Concept Of Heaven

Concept Of Heaven

People normally describe heaven as a ‘high place’, the holiest place and Paradise. So, it commonly relates to where our spirit may go when we die. It may be a universal belief  that the conditional access may be as per various definitive divinity. So far, it may be goodness and other beliefs or simple divinity too.

So, people often say things like, ‘they have gone to their final reward’, or ‘our loved ones are in a better place’. Thus, it may be a universal consensus that heaven is where God lives. The belief is that this is where God rules. It is also the place from where God’s blessings flow. So, no one knows where God’s heaven is. However, many people believe it is a place of peace and rest. Thus far, it is a place where there is no sickness, pain or death. In fact, this is a common view that believers of heaven share.

Buddhists Beliefs

Buddhists believe in a form of life after death. Thus far, in Buddism, samasara is the belief in the cycle of death and rebirth. So, their ultimate goal is to escape from samasara to achieve nirvana, and end to suffering. So, a person achieves eventual enlightment through practicing good karma.

Buddhists strong belief in karma or intentional actions achieve nirvana. So, they believe that through good actions like ethical conduct and to develop wisdom they may gain enlightenment. Thus, they secure a better future for themselves. Good actions will result in a better rebirth, while bad actions will have the opposite effect.

However, Buddhists may not believe in heaven or hell as most people typically understand them. The Buddhist afterlife does not involve a god sending someone to a specific realm based on whether they’re a sinner.

Christian Views  

Christian belief about heaven describes as eternity in God’s presence. Thus, heaven is the eventual aim for all Christians so their soul may be reunited with God.

Thus far, different cultures and people within them may respond in various ways. Often, their views may be conflicting about life after death. While for some, these questions may be deeply rooted in the view of reward for the good deeds. Thus far, these common ideologies may not assure contemporary agreement on the nature and even existence of heaven or hell. So, in the Gospels, Christ often describes and teaches about heaven using parables, like the Mustard Seed and the Pearl.

Islamic Heaven Views 

Quran describes heaven as a beautiful garden. In fact, it describes as ‘garden of pleasure’. So, those who have been good go to Jannah, which is Paradise. Thus far, Muslims believe they may get access to Jannah by living a religious life and to ask Allah for forgiveness.

So, before Muslims go to Jannah, they go to Barzakh. It is where souls wait for the Judgement Day. Hence, it is a place which divides the living from the dead. So, Allah judges the soul after this stage. Thus far, Muslims accept the consequences of their lifetime behaviour according to the judgement.

Islamic belief is that there are seven levels of heaven. A different prophet reside in each heaven. So, each heaven is made of different material. Thus far, the first heaven is made of silver. Adam and Eve live in this heaven. Abraham, lives in the seventh heaven which is made of divine light.

Hindu Beliefs about Heaven

Hindu belief is that the heaven and hell look like our mother earth. The key difference in the phase of heaven is that you have bliss while the hell phase is full of misfortune. So, Hinduism considers Swarga Lok as heaven. The soul, according to its karma recycles in different living forms. Hence, this cycle may be broken after the soul achieves Moksha or Nirvana.

Moksha, is a state of wisdom that one achieves only through a series of good deeds. Thus far, it carries over from one life to another. Once the soul achieves Moksha, there is no more reincarnation, thus no more suffering. So, the eventual self-realisation comes into focus during the lifetime.

Hindus believe the individual soul is immortal. So, it is never dies. Thus far, it has always been, it is, and it will be in future. Thus, the actions of the soul while residing in a body is subject to reap the consequences of the actions in the next life. Hence, it is the same soul in a different body.

Importance Of Tribute

Importance Of Tribute

The death of a person you love may change our lives forever. Thus far, the journey from the ‘before’ to the ‘after’ is distressing and often longer than you like. To heal, it is not possible to skirt around the edges of our grief. So, we must walk through it. The journey may include meandering the side roads and sometimes direct into the tender areas of grief.

The beginning of a healthy grief journey is a healing. It is a meaningful and personal funeral service. So, when you plan a funeral, consider meeting the emotional needs of family and friends. Allow everyone to mourn. Hence, the more personal you make the funeral service, the more meaningful it will be. Thus far, one of the most effective ways to personalise a funeral is with a tribute or memorial.

Tribute

So, there is an opportunity to share their life by creating a tribute. It may be an excellent means to observe the uniqueness of your loved one. Thus far, you may capture the moments, the milestones and the worthwhile events. You may have the options to use photographs, audio and video clips or their favourite quotes. Thus far, you may choose many more to make a respectful and fitting tribute to your loved one. When you do this, it helps to include others into your loved one’s life. Hence, it helps spark your own memories. In fact, it adds a meaningful aspect to the service.

