How little has changed in the millenia since this was written.a human birth is not the beginning of the soul, only of its incarnation as that particular person. Death is simply the end of this particular person and the soul's transformation into another state. Death is just the discarding of a worn-out body. Most people are ignorant of this fact and therefore needlessly fear death.
Today, more than ever, death remains a primary focus of fear. In western culture, we have even managed to sanitise the process to the extent that we may never need to come into direct contact with the dead, adding a further layer of remoteness from the process and, ultimately, robbing the bereaved (and indeed the deceased) of so many comforting rituals once associated with it.
How much more pleasant must the death be: peacefully, in your own time, in your own home, surrounded by loved ones? Compare that to the death rites inflicted on the majority of our citizenry: hooked up to all sorts of machinery, failing hearts pumelled and zapped to extend life a few, short, painful hours in a noisy environment surrounded by strangers?
I know there are exceptions, and that many places offer a more serene end, but isn't it time society had a proper rethink about how best to service this most natural of events...??
Hmmm. Well that did nothing to cheer me up...