Our life on earth is a brief spark in the infinity of time. The world's scriptures place significance by proclaiming that earthly life is a preparation for future existence.
For those who believe that awareness ceases with death, life's experience seems worthless and arbitrary. Because of this, tremendous grief accompanies the loss of loved ones. When we realize that the inner self or the real self exists beyond death every moment becomes meaningful and precious.
Taoism states: "Birth is not a beginning; death is not an end. There is existence without limitation; there is continuity without a starting point."
The soul is eternal by its very nature. - Jainism
Birthless and deathless and changeless remains the soul. - Hinduism
The grave is the first station in the journey to eternity. - Islam
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. - Judaism