So, it is the personal tributes to the exclusive life and relationship of the deceased person that makes funerals most meaningful. You may want to use favourite songs with the photos or utilise other features to make it memorable. It is an excellent opportunity to invite mourners to engage their emotions, acknowledge the pain of loss and to remember the loved one. Hence, it allows everyone time to reflect on the memories.

Comforting Family Members 

A well-prepared tribute may showcase the life of your loved one. Thus, it provides a respectful element to the service. It helps to provide comforts to the surviving family members, friends and colleagues. It may become a treasured possession like an article of clothing or a photograph. So, in grieving moments, when you need to feel close to your loved one tributes are helpful. It helps you to remember their life. Thus far, a video clip may be more memorable.

In fact, a tribute video may be a simple, however meaningful memento for family and friends. Thus, at some funeral services the mourners are encouraged to take a token in remembrance of the loved one. Such action allows an association between each mourner with one they have lost. Thus far, it provides an opportunity to continue to relive and cherish the memories. 

Memorable Tribute

A memorable tribute is a respectful and meaningful way to celebrate the life of the deceased. It may help those at the service grieve too. Thus, it is often a speech given at a funeral or memorial service. It is normally by someone close to the person who died.

So, a memorial tribute may include a brief life history, personal interests or hobbies, anecdotes and favourite quotes. It may be the emotions of the moment, so a good preparation is important. To give a written compliment is an opportunity to share and value good things about your loved one. So, you may write about the accomplishments, and to tell about their unique charisma. Thus, include the funny moments you shared. A little research is always helpful to prepare a respectful tribute.

It may remind us each one of us leads a life of exclusive interest and value in life. Furthermore, that each one is unique with special gifts. Thus far, a tribute, rekindles the person in our imagination. So, it gives us all something to remember. It’s a way to show gratitude through the help of certain traits and memories.

In reality, it is often difficult to write compliments. Especially when the time is limited, and emotions are high. It may be stressful time because you may have to write a eulogy, make funeral arrangements and help other family members. Moreover, you may go through your own grief too.

Dealing With Intense Sadness After A Death

Dealing With Intense Sadness After A Death

When you lose a loved one, the feelings of sadness and sorrow is natural. At times it can be overwhelming. While you may recognise the feeling to be normal, it may seem that you can only handle so much. Thus far, you know that you want to stop crying and your heart wants to heal. However, healing may not be an easy undertaking. It is fortunate that there are several things you can learn to live through the emotional pains.

Losing A Loved One

There are many reasons why it is so hard losing a loved one. Firstly, you miss them because they were your real-life companion. Thus far, it does affect your daily routine. So, now that they are no more, you need to adjust to a new lifestyle. You may have difficulty to imagine doing things without them. So, you may need to go to places without them too. If they were your spouse, it makes it even more challenging.

Thus far, you may need to take care of incomplete business. It may be out of your comfort zone because you may not have done it ever before or in a while. So, this complicates the matte even more. You are facing many other challenging issues while finding yourself dealing with the sadness and sorrow.

Grief Signs

The grief and sorrow after losing a loved one may show up in many other ways. So, they may seem complicated feelings of anger, loneliness, anxiety, sadness or guilt. While your thinking may be complex, it is normal. Hence, you may have difficulty to concentrate. So, you may engross about losing a loved one.

Thus, it is common to feel physical symptoms of your grief. It may be a fast heartbeat, short of breath, feel tired, headaches, stomach aches and hyperventilate. You may also feel dizzy, feel weakness or heaviness in your chest or throat. So, you may experience weight loss too. Some people experience behaviour changes and others may cry much more often than normal. There may be a loss of interests in doing things that were enjoyable to you. Thus far, there may be difficulty to sleep and you may be restless.

Grief Is Roller Coaster 

Thus far, grief may be as roller coaster. So rather than a series of phases, you may think of grieving process full of ups and downs. It may have its highs and lows. Hence, like many roller coasters, in the beginning the ride appears to be rougher. So, the lows may be profound and protracted.

As time goes by, the difficult periods will become less intense and shorter. However, it takes time to work through a loss of a loved one. So, even after years of a loss, we may experience a strong sense of grief. This is especially profound at family events like a wedding or birth of a child.

The Grief Stages 

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a psychiatrist, introduced the ‘five stages of grief’ in 1969. These stages of grief have been the result of her research of the feelings of people facing terminal illness. However, many people generalise them to other types of negative life changes and losses. These include a break up or death of a loved one.

Thus far, the five stages of grief are:

Denial: One may experience ‘this can’t be happening to me’.

Anger: You may experience difficulty to rationalise ‘why is this happening’. Thus, may look at who to blame.

