Every one knows the religious answer of going to heaven ..
I am not going in to this because I dismiss it as a bedtime story to ease ,or if you are afraid to end up in the other place, increase the fear of dying in people..
That's religion for you..
I believe, no I KNOW that death will be like a dreamless sleep of eternal unawareness which has no return, no suffering, no joy I will just no longer be there..
Like one of my most favorite quotes in life:
“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
My story maybe not much of a reassurance, but I prefer reality, and this has more beauty and wonder than religion can ever promise.
We are all made of molecules and elements forged in ancient stars that explosively died long ago and spread their mater all over the universe.. most of the atoms in our bodies may have their origin millions of light years apart from each other.
We all will be going where we and every other life form that ever lived on earth is going. back to the unaware molecular state of separate molecules and elements that we were made of..
But it is the travel there is a story worth telling and starts the moment you die.
Suppose they bury you under a tree, that will be the departure of your journey.
It's in Littleton, just outside of Denver, at Littleton Cemetery, The grave is under a tree right by one of the gates..It is very real.
At first part of your chemical make up will end up in that tree and every living form around it like plants insects microbes that will carry your molecules further on
In a sense part of you will live on in that tree until it dies and it will be well possible that few of your atoms and molecules will travel on in new humans and other life forms on earth for billions of years until our sun eventually will die , most likely after violently expanding and swallowing up most of the planets ..
Perhaps it will become nova en destroying the whole solar system and sending all matter back to the universe and from where it came to make new stars and new life in another place in the galaxy..
Personally I find this an epic adventure, far better than spending eternity worshiping some jealous attention craving ancient war god, Yahweh Sabaoth.. (Yahweh, lord of armies)
The only thing I kinda regret is that I will not aware of all this happening, because I will have been returned to the state of non existence, as I was billions of years before I was born...