The difference is that the children’s fear of darkness comes from the horror stories they hear while the human beings’ fear of death springs from the tales of pain of a dying person.
Taking death as a punishment for one’s sins and as means of entering into another world constitute religious view of death.
The painful experiences described by the Monks in their books are related to the tortures they impose upon themselves with the aim to purify their souls.
Seneca is of the view that the conditions of death along with the rituals attached with it make the death more horrible than it actually is.
The moaning of a dying person, transformations in his body, paling of his face and the mourning of his relatives are the facts which make death to appear more horrible than it would have been otherwise.