Bargaining: One may rationalise such as ‘make this not happen to me, and in return I will….’.

Depression: It may lead the person into depression. So, the person may take refuge in ‘I’m to sad to do anything’.

Acceptance: The person accepts the reality, ‘I’m at peace with what happens’.

If you experience any of these emotions after a loss, it is normal reaction. It helps to know this is natural and you will feel over time. Thus far, not everyone who grieves may go through these phases. It’s okay, it’s natural. Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, each stage is not important to heal. In fact, many people may find solution to their grief without going through any of these stages. Moreover, if you experience going through these phases of grief, it probably may not be in a subsequent order. So, there is nothing to worry about.

Grieving Process

So, grieving process is necessary part of life. There are many ways to help cope with the misery. One has to come to terms with the grief. Thus far, find a way to pick up the pieces and eventually move on with life. So, you should acknowledge your pain and accept that grief may provoke many different emotions. The grieving process will be unique to you. Thus, understand and accept this. You may reach out for a face-to-face support from people who care. So far, you should take care of yourself physically and support yourself emotionally.  Try to know and recognise the difference between grief and depression.

Conquer Death

Conquer Death

Death is the only thing mankind has not been able to conquer. So far, it remains uncertain as to when and how it may happen. However, everyone will die one day.

Thus far, a dying person who is conscious may know that they are on the verge of dying. It claims that some people may feel enormous pain for hours before death. Others may die in seconds without much pain. Thus far, the awareness of death is much more pronounced in people with terminal illness. A sign of approaching death is the person may exclaim for breath. It is because of ‘air hunger’. Hence, they may have noisy secretions when breathing. Breathing air or inhalation requires muscular effort.

Death Prediction

It is difficult to predict death. In fact, doctors accept that it is difficult to predict when a person may entre the last stage of their life. So, it is hard to tell what a dying person experience too. Thus far, that ‘secret’ goes with them.

However, what about the survivors of a near death situation. They should know what it feels like when they may be about to die? So, what do they experience? Researchers had asked cardiac arrest survivors in a survey. The research was conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom and Austria. These people had cessation of breathing and heartbeat. Hence, a near death experience.

Near Death Experience

A total of 39 percent of survivors claims they were feeling some type of consciousness during the resuscitation. Thus far, the feeling was peaceful with a sensation that time slows down or speeds up. So, a total of 13 percent had an experience that there was a separation between them and their bodies. In fact, only 2 percent were fully conscious of what was happening to them during the resuscitation procedure.

Last Stages

So far, it may be difficult to see a loved one in the last stages of their life. You may notice a few changes in those who are near and dear to you. There are a few things that you may do to comfort them. So, one of the first signs is loss of appetite. In the final days of life, a person often refuses to eat food. Thus far, eat less and may stop drinking water too.

Another noticeable thing is excessive sleeping. Thus, they have difficulty waking up. This is because their metabolism slows down. So, when near to death the person may sleep longer hours than usual. Thus far, it’s okay. You should let them sleep and let them get up whenever they want. So, when they get up, you may reassure them to get up and walk around a little.

Since activity decreases in the final phase, tiredness normally worsens. Thus, the person experiences lethargy. In addition to this, they may speak less and restrict their movements. Thus far, they confine themselves to bed until the end of life. It may be best not to force them to move around. Hence, allow them, to do that when they please. So far, you may help them with their intent.

Losing Interest

Leading up to the final days, a person minimises socialising. They may stop talking to others. Hence, they spend less time with people around them. So, they will find a way to stay alone. It’s perfect okay to let them be the way they want to be. You may remind them of happy memories to cheer them up. However, don’t force them to speak. Let them be.

So far, you may notice a state of confusion, irritation and restlessness. This may lead to agitation with the slightest reason too. It is a condition in the final phase of life that is known as terminal restlessness.

It is common that the person may hallucinate. They may hear dreamlike sounds and may see images or people that may not be present. Thus far, you may calm them down with soothing music or offering a hug. Use reassuring words that may provide comfort.

Vital Parameters

There is a huge shift in their vital parameters when hours away from their death. So, the heart rate becomes irregular and slow. The blood pressure lowers itself and the body temperature may drop. Thus, you may feel hand and feet gets cold.

So, the muscles and nervous system of the person weakens considerably close to death. Furthermore, you will notice the breathing pattern changes. Thus, it may become erratic and noisy. It may often stop for few seconds and restart again. It is common in the final days of life.

Thus far, when a person is moments away from death, they may become unconscious. It may be almost impossible and difficult to awaken them in this state. They may possibly hear you because hearing is the last sense to go. However, they may never be in a state to wake up again.

