I have feared death since my mom died when I was ten. to me it seems a lifetime.. I am now 41. This fear overshadows most of my fears. As I do get older and experience life it seems to lift a bit each day. I have learned to live life and enjoy it. There is nothing that will put life into as much perspective as losing a parent when you are young. In some ways I am grateful to have the experience young as I can help people in their pain when they too face their parents deaths and thus fear their own deaths.