An atheist user named Earfetish wrote this to me on the subject of dying without an afterlife:
"It's gonna happen anyway. It's pretty good to accept the finality of death because it makes life more precious and special and important.
Loads of things could've gone wrong for me not to be here, like it was a fucking long shot as a sperm, and it was a long shot for my mum and dad too, and for some woman who lived thousands of years ago, but one day I was conceived, and later born, and got the insanely lucky chance to experience life, and intelligent life no less. Out of phenomenal chance, I occurred, and between two long voids of nothingness, I got to look around and appreciate the world; I got to eat food and drink beer and smoke weed and trip and look at beautiful scenery and beautiful women, I got to feel pain and lust and love and desperation and agony and depression, I got to take a massive shit that I needed, have sex, wank, feel pleasure and shame, listen to music, and do so many crazy things that are fucking fantastic.
Also, I was lucky enough to have been born in 1988, where I could get everything on demand, and the chances are that when I die life will be even more amazing. I get to be a human, in 2007, on the internet, drinking beer and listening to death metal, and I even get to go on a plane and go to New York and Malaysia and go to concerts and do pretty much anything I want.
It may well be that the only reason that I think the Earth is so good is because my species has evolved in line with the Earth's features and therefore appreciate the Earth, but that's all thanks to the majesty of evolution, and that's a concept many atheists hold dear to their heart, as it is pretty fascinating.
I am aware that I have only got this one shot, and I was very lucky for getting it because it was sheer chance, but here I am, fucking madly fortunately, like beyond belief, and when I die that's it all over, so I've got a phenomenal appreciation for every moment, really, wasted or not, at least it was experienced.
I see why you'd feel good thinking that God put you here and will take you back, or you were reincarnated and you live forever, but it's like you're missing so much out of life. And you really do only get the one, and you're lucky if you get more than 70 years.
You'd be lucky if you got more than 6 years if you lived a few centuries ago, too." - (Source)
I like being an atheist and that essay even helped me at least somewhat. I'm not against religion like Christianity, even though I have problems with Christianity in particular. (That goes for some of its people like those who protect pedophile rapists in order to keep the religion's dignity.) Religion is good for making people positive and having them find meaning in their lives. I dunno. I'm being a wishful thinker, right now, since I haven't bothered with the negative aspects of religion itself.