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A spinoff from an earlier discussion that touched but did not cover the afterlife. I hope we can all try to be civil, and remember that on metaphysical issues, nobody can force you to believe differently. It eventually boils down to personal beliefs, but what those beliefs are is interesting.
For myself, being a firm atheist, I see very little that says there is an afterlife. Indeed, the findings in neuroscience speak rather strongly for the concept that if there is an afterlife, it is very different from what it is usually described as. See, neurological damage such as a stroke will destroy functions of the brain as brain tissue dies. Someone could lose the ability to form sentences, their awareness of sight, or the ability to recognize faces. And so on. It is possible that there is some core to us that doesn't correspond to areas in the brain, but if so, we have not found it yet. In a very real sense, it seems the brain is all we are, and just as much can be lost.
I see this life as the one I have. When I die, I am gone. I have no fear of punishment or hope of a reward. The rewards, as it were, have to come in this life to be relevant. As a corollary, too, something doesn't need to be eternal to be important. I do not fear death. I just hope that when it comes, it goes quickly, and that my loved ones will be able to move on.