Death is the leaving of the soul from the body. All suffering of Man comes from the body.
Karma and rebirth are the two foundation pillars of Hinduism and Buddhism. One who does not believe in these concepts may find it difficult to understand these religions.
Pain, distress and death are part of the process of life. Proper understanding of the scriptures or a good teacher can help human beings overcome these. The phenomenon of death sets the human mind to contemplate deeply. All philosophy springs from the occurrence of death.
The Bhagavad Gita, Kathopanishad and Chhandogya Upanishad speak volumes on this subject. Death is a subject to reflect and to seek the ultimate Truth, the Eternal Brahman.
The body begins a new journey after the process of death. The soul throws off the body, just like a garment that is worn out to be discarded. The soul goes through many journeys, through many bodies and lives to gain wisdom and finally merge with the Brahman.
According to Hinduism, life is just one constant, never-ending procedure. Changes are only of the surroundings and environment. The soul is infinite. It takes different forms based on their past actions.