How to overcome the fear of death and die with dignity

Regular psychologist, Dr Helgo Schomer, says that from the moment we are born we know we will die. The only problem is that we don't want to face the end, says Dr Schomer.

Most people live with the fear of unknown, because no one has ever come back from death to tell the tale of what it is like to die.

He says hospices try very hard to minimize the agony of death by allowing people to die with dignity, while surrounded by family, as opposed to dying alone in hospital and in pain.

The majority of people are scared of dying in pain and the suffering that comes with it, says Dr Schomer

Very few achieve a lighthearted attitude and some achieve a realistically grounding attitude that is usually based on cultural values, so particular religions have a particular attitude.

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

Many religions believe in a transcendental 'higher place' called heaven. These religions maintain that if you live according to the prescribed principles and the laws of that religion, when you die you'll go straight to heaven and people look forward to that.

But Dr Schomer says we don't know that this is fact.

When people die they lose control of things they've been in control of for most of their life and that terrifies everyone, he says.

You give yourself up to a new state of being that is the least explained and the least mapped

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

According to Dr Schomer, dying with dignity means being able to make conscious decisions that are based on reason, and being able to be in control yourself so that you don't burden others.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Read More
Cool Dads Foundation inspires young fathers to be better than their own fathers

Cool Dads Foundation inspires young fathers to be better than their own fathers

The foundation advocates and support’s a culture of positive fatherhood.

Gordhan's extra R5 billion not enough for universities on the verge of deficit

Gordhan's extra R5 billion not enough for universities on the verge of deficit

Dr Ingrid Tufvesson says it is worrying that universities haven't thought of a way to raise their own funds?

Jay Z soon to join songwriters Hall of Fame

Jay Z soon to join songwriters Hall of Fame

MD and Producer at Culprit Entertainment says Jay Z is the most qualifying person to be in the Hall of Fame for songwriters.

New transfer cost threshold an unwise move - property expert

New transfer cost threshold an unwise move - property expert

What does the Finance Minister's announcement on transfer duty threshold really mean for home buyers?

Competition Commission's probe into the automotive industry's unfair practices

Competition Commission's probe into the automotive industry's unfair practices

Head of automotive at Gumtree says manufacturers need to make sure that their vehicle is maintained properly while under warranty.

Is entrepreneurship given the support it needs in SA?

Is entrepreneurship given the support it needs in SA?

MD of Simodisa talks to Kieno Kammies about whether the budget speech did enough to boost entrepreneurship in South Africa.

Popular articles
Letters show Moyane refuses to account to Gordhan, turns to Zuma to intervene

Letters show Moyane refuses to account to Gordhan, turns to Zuma to intervene

M&G reports that Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane declared an intergovernmental dispute against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Some investments are more attractive after Budget 2017 (some not so much)

Some investments are more attractive after Budget 2017 (some not so much)

Personal Financial Advisor Warren Ingram gives advice on where to put your money; considering changes brought by Budget 2017.

Criminal charges laid against culprit of Stellies rooster assault

Criminal charges laid against culprit of Stellies rooster assault

Police are probing a complaint about a man who tossed a rooster around and forced it to smoke a cigarette at a Stellenbosch party.

Budget 2017 and tax: The good (there is some), the bad and the ugly

Budget 2017 and tax: The good (there is some), the bad and the ugly

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews TaxTim cofounder Marc Sevitz.

Cape Town has the worst traffic and Joburg pips it to the post

Cape Town has the worst traffic and Joburg pips it to the post

TomTom Traffic Index 2017 findings have revealed that Cape Town is South Africa’s most congested city when it comes to traffic.