I know all the standard Buddhist answers to why we fear death, and why we should not.
I'm wondering if anyone has any personal practices or bits of wisdom though they've picked up regarding this fear.
Throughout my life i've had bouts of depression that basically manifest in one way or another as a fear of death, sometimes stuff bordering on hypochondria, sometimes just a very pronounced, ridiculous level of fatalism.
I've tried various therapy modalities over the years..the conclusion I came to is that the best of them (for me at least) was EMDR, which really is just a form of insight meditation, so I pretty much gave on modern psychology as help, because the modalities that seemed to help were usually just meditation dressed in modern clothes. Daily practice keeps it at bay, yet I know the fear makes me more self-centered, and interferes with daily life some.
Anyway, it's an odd thing, it's like a loop going in my head constantly. At times i'm able to disregard it, but at other times it's hard to ignore.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen