Death often gives rise to a number of doubts pertaining to life, after life and eternal life, all of which are a part of the journey of the eternal spirit soul. This spirit soul, however, is often disregarded and even confused with the soul which is a part of the subtle body.
According to spirituality, the basis of all life is the spirit soul which is a part of the Almighty Lord. It is the spirit soul that transmigrates from one body to another and gradually realizes its constitutional position in terms of its relationship with God.
The concept of hell appears in numerous religions and mythologies. According to religious beliefs, hell is a place of horror, pain, suffering, and torment meant to punish those who sin or rebel against the laws laid down by God.
Christianity explains hell as a state in which souls of the damned suffer eternally for their sins. It is also considered a place of separation from God.
“They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”
2 Thessalonians 1:9
Heaven, Paradise, or refers to a place meant for angels and souls with goods deeds who also believe in God. Needless to say, it is beyond the earthly realm.
Thus, it is believed that when a person dies, he leaves the physical body and his soul descends to Heaven based on his merit.
With Heaven, there has got to be its counterpart, that is, Hell which is meant for Satan and souls with bad deeds who do not believe in God or His authority. Hence, souls that are not fit to be transferred to Heaven are sent to Hell.
“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”
Accepting death and coping with grief of losing a loved is overwhelming. Thus, the bereaved family members need the love and support of their friends and relatives.
However, if you do not have any words to comfort the bereaved, here are some condolence, bereavement, and sympathy quotes that can be helpful. You can use these quotes on sympathy gifts and cards.
Buddhist life is chiefly centered around the concept of Nirvana (“Nibbana” in Pali), whether while living or after death.
According to the historical teaching of Lord Buddha, nirvana refers to the achievement of perfect peace of mind and freedom from identity with material phenomena.
Hinduism defines this concept as Sayujya, Yogakshemma, Brahma-upalabdhi, etc. Buddhism, like Hinduism, believes in the concept of rebirth or reincarnation which emphasizes wandering through sams?ra due to craving and ignorance.
“Where there is nothing; where naught is grasped, there is the Isle of No-Beyond. Nirvana do I call it—the utter extinction of aging and dying.”
Memorial products like urns and keepsakes help comfort the bereaved, to some extent, as they give you the opportunity to remember and relive the sweet memories and moment that you shared with the departed loved one.
Memorial gifts, also known as sympathy or condolence gifts, thus, can be useful in healing process. These gifts are usually aesthetic and thoughtful as they are meant to honor the deceased. Furthermore, when you present a condolence gift to the bereaved, it shows your support for the mourner.
Judaism values life greatly and yet does not consider death as a big calamity as it believes in an afterlife. Nevertheless, it involves mourning practices to show respect to the deceased and comfort the bereaved.
This religion originated in the Hebrew Bible. There are three large groups, denominations, or Jewish religious movements. They are: Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism, and Reform Judaism.
The Jews treat their dead with respect. They light candles next to the body of the deceased and do not leave it alone at any time, until the body is buried.
Witnessing a death, especially a traumatic or violent death like a road accident or industrial accident, can be extremely distressing and disturbing.
The incident is likely to have a lasting impact, leaving you with innumerable sleepless nights and bouts of extreme emotions.
The symptoms may manifest differently in different individuals as some may be disturbed for several days, weeks, and months but again return to normal while others may not show these symptoms in the beginning but maybe a few weeks after the incident.
Death is often feared because it is considered as the end of life. However, when you try to analyze death in the light of different religious scriptures, you will find that most religions believe in eternal life.
Christianity, for instance believes in the continued existence of the soul that is ideally meant to reach Heaven and they eternal life there in the presence of God. Islam, too, believes in this sort of afterlife of the soul in Paradise or Hell after the Day of Judgment.
Different religions and cultures greatly affect our perception and views about life and death. Consequently, bereavement and funeral practices and tend to vary from one religion to another.
Thus, although death is a universal experience, it is interpreted in numerous ways in all the cultures and religions. Consequently, there are different methods for disposing of the body of the deceased.
Religious Beliefs on Death and Dying
Christianity believes in an afterlife in Heaven or Hell depending on one’s conduct on earth and belief or disbelief in God. The believers face death without fear and gain eternal life in Heaven in the presence of God.