-- but a conscious person falling asleep, to be awoken later (how much sooner or later could be debated separately), isn't the same thing as them not existing any more is it? To me, that would be the ultimate death -- to be obliterated into nothing, into a non-entity. As long as a person continues to exist, asleep or not, in hell or heaven or wherever, they are still a personal part of reality. Physical death is just passing from one phase of existence (or life) into the next; not a cessation of a personal being.
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