It's something we're all gonna do. Most fear it, all think about it, even if it is in the bacground. When the son takes the car there are fears he will have an accident, when a child is diagnosed with a horrible disease, when we get old and our bodies start to not perform the way they once did. Seeing people we know or love, suddenly in a box covered with flowers. All these things and more force us to think of death.
I came across some info on death. I learned that in the Jewish tradition a persons spirit is said to linger for a week or so after death.
Buddhists in the Tibetean tradition understand that the spirit of the deceased remains for 7 weeks. During that time a ceremony is performed in which the spirit of the dead person is guided through the realms of death to liberation.
Some are more than happy to die without hope for something more. I do appreciate the Zen perspective of immediate authentic living. But I like the Buddhist concept of the individual which makes death something to deal with but not all that permenant.