Being curious animals, we like to speculate on what happens after we die. There are several ways people try to answer this intriguing question.
Some educated people (and that is a lot of people) nix the question, won’t talk about it. Annihilation at death is a foregone conclusion. In contrast, some educated and a lot of uneducated people belong to faith traditions that firm up their belief in an afterlife.
Then there’s a tiny minority of individuals that try to use rational methods to determine whether our consciousness goes on after death. The method here is to collect stories that lead one to infer that somebody’s mind survived bodily death—tales of reincarnation, mediumship, apparitions, near-death experiences, and so forth.