Fear is so associated with death. Yet, if one dispels this fear of death, there is noting else of such an occurrence to fear in this living world, etc. As there are but three things for a living human being to expect from this world, and that's to be born, blossom, and die! We are all transiting the blossoming stage at this time., etc. And many don't wish for it to end anytime soon, etc. Yet, knowing that it will, etc. And you are right, medicine allows for a painless death, etc. But, there are those seniors that have passed quietly in their sleep with no issues, etc. Just old age, etc. Every thing spoken and or told about death involves the unknown, etc. All this talk of spirits, spirits, etc. Allow me to ask, "why do people fear the dead?" Even at a funeral, etc. people often feel this way, etc. It's true about one thing, ain't nobody been back to actually give us a heads up on their death adventure, etc. Bottom line is... Best you be ready when that angel knocks, and says it's time, etc. All really need to ask themselves, "will they be ready?" Whut u think?
What people are you referencing, when you ask ... "why do people fear the dead?"
I don't fear the dead. Do you fear the dead? If so, why do you fear the dead?
If you live how you want to die, then you will always be ready for any angels that knock.
For example, I use to work at a place where they did these things called "bucket drops" ... when a fellow employee died, there would be a "bucket drop" for them. Everyone who wanted to, could put money in the bucket on their way entering and leaving work, for the deceased co-worker's family. These bucket drops rubbed me wrong, so much so until I said to self - I do not want a bucket drop from these people. So it made me think, how do I avoid this bucket drop thing. I have no control over when death comes for me, but I can control where I die, where I work when I die. I can insure there is not a bucket drop for me, by making sure I do not die while employed here. Easy peasy.
Another example, in our Mission Statement I talk about this community will be found dying, the same way it lived, respectfully. If you want to die respectfully, live respectfully - every single day live respectfully - and you will die respectfully. However you want to be found dying, live that every day.
In this way, we can control some aspects of our death. Perhaps not the exact moment in time, but we can be as ready for death as we are for any other planned / anticipated journey.