I think about this a lot, Maggie, how people die and their matter feeds something else to keep it alive...other life forms do arise because of you, but it is hard to conceive of never having consciousness again.
Sort of like how if things were a little bit off (if your parents "had a headache" one night or something) you wouldn't be alive. They might have had a kid some other time but it wouldn't be you.
Yeah. People cant' help how they feel. Although to top off the existential angst, I also think about how I don't have any real problems, which makes it even worse.