Dear Max

There are lots of important parts in your body that must work if you are to stay alive. If one of them stops functioning (or doesn't work well enough) then the rest of your body can't go on working and you die.

Of course some things can keep on going for a bit longer without the rest of your body working. Exactly what happens depends on the cause of death.

But here are the main things that happen, usually...

That's it, as far as your body is concerned (except your finger nails, toenails and hair may keep growing for a while).

But perhaps I haven't answered your question. Do you mean: What happens to the real me after my body dies?

There are lots of different opinions about this.

Yours sincerely 

Virginia R. Claire

read the question in the original letter