Coping with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult. It is during these times it is necessary to embrace your faith and belief system to find the inner strength to endure this pain.
The purpose of this section of the website is not to advance one belief system over another. Instead, this section is to demonstrate briefly, that every major religion in the world teaches death is not the end.
Medium Mark Anthony has said, “I believe in God, Heaven, which I call The Other Side, an Afterlife, and the immortality of our soul. I also know it is possible to contact those who have crossed over. How you choose to believe in God, and how to interpret spiritual immortality, is a personal decision.”
To fully understand all the religions of the world would take lifetimes, yet they have overlapping teachings. As George Harrison once said, “All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn’t matter what you call God just as long as you call.” However, despite their philosophical and cultural differences, the major religions of the world all agree physical death does not end spiritual existence.
The following are a few quotes from religious texts concerning the immortality of the soul.
Judaism. Talmud, Sanhedrin 108a
The dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Judaism and Christianity. Ecclesiastes 12.7
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroy, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
Christianity. Matthew 6:19-21
You prefer this life, although the life to come is better and more enduring. All this is written in
earlier scriptures; the scriptures of Abraham and Moses.
Islam. Qur’an 87.16-19
Now my breath and spirit goes to the Immortal, and this body ends in ashes;
OM. O Mind! Remember. Remember the deeds. Remember the actions.
Hinduism. Isha Upanishad 17
One who identifies himself with his soul regards bodily transmigration of his soul
at death fearlessly, like changing one cloth for another.
Jainism. Pujyapada, Samadhishataka 77
Matter has no life, hence it has not real existence. Mind is immortal.
Christian Science. Science and Health, 584.
Relatives and friends and well-wishers rejoice at the arrival of a man who had been long absent
and has returned home safely from afar. Likewise, meritorious deeds will receive the good
person upon his arrival in the next world, as relatives welcome a dear one on his return.
Buddhism. Dhammapada 219-20
Birth is not a beginning; death is not an end. There is existence without limitation; there is
continuity without a starting point. Existence without limitation is space. Continuity without
a starting point is time. There is birth, there is death, there is issuing forth, there is entering in.
That through which one passes in and out without seeing its form, that is the Portal of God.
Taoism. Chuang Tzu 23
Man’s real nature is primarily spiritual life, which weaves its threads of mind to build a cocoon of flesh, encloses its own soul in the cocoon, and, for the first time, the spirit becomes flesh. Understand this clearly: The cocoon is not the silkworm; in the same way, the physical body is not man but merely man’s cocoon. Just as the silkworm will break out of its cocoon and fly free, so, too, will man break out of his body-cocoon and ascend to the spiritual world when his time is come. Never think that the death of the physical body is the death of man. Since man is life, he will never know death.
Seicho-no-Ie. Nectarean Show of Holy Doctrines
All the living must die, and dying, return to the ground; this is what is called kuei. The bones and flesh molder below, and, hidden away, become the earth of the fields. But the spirit issues forth, and is displayed on high in a condition of glorious brightness.
Confucianism. Book of Ritual 21.2.1
Some day the Great Chief Above will overturn the mountains and the rocks. Then the spirits that once lived in the bones buried there will go back into them. At present those spirits live in the tops of the mountains, watching their children on earth and waiting for the great change which is to come. The voices of these spirits can be heard in the mountains at all times. Mourners who wail for their dead hear spirit voices reply, and thus they know that their lost ones are always near.
Native American Religions. Yakima Tradition
The world beyond is as different from this world as this world is different from that of the child while still in the womb of its mother. When the soul attains the Presence of God, it will assume the form that best befits its immortality and is worth of its celestial habitation. Such an existence is a contingent and not an absolute existence, inasmuch as the former is preceded by a cause, whilst the latter is independent thereof. Absolute existence is strictly confined to God, exalted be His Glory.
Baha’i Faith. Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah 81
One breath pervades all, what point is any weeping over another? Man wails over the loss of what he calls his: Know, the Self is not perishable.
Sikhism. Adi Granth, Gauri, M.5, p. 188
The Way of death is found in one’s own mind and no other;
Inquire of it in your own heart,
In your own mind.
Leave to the kami the path ahead;
The road of the returning soul is not dark
To the land of Yomi,
To the world beyond.
Shinto. Naokata Nakanishi, from: One Hundred Poems on The Way of Death
We are on a market trip on earth;
Whether we fill our baskets or not,
Once the time is up, we go home.
African Traditional Religions. Igbo Song (Nigeria)