Reflection About Life After Death

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Death is inevitable, something every human will experience. Religion and cultures teach the idea of life after death, but only if a person lives a good life, and surrenders themselves to a higher power. There are also rituals a deceased family must follow during funerals and with grief to ease the transition from life to death. In some cultures, funerals and time for mourning is a quick process, in others it can take several weeks before the body is laid to rest. Death is the end, some cultures rejoice others mourn, but between all cultures and religions, it is a time to honor the one who died. The Chinese, Hindu, and Jewish cultures have special requirements that a family must complete to guarantee the deceased a peaceful passage to the afterlife. These cultures cover up or remove mirrors within the home to prevent problems for friends and family. The Chinese believe that if the coffin is seen in the reflection of a mirror with a person, that death will occur to someone in his or her family. Jews cover them because man is a reflection of God. Each of these cultures also uses white…show more content…
My immediate family does not discuss death or their final wishes and I have not discussed it with my children. As my mom was dying, I took it upon myself to ask those hard questions because I knew no one else would; but I also wanted to make sure I could give her the funeral and burial she wanted. The most difficult aspect of death is the final goodbye. I had a conversation with my mom reassuring her everyone would be okay, even on her death bed, she was worried about everyone else, and as soon as I did she took her last breath. Another discomforting part of death is having to bury a child. The emotions and mental pain associated with their death would make living almost impossible, but the glimmer of hope is knowing one day seeing a loved one again in
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