“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
No matter how well we care for our bodies, they eventually wear down, give out, and we all will someday face death. Yet if there’s anything to be learned from looking at the physical Universe, there’s no reason to expect that death is truly the end.
Every time a star runs out of fuel and dies, no matter what type of star it is or what fate it suffers, there’s always a new chance for both new stars and new life to arise from it. From stars resulting in the most massive supernovae to the smallest red dwarfs, the death of these objects is only a single step along a cosmic journey that began long before any stars existed and will continue long after the Universe ceases to resemble what we know today.