How scary is old age? – http://wp.me/p6OkkY-xt
As I have had to deal with empty nest and becoming a Grand, I also think about the next step in the progression. In Erickson’s psychosocial development, this stage is the generative stage, “… the concern of guiding the next generation,” of leaving something that will outlast us. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erikson%27s_stages_of_psychosocial_development
As a nurse, I have had the privilege of witnessing some pretty amazing deaths, and some pretty frustrating ones. I think the difference is not just what the dying person believes, but how supportive the family is.
Old age is scary because it is as you say, the fear of the unknown. Ultimately every person has to make that hard journey alone. Wow! Did that sound morbid. I am a pragmatist, a realist. Not something I look forward to, for sure. Writing definitely helps us get a handle on our feelings, to process them, and to finally quit obsessing about them.
This blogger touches on this subject in a way that makes sense to me.