Ask Richard: My Mom Is Dying. Should I Lie to My Kids About Death?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. I do not believe in God — any god. I strive to be a good atheist and person by setting an example of decency to all and service to my community. The whole “good without god” thing. In raising my 6 and 7 year old [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Asked to Give Religious Reading at a Funeral

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard, By the time this is answered, it will be a moot point because the funeral is tomorrow but I thought I would ask. My young cousin died very unexpectedly and our family is having a Catholic ceremony for her. I am an atheist [Read More...]

There Is Support for All of Us

Bill Zeller, a blogger and computer programmer, killed himself a couple days ago. He was sexually abused as a child and it clearly affected him the rest of his life. After living with the depression for so long, he just didn’t want to keep going. He left a heartbreaking suicide note before he died. Joel [Read More...]

A Farewell to John Dawkins

Richard Dawkins‘ father died a couple days ago and he penned the obituary: My father, (Clinton) John Dawkins, who has died peacefully of old age, packed an enormous amount into his 95 years. … He and Jean (who survives him) celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2009. In his nineties John slowed down and his [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Relating to Religious People At Times of Grief

Good morning Richard. In the past week both an employee of the company I work for and the father-in-law of a co-worker died. Non-related. Inevitably situations came up where I was in a conversation with co-workers who were all saying “At least they are in a better place now.” When I didn’t join in with [Read More...]