Separated by religion, united by loss.

As we all know religion plays a very important role in our society, well for some at least. Religion is the major factor of separation between different cultures. In the West the laws are set based on ethical vies and ones rights. In the Middle East most laws are influenced and based on religious laws. However, the one time that different cultures seem to be united or display similar attributes is during burial or funeral periods.

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We may all have different customs of burial and how things are taken care of, but depending on the county as to wear the body is to be buried those rituals may have to be adjusted to suite social norms. Every religion has a certain set of rules they follow when dealing and taking care of the deceased, from body preparation for burial to the way in which prayers are conducted.

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Some people use religion to instigate conflict, when really religion is peaceful and beneficial. Statistics show that religious individuals accept and cope with death a lot better than ones that don’t practice it as much. Religion teaches us that like everything in life things must end, and there is nothing better than accepting ones fate, whereas people that don’t turn to religion ever so often have a harder time accepting and coping with grief.

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Some people use religion to instigate conflict, when really religion is peaceful and beneficial. Statistics show that religious individuals accept and cope with death a lot better than ones that don’t practice it as much. Religion teaches us that like everything in life things must end, and there is nothing better than accepting ones fate, whereas people that don’t turn to religion ever so often have a harder time accepting and coping with grief.

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When families and individuals are affected by terminal illness, it is merely a test from god and at no point in time should any form of suicide be accepted. People may argue that it is unethical to allow an individual to suffer with illness when there is a way out. But that raises the question of “If god wanted an easy way out for you, why would he put you in the situation in the first place?” When families go through difficult times together it toughens the bond between members, it may also break the bond between them. Life after all is a test, it’s the afterlife that we should look forward to.

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2 thoughts on “Separated by religion, united by loss.

  1. “If god wanted an easy way out for you, why would he put you in the situation in the first place?” I absolutely love this. It is almost exactly how I have been trying to describe my feelings toward physician assisted suicide and euthanasia too. I believe that everything happens for a reason. As well as God’s plans are bigger and better than our own. It is hard as anything to believe sometimes. But in the end he never fails to prove it. Going back to what you said in the quote it brings me to what I always think, and a quote I have seen online so many times “God would never bring you to something he didn’t think you could handle.” Love your insight on this subject, I couldn’t agree more.

  2. Too often, people focus on our differences instead of the things that unite us! Good post!

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