Religion and culture are deeply intertwined. Every culture in the world has a particular faith or belief that they stand by. Religion seems to give us an identity but death levels us all.
People all around the world honor their dead and give them a somber farewell. Funeral traditions are observed by everyone irrespective of race or religion. There are many cultures who believe in cremating their departed ones . On the contrary, there are some cultures in which cremation is still a taboo.
Religious cremation urns are an integral part of funeral traditions among the ones who cremate their dead. The use of religious urns is rooted in the belief that they will bring peace to the soul of the person who has passed on.
A common feature of religious cremation urns is that they have angels engraved or painted on them. Angels represent protection, purity, goodness and wisdom and that are believed to provide solace to the bereaved.
Religious cremation urns may also include symbols and scriptures derived from religion. Some common but very representative symbols are:
1. Cross: A Christian symbol that represents Jesus Christ.
2. Om: A Hindu symbol that exemplifies the unification of mind, body and soul.
3. Star of David: Typical to Judaism and a symbol of unity and spirituality.
4. Chai: Hebrew word that highlights the value of life.
5. Dove: Also symbolic of love and peace, dove represents the Holy Spirit.
It is believed that cremation encourages the bereaved to accept the death of his loved one, sooner. This in turn helps in recovering and healing from the loss. In addition, the presence of a cremation urn in bereaved life gives joy, hope, support and strength to carry on with life.