R.I.P What Does it Mean to You?

I cannot get my head around people who use this term, & often look at them with a confused expression when I hear 'rest in peace'. What do people mean by this, & why do they feel they need to say it? 

To me & probably all of you, its an empty phrase, meaningless. But still, its branded about more than Angry Birds.

How do you feel with this phrase? & how do you react to it socially? Are you offended by it? Have you never really thought about it? 

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    If I have a tombstone to put that on I won't care. I'd like to be cremated. But if I happen to be under a tombstone I don't/won't care. I won't care about the connotation and I don't even have to think about that now. I won't have to think about it because it doesn't make a difference.

     "People might think I was religious" I don't/won't care.

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      Beyonder

      I've used it in the past when I was religious. To me, it has an underlying message that the "soul" remains after our bodies die. Now, we can't know for sure that when we die the energy that makes up our consciousness doesn't continue being conscious -- but we can't know it does either.

      Bottom line, it seems harmless and likely meaningless.

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        Sarah Jane Hall

        I never have liked it partly because when I was a small child, before I learned about abbreviations and would see it on a gravestone i just thought it was saying rip as in rip paper.  I know that is a silly reason not to like it but to me seeing that always makes me think what a crappy thing to put on a gravestone.  Aside from that it is so unoriginal  and it's nonsense.  The person is dead not resting.