Thought I could add a different point of view to this. Being a dialysis patient, I am faced with death at least 3 times a week. I have to walk in to a center, have two very large needles stuck into two very large veins, and sit still for 4 hours every other day. It is a great possiblility that something can go wrong every single treatment i have i.e. blood pressure crashing, severe bleeding, or air in the lines going into my body.
Training in aikido and shinkendo help me to "focus" my thoughts and my life, in lack of a better way to put it. I have to have faith that the nurses and techs can do their job satisfactorily, just as you need to have faith in your training, or your eternal of choice. One of my favorite quotes from O'Sensei is "Do not look upon the world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer"
I think if we can all just go with the flow, we can face whatever comes our way...even death.
Sorry for the long windedness
Peace and Prayers