In 2011, after dealing with the loss of her three-month-old son and the typical reactions she received from well-meaning friends and family members, atheist Rebecca Hensler began a Facebook group called Grief Beyond Belief:
Reader Dan Krauss‘ grandmother died about three weeks ago and he was tasked with the unenviable job of delivering the eulogy on behalf of his family. Dan’s not religious but his grandmother was Catholic and he wanted to strike a balance between the two worlds that wouldn’t disrespect her beliefs but also wouldn’t compromise his own.
What he came up with was, I think, a perfect combination:
A new CBS News poll on the topic of death shows that Americans are living in a fantasy-world when it comes to thinking about their own mortality.
In general, we believe in the afterlife (for which there’s no evidence), we believe we’re going to Heaven (because we’re all good people, every one of us), and we want to make sure we take up space when we die (because our post-mortal bodies have no use other than lying six feet under forever).
We lost another great leader in the Humanist community yesterday. Warren Wolf was president of the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) and former president of The Humanist Institute. His organizations were actively involved in educating future leaders about the history and power of ethics beyond religion.