My wife asked me with a curious look why I would even take such a picture. I responded that there are many beautiful things to take pictures of, that I enjoy as much as the next person. However we tend to want to ignore the other, less glamorous side of life.
Death itself has never bothered me, guess that what I get growing up around two morticians and a homicide detective. Also working a cattle ranch in my teenage years taught me the whole "Circle of Life" thing.
I have faith that life continues on after this life and while I do not relish dying and leaving behind those that I love, it does not scare me.