Islamic Views Of Good Death

Islamic Views Of Good Death

Death scenes play out every single minute of every day globally. Despite facing death since the beginning of mankind, the human race is really bad at dying. So, the odds may be that most people reading this article may pass away in an undesirable manner. We may be taken to a hospital, despite there may be no benefit to do so. One may pass away in an ambulance or in emergency department. Thus far, maybe with tubes put down our throats and needles in our arms. Medics may surround us to plan what to do next. Eventually they break the news to the family of passing away. So, the family will be in a shock. It maybe despite all signs leading towards this for months. 

Good Death

So far, death is difficult at the best of times. Often, the preventable complications may make it more annoying and distressful. While we don’t talk about ‘good death’ much, there is such a thing. The very term ‘good death’ appears the like eventual oxymoron. So, what may be good about death? In fact, regards any bad news, death is the worst that may happen to someone.

So, people who come across death often may tell you that there are good and bad deaths. Thus far, the former creates unified medical speciality, Palliative Care to facilitate.

Islamic perspective of a good death is that when the person dies with Allah pleased with the person. So, the person may be engaged in good deed or at a pious time. While no one knows who may be in possession of divine favour, it is known that the Prophet mentions certain times, modes and places of death has significance. For example, people who died in the dreadful tunnel collapse of 1990 were comforted by the fact that they died on holy land. They were on pilgrimage.

Muslim View

Thus far, common held Muslim view of a good death is lacking. However, it almost revolves around the mystifying relationship between Allah and the deceased. So, often it may disrespect more practical materialistic aspects.

So, a good death describes as a person passing away as peacefully as possible. The death may happen according to their wishes or in accordance to ethical, culture and religious standards. Thus far, it would include painless death. Generally, the preference is for a person to be dying at home, hospital or hospice. Thus, they would be surrounded by the loved ones. In fact, the majority of the people may die in the opposite way on a daily basis.

How To Achieve A Good Death 

Like distribution of pearls of wisdom waiting for us, inspiration is dispersed throughout the life of the Prophet. While it may look complicated, there are many ways to achieve a good death. So, we need to prepare and think about it. It needs to be empowering rather than apathy. Hence, it needs to be less of a taboo. So, the Prophet was the master of it. He used to think about death most of the time. Thus, he encouraged others to do the same. There was never any accusation of him being morbid. The teachings reminded often, the ‘destroyer of pleasures’ too. 

So, by talking about death in a polite way, we often remove it from sole discussions of the Imam or the mosque. In fact, it may mean taking children to a funeral. Thus, talking to family and friends about funeral arrangement maybe mutually beneficial. So, to remember death, may help you plan it.

Warning Time 

The first discussion that people have about an impending death is a warning shot. It is most difficult discussion. Thus far, it is to deliver the bad news an organised process. It helps those affected with a lesser impact. Doctors and medical staff are trained to do this. They lower their voice, ask the patient if they want anyone with them and generally appear concerned. Thus, they may convey the warning shot. It may be a simple ‘I am sorry, I have bad news’. Then they may give time for the patient to absorb before they deliver the bad news.  

It has occurred in hindsight with Allah giving the Prophet many warning shots. Thus far, it was a clear message that his life was nearing to a close. Initially, Jibreel took the Prophet through the Quran twice. Usually it is only once for Ramadan reviews. Further to this Allah reveals that religion is perfect thereby makes the role of the prophet complete. In view of this, the Prophet passes on these warning shots to his community at every opportunity.

Care Choice

So far, the death location where a person dies is not a thing that everyone can choose. While most people prefer to die a natural death at home, this may not be able to achieve. Hence, the truth is that mostly we are more comfortable to think about the hotel in which they stayed during a holiday. It may have been years ago. So far, memory may be vivid. The thought should be where we would like to see our final days or minutes. It is the sad truth.

So, the Prophet’s concern was about where he would be during the final sickness. Therefore, he asked his wives multiple times ‘Where shall I stay tomorrow?’ Hence, the wives realised that he wanted to choose where he wanted to stay. So far, it was habit to switch rooms every evening. He eventually chose for himself the room of Aisha.

Funeral Pyre

Funeral Pyre

A pyre is a framework, mostly made of wood. Thus far, people refer to it as a funeral pyre. It is made for burning a body as part of a funeral rite. Pyre is an ancient Greek word. So, a body may place upon or under the pyre which is then set on fire.  

Funeral pyres have been around the worlds throughout history. So, during the Bronze age, funeral pyres were in use in the modern-day Dublin. It was a part of funeral practices. Norse or Viking used pyres. Their aim was to create large amounts of smoke. The belief was that it would help them to the afterlife.

