This Is What Happens When You Die

Is the end really the end?

Though it isn't always perfect, life is pretty darn amazing. 

Life on this planet had to overcome incredibly long odds to emerge 3.5 billion years ago, and evolution has produced over 5 billion different species in that amount of time. As humans, we are in a unique position. We don't merely live; we thrive. We are able to explore every corner of the planet and interpret our world through math, art, music, food, and dance. 

Yep, life is pretty awesome.

The most unfortunate part about it is that we don't get to be alive forever. There will come a time when each of us and every single person we've ever met will die, which is a good reason to be kind to one another during our limited time here.

The world is full of different opinions about the idea of a soul and whether or not there is an afterlife, but there's no way to say for sure which, or any, of those opinions is true. What we do know for sure is what happens to the human body after it dies. 

The series of events leading up to death vary from person to person, based on individual circumstances. But once death occurs, the events that happen in the seconds, hours, and days after are fairly consistent as there are cellular and chemical functions that do not stop until the time of death. Not to mention, our bodies are teeming with microbes that don't cease to exist just because we do.

AsapSCIENCE has broken down the incredible biology of what happens after death here:

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