Handling Someone’s Death with Dignity

Reddit user hecatin heard that a friend’s mom passed away. In the midst of people saying (on Facebook) that they’d pray for the friend’s family, hecatin offered something different and poignant: Beautiful. To paraphrase some commenters on Reddit, I’m going to remember that line… but I hope I never have to use it. (Thanks to [Read More...]

Grief Beyond Belief

For atheists who need some support after experienced the death of a loved one, there’s a new Facebook group that could offer some help: Grief Beyond Belief. Grief Beyond Belief provides a safe space for atheists and other non-religious people to share and process the death of a loved one. Because bereavement is sometimes the [Read More...]

‘A Modern Inquisition’ by Dr. Jack Kevorkian

In 1994, Dr. Jack Kevorkian received the American Humanist Association’s “Humanist Hero Award.” At the AHA’s annual conference in Detroit that year, he gave the acceptance speech below (PDF). I’m reprinting an adapted version of it here, on the day of his own death at the age of 83. This is probably the first time [Read More...]

Goodbye to Jack Kevorkian

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died earlier today at the age of 83. He was known as “Dr. Death” to most of the public but “Dr. Dignity” to a lot of Humanists because of how he helped people end their lives on their own terms. “Somebody has to do something for suffering humanity,” Kevorkian once said. “I [Read More...]

Are There Resources for Atheist Widows?

I received an email from a recent widow — my heart goes out to her — and I’m hoping some of you might have a better response than anything I could come up with: I’m 44 years old and was widowed this month. My husband of two and a half years died of an infection. [Read More...]