Pyre History 

So, the funeral pyre is an outdoor method of cremation. The belief is that funeral pyres first came into use about 800 BC, by the ancient Greeks. So far, funeral pyres have been in use throughout history. Thus far, some cultures continue to use them today. The pyre forms a part of a funeral service to manage the final rites. It may help people to dispose of the deceased person.

The family may scatter or bury the ashes. Some may choose to place them in an urn after the pyre ritual concludes. Thus far, it may vary. It may depend on religious or cultural beliefs. So, it may depend on the wishes of the deceased person too. Normally it may take up to five hours for the body to become ashes. Funeral pyres often reach up to 800 degrees Celsius.

Pyres Around The World 

Although many people relate a funeral pyre with Hindu cremation in India, this cremation method was used by many cultures. Thus far, many Hindus, mainly those living in various regions may not use funeral pyres. They may use other means for their end of life ceremonies. So, most cultures especially in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia use funeral pyres today.

Funeral pyres were a status symbol during ancient times in Denmark. Pyres would be huge, often accompanied by firecrackers and gifts. It would use foliage with exclusive scents used with the pyre. So, it would incite all the senses of the mourners. Thus far, funeral pyres were crucial ritual in Denmark for thousands of years.

In ancient Rome, they carried the deceased to a funeral pyre outside of the city. After the body was burned down, the remains were buried. So, some may choose to store ashes in an ornamental container. Hence, for ancient Romans, having a funeral pyre was a sign of wealth. Sometimes, the poverty-stricken Romans were cremated on someone else’s pyre.

Thus far, Nordic countries have used funeral pyres too. So, they connect funeral pyres with Viking funerals.

Environmental Concerns

Funeral pyres face scrutiny as people investigate burial and cremation methods. Thus far, it is in view to determine if it is friendly to the environment. It is a fact that these ceremonies have been in use throughout history. However, others argue 50 to 60 million trees are cut down every year in India. Furthermore, it concerns the environmentalist with the amount of ash deposit in rivers. Hence, in India they should use more environmentally friendly methods. So, it may be interesting to see these ideas come to fruition sooner than later.

Death In Different Cultures

We all live and die. So, death is the same in all cultures. The cycle of death and birth is the same. Hence, how we view death and rituals are different. Thus far, all beliefs and rituals may be right in its own culture. So, there are other ways of grieving too.

The funeral ceremonies may take place in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple. It may be led by a priest, rabbit or a celebrant. They all include prayers to help the soul of the deceased.

Asian views on death is diverse. It makes up to 30 percent of the earth and accounts for 60 percent of the population. So far, many cultures and religions like Hindu, Islam, Buddhist and Confucianist.

Death – Celebration Of Life

Death – Celebration Of Life

Today, most families look to a service that celebrates the life of their loved ones. So, a celebration of life service is a form of end of life ceremony. Celebration of life are normally happening after the physical remains have been taken care of through cremation or burial. Thus far, people may get together to honour the unique lifestyle of the deceased.

Since the celebration of life take place after the funeral service, it provides more time to plan the event. Hence, you make the decisions. So, you may decide as to how you may want to celebrate the life of your loved one.

Funeral Vs Celebration Of Life 

A funeral service is more of a ritual. Thus, it is more to do with the orderly. It may often be religiously defined passage of the loved one from one social status to another. Whereas, celebration of life involves more of telling the stories of the deceased. So far, it is interesting that funerals and celebration of life may have so much in common. However, they often turn out very different.

Thus far, both are a collection of family and friends to share a common loss. They are both, ceremonies to share the loss of a loved one. Whereas one is more entrenched in tradition and the other focus on the changes in social values. The both serve to help and support the grieving family or the community.

Traditional Funerals

Funerals have been around since ancient times. In fact, the first known burial ritual was performed more than 50,000 years ago. So, it is these funeral rituals that people refer to as traditional funeral. It a more sombre event. Thus far, the service may include the visitation, funeral service and the committal service may perform at the graveside. Thus far, we recognise this funeral type easily.

The visitation or viewing is often prior to the funeral. So, it may be the night before. However, it may be on the same day too. It is a period of time where people may gather to support the family. More importantly they may pay their respects to the deceased.

Thus far, funeral service is mostly take place in a funeral home or church. Traditionally a funeral service is led by a priest of a celebrant. So, there is a fairly predictable order of activities. The service may include readings, singing of hymns and prayers.

So, the committal service take place at the cemetery. It often happens after a respectful motorcade procession from the funeral service place. Committal service may include several of the same activities that is seen in the funeral service. It often ends as the coffin is lowered into the grave. Thus, the final prayers are recited.

