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The point isn't that fear and sorrow won't exist. It is that it
won't exist (probably) as much as we tend to think it will, at
least not for the person dying.
Obviously fear and sorrow will exist as death and dying are
horrific emotional experiences. No one is saying they aren't.
It's also not saying that this will happen for everyone. These
findings are just mean differences across people in the
studies. I am quite sure for some people death and dying
are quite terrifying the entire time. It's likely though that for
some people, it isn't terrifying much at all.
Also, when pondering these results it is important to realize, I think, that affective forecasting errors will influence the
believability of these results, at least for people who have a
high fear of death.
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