What happens when we pass away? Depending on your spiritual and religious beliefs, there are many theories. The ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife, and their pyramids and lavish tombs are a testament of this. Other cultures and religious sects have their own unique practices, and many make decisions with the intentions of securing an existence in the afterlife. No matter what you believe, one thing is for sure: life on earth will continue after you pass. As a result, many use estate planning tools to help ensure that what they have worked so hard for in this life will be passed on according to their wishes.