Our thoughts, feelings, senses, and overall awareness is all in our brains. When any part of our brain is damaged, we lose the awareness and bodily functions associated with that part. When the brain dies, we consequently lose all awareness and bodily function. We die. Why then is it so hard to accept that we do not experience an afterlife. Even if such a thing as a soul exists, we do not possess an awareness of our soul. Whatever it might be, it has no connection to our awareness, as the rest of us does. So why then would we have any awareness of it after we die, at which time our brain, with which we sense things, no longer functions. Is the thought of oblivion so scary? If death is to be a release from the mortal coil, then wouldn't nothingness be more restful, than eternal servitude, or damnation? I welcome all thoughts, even trolls, but please keep your answers relevant to the question. Why does there have to be an afterlife?