"The main beliefs that emerge in the present climate seem to me of three types, none of which corresponds to Christian orthodoxy...First, some believe in complete annihilation; that is at least clean and tidy...(second) more and more people today seem to believe in some form of reincarnation....Also on the fringe of New Age ideas is a revival of the views we discovered in Shelley, a sort of low-grade, popular nature religion with elements of Buddhism. At death one is absorbed into the wider world, into the wind and the trees..." - Wright, SbH, pp9-11.
And how hopeless each of these really is when you play it out in the end. We truly are left with "eat, drink, for tomorrow we die." Thank God for Jesus and the hope of the resurrection of the body (and the world).