Life Celebrations 

A celebration of life concerns with telling of the life stories of the loved one. So, it is the moment in time when people may gather to reflect on the particular personality traits and achievements. Thus far, it may witness the change in their social prominence. It may be describe as a hybrid event too. So, combines the many activities of a traditional funeral service and celebration of life. Thus far, celebration of life service has more opportunities for creativity than a funeral.

So far, some people may view celebration of life as an alternative to fineral too. This decision may be based on wishes of the deceased person or the personality. However, it is not always the case. Sometimes the deceased person may have wished their family and friends to turn death into a party.

Thus far, an inappropriate behaviour at a funeral ceremony may be respectable at the celebration of life event. So, there are not strict rules. A celebration of life service may take place a few days and weeks or even years after the funeral.

Joyful Event 

Generally, you should expect to a joyful event when you attend a celebration of someone’s life. Thus far, the name itself signifies that attending to celebrate, not mourn. The event is less likely to use the convention and format of a religious funeral service. So, it will be more of a party than to commemorate the person’s death. 

Thus far, people attending should remember all the good things about the deceased. So, by definition it should be joyful and celebratory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death – Universal Part Of Life

Death – Universal Part Of Life

Death mostly gets a bad press. According to the Bible, it is ‘the last enemy’. Thus far, it is invariably the unwelcome visitor. It mostly arrives too soon, and most people fear death. So far, throughout history, many philosophers have suggested that without death we would be at a loss. It is the prospect of its coming that gets us out of bed every morning. Thus, we are driven to achieve great accomplishments. People may wish or dream of a deathless society. Thus far, without there may not be civilisation at all. So far, a growing body of testimony from social psychology may propose that these thinkers may be correct.

Natural Process

Death is natural, and it is inevitable. There is no denial. Whoever is born will die one day. There is a blurred line between dead and alive. Thus far, it is easier to be declared dead today than any time in history. The standards for declaring dead has fallen so low. So far, your heart may be beating, and your brain may be creating brain waves, however the doctor may declare as dead.

Thus far, the good news is that barely about one percent of the population may be subject to this death criteria. However, the sad news is that should you be in the one percent then you may be used for vivisection. It has been troubling humans for many centuries to determine when is a person dead. Thus, it is important to know, especially to the person who may be about to be buried or cremated. So far, we may look for foolproof clues. It is unclear to know if there is a central organ that may stop functioning when a person is dead. Moreover, is there a set of behaviours that may signal that a person is dead for certain?

Ancient Methods

For example, the ancient Greeks knew that many conditions imitate death. Thus, their test was to cut off a finger before cremation. With the ancient Egypt the responsibility stopped with the embalmer. So, Medieval Europeans were even more uncertain about who was dead and who was alive. Their records began to fill with accounts of premature burials. From the 1500s to the 1700s, across Europe the anatomists would perform public dissections on executed prisoners. So, the difficulties were highlighted by the anatomy theatres.

Universal Experience

Hence, death is one of the most universal experiences. It is obviously a common human fact. So far, in this sense, death is probably most prevalent than anything imaginable. For a long time, discussion on death has been a great taboo of life. Despite it being a depressing fact of life, we can never get away from it. So, for some people, it may come sooner than others. We might be given a sudden news, while for others we may have time for a final goodbye.

Thanatology

Many health care professionals study thanatology. It is the study of dying. Thus far its focus is to understand and psychological responses to the end of life. So, the study of thanatology provides health professionals and educators a better knowledge of human mortality. Hence, it helps them to provide comfort to person who is facing death and their families.

It is complex to understand the human condition. So far, it is a difficult task. We all have funny ways to think about such situations. Especially when it surrounds your own death. Thus far, the ‘my death versus your death’ theory is a unique way we believe ‘your death’ is certain. However, for ‘my death’ there may be an exemption. Hence, in a mysterious way it grants us to think both, our death and our ‘eternal life’. It is something many people may find comforting.

Death Forever

At all times many people contemplate what it means to be alive. Thus, what happens after death. So far, evaluate if we become another being or we simply cease to exist. Many people are a little anxious to think about it. Thus far, for us to think about not living is often uncomfortable. It is simply because it is something nobody has accomplished. In fact, what it means is the person accomplish and returns from dead to substantiate.

Thus far, although nobody has some back from dead, there are a few people with a ‘near death experience’. So, these people often describe a feeling of being out of one’s body. Hence, they may interact with the deceased loved ones.

 

Funeral Celebrant Role

Funeral Celebrant Role

A funeral celebrant is a qualified professional. They work with the family to preside a funeral service. Often they are from a non-priesthood background. Thus far, funeral celebrant help plan and oversea the funeral proceedings. So, the objective of the celebrant is to ensure the ceremony honours the values, beliefs and wishes of the deceased person. Furthermore, they support the grieving family at each step of the proceedings. They help celebrate the life of the person who passed away.

