause a heart attack. That’s horrifying, but death by fear is rare. Here’s Vincent Bufalino, MD, in his interview with the American Heart Association: “You can have a sudden cardiac-related event related to an adrenaline surge, but I think it would be a stretch to say you could get that from someone coming in a werewolf costume to your front door. [Something that will give you a heart attack] is the kind of thing that you can't prepare for. If it happens, it happens, and you hope your body doesn't overreact to that event.” So, yes, someone has been scared to death, but this isn’t something you need to worry about.
Asked in Death and Dying, Health
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Where do you go after suicide?
Suicide results in DEATH: and according to the Bible; after death the dead GO TO THE GRAVE! "Whatever you do, do well. For WHEN YOU GO TO THE GRAVE, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom." (Eccle.9:10 NLT New Living Translation) Suicide is "self-murder." Murder is one of the "ten sins" listed in God's Perfect Law -- the Ten Commandments -- ["...sin is the transgression of the Law." - I John 3:4], each of which exacts the penalty of "death." "For the wages of sin is death, but the Free Gift of God is Eternal Life through Christ Jesus our LORD." (Rom.6:23 NLT) But since the Bible also reveals that man CAN DIE TWICE... it becomes evident that the FIRST DEATH man experiences [whether it's from natural causes or suicide or whatever] isn't the death from which Jesus Christ shall save us: "...'Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and Understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever is victorious WILL NOT BE HURT BY THE SECOND DEATH.'" (Rev.2:11 NLT) The Bible reveals that "some sort of VICTORY must be won" in order for Jesus to prevent us from "being hurt" by the Second Death. The Bible reveals that the FIRST DEATH is APPOINTED TO ALL OF US. But not necessarily the SECOND DEATH... which the Judgment will determine. "And just as it is DESTINED that EACH PERSON DIES ONLY ONCE and AFTER THAT COMES JUDGMENT, so also CHRIST DIED ONLY ONCE as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. HE WILL COME AGAIN but not to deal with our sins again. This time He will bring Salvation to ALL THOSE WHO ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR HIM." (Heb.9:27-28 NLT) You hear very few religions in this world preach about Judgment Day or the Second Death in accordance with the Bible. Mainly because few of the religions of this world BELIEVE THAT DEATH EXISTS! They most preach the "lie" that Satan told Eve in the beginning: " 'You won't die!' the Serpent hissed." (Gen.3:4 NLT) The religions of this world teach and preach that "death" is actually "living" somewhere else in some other worldly or spiritual form. Some teach that "dead people" are "alive" somewhere in heaven [wafting up there on a cloud or something] "looking down on their loved ones on earth." You have to wonder, however, if they're really alive, conscious and awake looking down on their loved ones caught on the top floor of a burning high-rise building... or helplessly watching their loved ones being mugged, or raped, or in a terrible automobile accident, or slowly dying of some rare debilitating disease -- just how "Blissful, Serene and Perfect" can heaven be, really? The Bible, on the other hand, reveals that DEATH IS SLEEPING! An unconscious, dreamless, dormant sleep: "The living at least KNOW they will die, but THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered [or: do they remember anything]. Whatever they did IN THEIR LIFETIME - loving, hating, envying [killing themselves; emphasis, mine] - is all long gone. They no longer have a part in ANYTHING HERE ON EARTH." (Eccle.9:5-6 NLT) God reveals that WE DIE! [Gen.3:3] The god of this world tells us WE DON'T DIE! [verse 4] So, who does this world believe? Jesus, Himself, [whom the Bible reveals was and is the Almighty Creator God of the Old Testament who made the universe and everything in it - John 1:3] tells us that DEATH [the First Death] IS SLEEPING: from which, one day, we shall all awaken to Judgment. "...He said, 'Our friend Lazarus HAS FALLEN ASLEEP, but now I WILL GO AND WAKE HIM UP.' The disciples said, 'LORD, if he is sleeping, that means he is getting better!' They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was having a good night's rest, but Jesus meant LAZARUS HAD DIED. Then He told them plainly, 'LAZARUS IS DEAD.'" (John 11:11-14 NLT) Matthew Henry's comment, however, on the "suicide by Judas" cuts to the heart and "real issue" of the question with which we should be more concerned than "what happens to OTHER sinners after death?" -- regardless of what THEIR sins may have been. And that is... man's preoccupation with the consequences of other people's sins; while we go merrily along neglecting our own: "...Casting down the money, Judas departed, and went and hanged himself, not being able to bear the terror of Divine wrath, and the anguish of despair. There is little doubt but that the death of Judas was before that of our Blessed LORD. But was it NOTHING to them that they had thirsted after His blood, and hired Judas to betray it, and had condemned it to be shed unjustly? THUS DO FOOLS MAKE A MOCK AT SIN. Thus many make light of Christ crucified. And IT IS A COMMON INSTANCE OF THE DECEITFULNESS OF OUR HEARTS, TO MAKE LIGHT OF OUR OWN SIN BY DWELLING UPON THE SINS OF OTHER PEOPLE'S SINS. But the Judgment of God is according to Truth. Many apply this passage of the buying the piece of ground, with the money Judas brought back, to signify the favour intended by the blood of Christ to strangers, and sinners of the Gentiles... Judas went far toward repentance, yet