My body has been living on this planet for 29 orbits of the sun. In general, the human body can only survive for 80-100 orbits. At that point, the cells are no longer able to reproduce or repair themselves. When this happens we say that someone has died of “old age” or “natural causes”. But no one can really die from being old, their internal organs have to fail. It is highly unlikely that all organs fail simultaneously, so I’m curious to know what starts the process of death. Does the brain stop sending signals to the organs to make them work? Maybe the heart stops sending around oxygen and nutrients? Perhaps the lungs just won’t take in air anymore? And then what? Once the body is dead, is the soul then free of its fleshy prison and able to roam the universe, experiencing it in a new way previously unimaginable? Does consciousness just switch to another being, like changing user? Maybe the energy that was used to power this body is now available to power a different body? Are what we experience as ghosts just echoes of left over energies, like static? In Zen Buddhism, they teach us that there is no before and after, there is only this moment and as soon as you realise it, it has already passed and you are in a new moment. However, people who have reached enlightenment or the highest state of consciousness have reported that there is no time at all and that all which exists is the connected oneness of everything and the unity of the Truth. So maybe only those who have realised and experienced this connectedness are able to shift their consciousness at the moment of death and everyone else who believes in their separate singularity ends up dying alongside their bodies.
Maybe it’s all irrelevant.