To partner with the right celebrant may allow for a smooth conducive service. It may provide a beautiful celebration of life. So, they qualify to conduct various types of ceremonies. It may be from non-religious, semi-religious to spiritual funeral services. Thus far, most celebrants may customise the ceremony. They may choose to focus on how the person chose to live their life. Thus, an emphasis may be on their charisma and the memories.

Religious Beliefs

Using a celebrant is a good option for people who look to create meaningful ceremonies without integrating religious beliefs. So, funeral celebrants are generally neither linked to any religious denominations nor afterlife beliefs. However, the celebrant can be religious. The funeral director you choose will know of local clergy who may perform religious rites and civil celebrant if you don’t have anyone in mind.

Who May Be Funeral Celebrant

Anyone may preside over a funeral service. Thus far, they may be a member of the clergy, a civil celebrant, a family member or a friend. They may have shared the person’s outlook on life, beliefs and spirituality.

When choosing your celebrant, be mindful, the person leads the ceremonies. While traditionally it was a role for a religious delegate such as a minister or a priest it is not that important today. More people now choose to use non-religious celebrants to officiate the service. Thus, you may hire a celebrant who can perform all this for you.

What Does A Celebrant Do?

The primary role for the celebrant is to work with the family. They create a life celebration of the deceased person. So, the aim is to give the person a celebrated farewell they deserve and desire.

Hence, a celebrant will meet with the family to discuss the funeral service. So far, it is important to learn the atmosphere the family wish to create. They may need to spend a few hours in discussion with the family. Thus, it may be crucial to understand about the person, their personality and the lifestyle. It may lead to liaise with funeral director if necessary.

Furthermore, the celebrant become part of the planning team. Thus, they may need to assist with planning the funeral service. It may include the readings, poems and music. Thus far, it needs to put together and of service for the funeral. The ultimate goal is to deliver a funeral service that reflects on the life of the deceased. It must give all mourners the opportunity to say goodbye.

How To Choose A Funeral Celebrant

A reputable funeral director is a good start for celebrant recommendation. However, you may want to choose your own funeral celebrant. Thus far, you need to be comfortable with them. You need to be confident that they can perform the service the way you want.

Hence, it is important that you meet with the celebrant in person. This helps you better with your selection and decision-making process. So, it is important that you explain the type of funeral service you are looking for. too. Furthermore, you must stipulate your involvement in the planning process.

It is important to choose the right funeral celebrant. They help pay tribute and last respects to your loved one. So far, there are so many options in the market. At times it may be overwhelming to choose the right one. Hence, it may be a good idea to make a list, meet them in person and take notes. Select the best person that suits you and the family.

Thus far, every family has a different need, so it may take a great deal to plan a memorable funeral. So, explain carefully to the celebrant your needs and wants. Then work with them to create memories that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of your loved one.

 

Reincarnation Concept

Reincarnation Concept

Indian religions believe in reincarnation concept. It is a recycle of life after death. Thus, it provides the opportunity to pursue spiritual liberation. It is achieved by ethical living. The many spiritual practices help too.

Reincarnation is one of the enigmas that puzzles human mind. It has been like so since the beginning of mankind. So, the concept of reincarnation literally means to take on the flesh again. Thus far, it means that we leave one life and go into another. Hence, the soul may take the form of human, animal, or plant. So, it depends on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions. Thus far, as civilisation evolves, it discriminates beliefs and spreads throughout various religions.

So far, reincarnation is also known as rebirth, transmigration and metempsychosis, which is a Greek word. 

Manifestation

So far, the major division manifests between the East and the West. Hence, the eastern religion takes a view of being more philosophical. It is less analytical and accepts reincarnation.

However, the various eastern religions mostly Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism may differ in their faith in rebirth. Whereas, the Islam refuse to accept it. Thus far, the most dominant religion of the world, Christianity with its origin in the west, mostly deny reincarnation. So far, some sub-sects may express interest in reincarnation.

Hinduism

This subject has been in discussion in the philosophical traditions of India and Greece from about the 6th century BC. Thus far, reincarnation is the religious and philosophical belief. It believes that karma governs the rise to the recycle of death and birth. So far, the process is universal and unified. Thus, some may refer to it as Samsara.

Karma is the person’s actions and deeds through the life. So, it may be good and it may be bad. Thus, their karma determines the subsequent birth. For this illustration, a person may have done a lot of mystical deeds. Furthermore, the desire may be to continue such service at the time of death. Thus, the person may be reborn in a family that supports such desires.