it was not to Salvation. He confessed, but not to God; he did not go to Him, and say, I have sinned, Father, against heaven. LET NONE BE SATISFIED WITH PARTIAL CONVICTIONS as a man may have, and yet REMAIN FULL OF PRIDE, ENMITY, and REBELLION..." (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary: Matthew 27; Christ delivered to Pilate, The despair of Judas (1-10) ) Man's nature [our nature] has a penchant for imagining the "sins of others and the penalty thereof" to be more deserving for others, than the ones committed by ourselves. Let's not preoccupy ourselves wondering "what happens to OTHERS who sin after they die" [in whatever manner in which they do so - including "suicide," which is "self-murder"]. The Bible reads clearly on the status of the dead... regardless of HOW they die. THEY'RE ASLEEP... awaiting the Last Great Day of God's plan; Judgment Day. THEY KNOW NOTHING during this SLEEP, until they are awakened by Christ on that Day; IN THEIR PROPER ORDER: "... everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the FIRST MAN. But all those who are related to Christ, the OTHER [or SECOND] MAN, will be given New Life. BUT THERE IS AN ORDER TO THIS RESURRECTION: Christ was raised FIRST; then WHEN CHRIST COMES BACK, all His people will be raised..." (I Cor.15:22-23 NLT). The Bible clearly reveals that the "dead in Christ" will be resurrected "at the time of His return"... and that all of the majority of mankind that have lived and died throughout the generations of man "without Christ" will be resurrected "a thousand years LATER!" "...They came to Life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. THIS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) Blessed and Holy are those who share in THE FIRST RESURRECTION. For them the SECOND DEATH holds no power, but they will be Priests of God [the Father] and of Christ and will reign with Him a thousand years." (Rev.20:4-6 NLT) Suicide victims are "people without Hope"... "without the Knowledge and Understanding of God." They don't know the Truth of God's Word... people often oppressed and depressed by "demons" [the spirit world that lives all around us on planet earth, of which man's five physical senses remain virtually unaware - see Eph.6:12 & Jude 1:6 & II Peter 2:4 & Heb.2:5] that attack the minds and hearts of the spiritually blinded [which is the vast majority of mankind]. According to the teaching from the Bible... suicide victims will "awaken from their sleep" with the vast majority of mankind, a thousand years after Christ returns, to face their Creator on that Day, Judgment Day [to have their works judged against the Words written in the books of the Bible - see Rev.20:12 & 22:11-12]. At that time they, along with the rest of the majority of mankind, will have the "books of the Bible, the Truth of God [see John 17:17 & John 12:48] opened to their Understanding" [see Rev.20:12]. The Holy Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth, will "flow freely in the hearts and minds of everyone." Then, they will have their opportunity to receive God's Mercy, Forgiveness and Salvation that those whom God is calling now [to train, obey, and rule His Kingdom with Christ for a thousand years over the nations] shall have received a thousand years earlier. It will be at THAT TIME... the time of the Judgment... that the SECOND DEATH will be administered to the wicked... or the Merciful Forgiveness of God... and Eternal Life... will be bestowed upon the "repentant." "THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH [the death from which Jesus saves His creation from the god of this world, to whom man gave over his worship and obedience from the beginning - see Gen.3]. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire." (Rev.20:14-15)
Asked in Drugs and the Law, Death and Dying
What do I do when a friend called the cops on me because I was trying to commit suicide?
Asked in Wyoming, Death and Dying
What important deaths occurred in Wyoming?
There have been many deaths in Wyoming. "Important deaths" is difficult to define. There are the deaths of governors and other politicians: Milward Lee Simpson 23rd governor, US Senator Amos W. Barber, 2nd governor Joseph Meyer, politician Stanley Knapp Hathaway, 27th governor John Benjamin Kendrick, 9th governor, US Senator Leslie Andrew Miller, 17th governor Frank Lee Houx, 10th governor There are historical deaths: Esther Hobart Morris, the first woman ever appointed as a Justice of the Peace. William Judd Fetterman, officer of the US Army who was killed in the Fetterman Fight. Big Nose George (George Parrott) who was executed murdering two law enforcement officers. "Big" Steve Long who was a particularly violent lawman, killing eight men in gunfights within two months. Long was lynched after confessing to his fiancee that he had killed a prospector in a botched robbery attempt. Ellen Liddy Watson "Cattle Kate" was accused of cattle rustling and lynched. Then there are the deaths which made news: Matthew Shepard who was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998, and died six days later. Celebrity deaths in Wyoming: Chris LeDoux, American country music singer-songwriter, bronze sculptor and rodeo champion. Susan Thompson Buffet, first wife of investor Warren Buffet.
Asked in Wyoming, Death and Dying
What was the most tragic death in Wyoming?
The most tragic death in Wyoming is probably the death of Matthew Wayne Shepard. On the night of October 6, 1998, two men took Matthew to a remote area east of Laramie, Wyoming where they beat Matthew, tied him to a fence, set him on fire, and left him to die. Matthew was found 18 hours later by a cyclist who, at first, thought he was a scarecrow. Matthew was still alive but died 6 days later.