Religion is a system of behaviors, practices and ethics that is shared by many human societies. It aims to give people meaning and purpose, reinforce social unity, help individuals and groups understand their lives better, and motivate people to work for positive social change.
It also gives people psychological and physical well-being. This is due to the emotional and mental stimulation that religious activities provide, which helps people cope with stress and trauma.
Another function of religion is a way of framing and resolving grief. When a loved one dies, it can be very difficult to accept. Often, people turn to religion to find a sense of comfort and reassurance that they will be reunited with their loved ones.
This is because religion provides a frame for their grief and a way to express it. In addition, religious rites and rituals can help people to feel connected to others who are experiencing similar emotions.
Nevertheless, it has been argued that there are some effects of religion that cannot be replaced by secular counterparts. These include a sense of the grandness of creation, a sense of guidance towards a less materialistic life, and a spiritual fulfillment that comes from bringing oneself closer to God.