"To people who know but little Dharma, death seems something strange, something never before experienced. And because of this at least such people fear death. The question is, do we have need to fear death, or not? And if not, then why not? The answer here depends on the actions of individual people. Some people will have cause to fear dying, others will have no cause. What are the causes, which bring about the fear of death, and what are the causes which lead to a peaceful death?"
Preparing for your last breath
Laurence – Khantipalo.
Lots of information on preparing for death, dying and after death, from the Buddhist Dharma Education Association.