AMoonHawk saidI think of it from time to time ... I don't like to dwell on it .. we are all going to die ... and like the song goes, "the best you can hope for, is to die in your sleep". I think of it this way ... whenever you have found yourself in a circumstance where you are in a lot of pain and you nod off between the pain and fall asleep and dream .... are you still feeling the pain?
Exceptions include http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anesthesia_awareness
as well as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream
. I've read that with anesthesia awareness, a patient in rare instances might feel the physical pain, while I've experienced that in lucid dreaming we do not normally feel the body but, being conscious, you do of course remember your day and any psychological trauma associated with that.
I had severe difficulties with this while I was in mourning as I was getting no rest during sleep and so I had to turn off my lucid dreaming and dream nonlucidly for a long time until I was able to better handle my emotions. Though I wasn't aware when I slept of my body's feelings, at that time I did often cry while mourning in my dreaming which would wake up my body which was already convulsing by the time it woke up and also with tears streaming down my face. So there most certainly is a physically responsive connection from mind to body beyond twitching or erections even while it sleeps.
Still, sleep is generally a good analogy particularly as most people so freely surrender their consciousness to it every night of their life, so then why would there ever be any fear of surrendering consciousness even to death?