This body-mind functions, the vital breath is present... but what really is this body-mind?
Peel back the concepts and words - stay with the wordless, thought-less actuality of what is this body-mind and see that it is merely sensations in awareness, happening NOW. Sensations of pressure, of movement, of sound... it's a flowing of these perceptions which, when the mind is used, seems to be solid and persisting. It is formed of the elements, which themselves are nothing but emptiness, energy which creates the form from formlessness.
We must make use of time to tie it all together - yesterday this body was sick, today it's better. This concept of change is only valid if we recall a minute ago, an hour ago, yesterday, last year, 20 years ago. This constant reference in time is false.
So what will this body be tomorrow, next year? Is this really a valid question? Don't we miss what the body actually IS in preference for what we want or fear for this body? What is really lost in death? Only the sensations? Only the appearance which is already false, already an illusion?
This body, and all other bodies, is already dead - bereft of beingness, missing that important principle which we've assumed it has - some separately-existing "being" bound within it's borders. The body-mind is a facade - a character in a play - acting according to the conditioning and programming it's received - functioning AS this life force, AS this intelligence energy - not holding or containing a separate entity but itself part of the whole of the universe, of nature, of God.
When the body-mind dies, nothing really happens. In the appearance, the livingness, the energy simply moves into another form, takes shape of various bacteria and organisms which eat away at the rotting corpse. Life lives through life - where can it possibly go except into itself?
The True Self is beyond - that beingness which includes but surpasses the limited, temporary body-mind appearance, that simply watches this body-mind come and go, falling away like a leaf in autumn. The leaf returns to the ground and that life force spreads back into the appearance as naturally as it came.
We're afraid of Death because we are attached to the temporary, relative appearance, bound by the concept of the separate "person". What you are cannot die because it was never born, never took up residence inside this bag of skin... what you are is the basis for the appearance of birth and death - it all appears to come and go within the reflection. What you are is NOT the body-mind - it ceases to function but who is there to be concerned?
Birth and Death happen NOW - there is nowhere outside of NOW that it can happen, for NOW is all there ever is. The body-mind which can possibly die is only a creation within the dream, a bundle of identifications and labels, a reference to a past and future which simply do not exist. Simply let go of the illusion of Death, of the dream - see it as it is, not what the mind has created and imagines.
And even "letting go" belongs to the dream.