Thoughts of death make people not want to die. "Thinking about death is known to have many psychological impacts. These impacts protect us from the fear of leaving this world. 'We try to forget most of the time that we are mortal,' said researcher Jessica Tracy of the University of British Columbia. 'It's impossible to forget, it's real, it's out there, it becomes harder and harder to deny that.' Often fear of death is tempered by a religious belief in the afterlife or the soul... belief that life is guided by a creator is enough to help dull this fear of mortality, Tracy said. "