i was curious what atheists do for the loss of a loved one? considering the deceased was atheist also. the funerals i have attended all included god in the ceremonies.
Asked by Anonymous at 6:42 PM on Jun. 22, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by kit_manson at 7:33 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 7:51 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 6:44 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:55 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
As the Anon eluted to, death is harder on the living. If you have different belief systems it would be even more difficult. If myself, my husband or our adult child dies(the younger ones do not know what they believe yet) there will not be a religious ceremony, just a group of people coming together to remember and honor the deceased...probably in a park or favorite place. I sometimes wonder if death is harder on non-believers?? We don't believe we will ever see that loved one again.
Answer by ochsamom at 7:04 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
My SO is an atheist and he said if I didn't believe in God (which I do a little, well to a certain extent that is) he would just cremate me (sry if I spelled it wrong) and not have a ceremony at all. He also said for the relatives that believe in God (he was raised a full blown catholic) he would just do a ceremony the way they would have wanted it to be done. His beliefs wouldn't be taken into consideration at a moment like that.
Answer by loudnproud87 at 7:17 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
I've heard this read at two different "atheist" funerals and I appreciate it..
Answer by clarity333 at 7:54 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
Kit, that is exactly what we did for my dad's funeral.
Answer by beeky at 7:55 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
Answer by kit_manson at 8:03 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 7:45 AM on Jun. 23, 2011