The fear of death is universal . What happens to us after we die ? Is there a hell ? Is there pain ? suffering ? As a child, I had these fears - and still do. My mother always reassured me that death was like sleeping - and not something to be afraid of. How will I be able to cope with these fears now that she is dying ? And how will I cope with these fears after she is dead ? Will I be able to face upto my death as a man ? Just like my mother has taught me about life and living , I am sure she will now teach me about death and dying - I only hope that I have the maturity and wisdom to learn !