What's wrong with it being the end though? Even if one doesn't believe in any sort of afterlife, death is still a natural and necessary part of the life cycle and not something to be feared.
I'm not an atheist, but even if I was, I don't see anything wrong with simply being worm food. While I understand the health/safety perspective, I'd totally be happy with my body just being give back to the earth. In that way a part of us continues on, even if it's in a different form. :)
One cannot choose to believe in that which one does not think exists. It doesn't matter how much one wants or tries to believe in Santa Clause, gifts are still not going to magically appear under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. If someone held a gun to an atheist;s head and said believe or you die, that atheist might say the words the gunman wants to hear, but he would still not believe, even under penalty of death.
As an atheist I have no problem with the finality of death. All the more reason to make the most of the time we have. I do believe I will live on after death -- in the memory of those I leave behind. It is my goal in life to do what I can to make those memories good and long-lasting.
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Some of us realize that just because we REALLY hope that we'll get to live forever with our loved ones in eternal bliss together and that death won't separate us forever, doesn't change the fact that this is extremely unlikely. Some of us choose to understand what actually is, not outwardly complain that others aren't hoping hard enough for their illusionary vision.
I live my life to be honest and as good as I possibly can and try not to hurt others (although not everyone sees it that way). I live my life to the fullest. I have no time to wonder "what if" over something I have absolutely no control over. Everyone dies. When it happens, it will be the end of me except in the minds of those I have touched.
Stop worrying about what happens when you die and spend that time ALIVE during the short life you have.
That is one of the big reasons why religion has so many followers because a lot of people are just scared of death and need emotional comfort to make themselves feel secure so they turn to religion (usually christianity in America) and convince themselves that it's all true. There is no evidence that actual life continues once you die and there's no reason to think so and most atheists accept that because that is reality and gives motivation to do your best with the one life you have and don't give into wishful thinking of everlasting paradise and happiness because that is obviously just human sense.
Want to believe and understanding facts are 2 different things. I as an atheist would think it's wonderful that there would be an afterlife, but there is not one shred of evidence of any sort of afterlife, none. So I accept the fact there is no proof (only faith and I don't do faith on subjects like this). Death is just another part of life and we all have to accept it.
The idea is that if you were you (and you ARE you--congratulations), you've actually accomplished what you said you'd do. As for atheists, a good number of us don't think that death is the end of life either. We get recycled.
Atheists think that death is the end of human existence because they only accept that which is provable by hard evidence, and there is no hard evidence of life after death. That is the way their brains work; very intellectually-driven. Others who are instead very intuitive are often more prone to faith and belief beyond what is provable. BTW, I don't understand the atheist assertion that people believe in an afterlife because they're afraid of death. I really don't hear a lot of that myself. I do, but not to a great extent. Personally, I feel like if death is the end, fine; I get to rest in peace. However, eternal joy is a great alternative. That said, I don't really feel a pressing need for the perpetuation of my own ego.
( 7 ) They know what is apparent of the worldly life, but they, of the Hereafter, are unaware.
( 8 ) Do they not contemplate within themselves? Allah has not created the heavens and the earth and what is between them except in truth and for a specified term. And indeed, many of the people, in [the matter of] the meeting with their Lord, are disbelievers.