Geoffrey Miller (psychologist) has an eloquent view of how secular humanists might face death. Its in this year’s answer to the Edge question “what are you optimistic about”. Its on page 4.

I mean a death that shows a gutsy, scientifically informed existential courage in the face of personal extinction. I mean a death that shows the world that we secular humanists really mean it.

The question is how one’s cortex faces death. Does it collapse in mortal terror like a deflated soufflé? Or does it face the end of individual consciousness with iron-clad confidence in the persistence of virtually identical consciousnesses in other human bodies?