Thus far the Bhagavad Gita states ‘Never was there a time when I did not exist. Neither you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. So, the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from childhood to youth to old age. Thus, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. It is like worn-out garments are shed by the body. Thus far, worn-out bodies are shed by the dweller within the body. So, new bodies are donned by the dweller, like garments.’

Buddhism

The Buddhist perception of reincarnation may have a little difference. It believes there is no eternal soul, spirit or self. Thus, there is only a stream of consciousness which may link life with life. So, the process of change from one life to another is known as punarbhava. It is a Sanskrit word which means becoming again.

The early Buddhist history discuss the methods for recalling previous births. It predicates on the development of high levels of meditation. Thus far, Buddha warned that this experience may be misleading. So, one needs to interpret with care. Buddhism teaches the specific concept of rebirth. Thus far, it constrains by the theory of anatta. So, there is no irreducible atman or self-tying the lives together. Thus, it may serve as a contrast to Hinduism.

The evolving consciousness upon death becomes the key contribution. It causes for the arising of new aggregate. Thus, at death of a person, a new one comes into being. So, it is much like the flame dying candle. It may serve to light the flame of another. Thus far, the consciousness of the new individual is neither identical nor absolutely different from the deceased. So, transmigrations are the effect of karma.

Jain Beliefs

Jainism connects with Sramana doctrine. So far, the earliest mentions of reincarnation associates with it. Thus, karma is the significant part of Jain faith too. There is an intricate connection to other of its profound concepts. So, they may be liberation, transmigration or reincarnation. Jains consider the soul and matter are eternal, perpetual and uncreated. So, there is a regular give-and-take between the two. Thus far, it results in disconcert planetary manifestations in material, psychic and emotional spheres. So, this leads to the rebirth and transmigration theories.

Hence, the passage to become a supreme soul is to practice non-violence and be truthful. Daily actions are seen to have many consequences. Some may be immediate, and others delayed. This may even be into future incarnations. Therefore, the karma concept may not be in relation to one life time. So, it may be in relation to past lives and future incarnations. Thus far, karma is crucial for death and rebirth cycle.

Sikh Religion

Sikh religion teaches the path of Bhakti to accomplish salvation. So far, Sikhs believe that the soul passes from one body to another until it liberates. Hence, when one preforms good actions and remembers the creator, they may attain a better life. If the person carries out evil actions and commit sins, they may be reborn in lower forms of life. 

Thus. reincarnation is mostly due to the law of cause and effect. However, it does not create any cast or inequality among people. Moreover, Sikhism believe that God may pardon the wrong doings and release us.

Islam Beliefs

Most main monotheistic religions refute reincarnation. Thus far, it is against their fundamental teachings. So, their belief is if one has to go through many lives, on which life do they get judged? Hence, they dismiss the reincarnation concept. However, Islam does preach the existence of soul. So far, the principle belief is that there is only one birth on this earth. The judgement day comes after death. Thus, it determines if one goes to hell or unifies with God.

However, few Muslim sects accept the reincarnation concept. So far, the Shia and Druzes sects regard its founders as in special sense divine incarnations. Furthermore, Sinan ibn Salman ibn Muhammad, subscribes to the transmigration of souls as a tenet of the Alawi. Thus far, modern Sufis who embrace the idea of reincarnation include Bawa Muhaiyadeen.

Judaism

There is no mention of reincarnation in the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible. Thus, it is not an important creed in Judaism culture. However, medieval Jewish philosophers discuss the issue. It often rejects reincarnation concept. Although, Jewish mystical literature from their classic medieval canon onwards teach a belief in metempsychosis of souls. So, it literally preaches soul cycle. 

Other, Non-Hasidic, Orthodox Jewish groups do support it as a valid teaching. However, there is not a heavy focus on reincarnation.

Christianity

Most major Christian denominations repeal reincarnation theory. Thus far, Christian belief is that when a person dies, the soul sleeps in the grave with the corpse. So far, it believes the soul sleeps until a time in the future. It is known as the last day or day of judgement.

However, Bible manifest that Jesus, himself teaches reincarnation. Thus far, there was a disagreement in understanding Jesus himself in early Christian history. Hence there was a conflict between the Church set up by Paul in Rome and the remnants of the Jerusalem Church. So, the Roman faction rejects reincarnation and pre-existence. They believe Jesus was God who become man.

Thus far, the Jerusalem faction knew Jesus was a man. They believe he achieved the human divine. Furthermore, they knew the goal of everyone was to escape reincarnation cycle of birth and death. Thus far the objective was to have an eternal life. The fact remains that Rome won the political encounter. So the orthodox definition of resurrection reduces to an end-of-time, ‘Night of the Living Dead’.

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