We do not usually realize how fragile our human life really is. Death may come unexpectedly. And when it strikes, what will be the state of your spiritual development? How much of your unwholesome qualities would continue to weigh you down in your next life? How much of your wholesome qualities would lift you onto a higher plane? The Buddha, in this sutta, encourages us to contemplate death mindfully. That way, we can develop a sense of spiritual urgency, evaluate our spiritual progress, and make effort towards diligent practice on the path. Being mindful of death brings benefits to us in the present life, at the point of dying, and after death. What are these benefits?