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Guest Post: Bringing Faith-Free Support to The Compassionate Friends

Three months after my son Jude died in 2009, I discovered the Facebook page of a worldwide parental grief organization called The Compassionate Friends. In those dark months, their community provided invaluable support — and inspired the eventual creation of the Grief Beyond Belief Facebook page, which provided the same sort of online grief support, just […]

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Guest Post: Rumination

by Hank Fox, author of Red Neck Blue Collar Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith, reposted from his blog, A Citizen of Earth. Three years later, I don’t dwell on my Dad all the time. When I do dwell on him, I can have these surges of sorrow, missing him with painful intensity. But it’s […]

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Guest Post: My Atheist Advice to Grieving Ten Year Olds

by Susan Lynne Mehalick This post was originally published on Saturday, November 19, 2011 in the blog Nutballgirl Uninterrupted. She posted the link to the Grief Beyond Belief public page at Facebook and founder Rebecca Hensler was so moved that she asked for permission to republish it here. A few weeks ago, a little ten year […]

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Guest Post: Truly Listen

An anonymous member of the closed Grief Beyond Belief Group at Facebook has generously allowed us to publish this beautiful and insightful guess post: The 18th of this month will mark one year since my mother died. Here are some thoughts I’ve gathered and wanted to share with everyone in this group. They could be missing […]

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Guest Post: “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow”

“Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow” by Humanistic Rabbi Adam Chalom This post was originally delivered as part of a Yom Kippur Memorial sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2008. The human brain is marvelous. It can experience the world around us, processing a million sensations a minute into coherent reality. It can analyze, synthesize, and […]

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Guest Post: When Life Seems Too Much, We Are the Most Human

This guest blog post from Rabbi Adam Chalom of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, was originally delivered as part of a High Holidays sermon in 2008.  We thank him for this contribution to the community of Grief Beyond Belief.  Rabbi Chalom is listed in our directory of secular and Humanist funeral officiants on the Resource Page of this site. When […]

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Comfort Without Lies for Small Children

A member of our community wrote to the Grief Beyond Belief Facebook page: My mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I have a three year old son who is very close to her. Does anyone know of any non-religious resources to help small children deal with grief? It isn’t easy, and sometimes even people […]

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“What we should be teaching our children”

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Seeking the Grief Stories of Non-Believers for “Grief Beyond Belief” Book

If you are an atheist. agnostic, Humanist, skeptic, freethinker, or some other sort of non-believer in God, the supernatural or any kind of afterlife — and you have an experience (or experiences) with grief — we want to hear about it. I am going to be collaborating on a book about faith-free grief with Greta Christina, atheist […]

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On Atheism and Death

Throughout the last year of my life, I have experienced a few heartbreaking losses: my mother passed away last June, and I lost a beloved cat in March. Both of them died rather young, my mother being 57 and Nero, my kitty, being only 2. Both deaths were sudden and shocking sacks of bricks that […]

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