Training Professionals in Caring for Grieving Nonbelievers: A Report Back From the MNHPC Conference

I started thinking about teaching professionals about how to provide appropriate support for grieving nonbelievers a long time ago. I can’t remember when I realized we need this; maybe it was when I discovered that the UC Berkeley Extension program in The Study of Grief and Loss addressed serving the grief needs of a variety […]

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Nurturing Skepticism in the Grieving: Mark Tilbrook

Ed Brayton of Freethought Blogs summarizes the story of British skeptic Mark Tilbrook offering grieving people the tools with which they can assess the claims of a “psychic.” A particular “psychic” and her spouse are making him pay for his courage and compassion with threats and a lawsuit. Here is the original flyer he distributed to audience members going to […]

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Coming Through: Humor, Me

People who know me know I’ve got an off-beat sense of humor. I find most of my humor in situations others would consider pretty terrible, because I have a sick sad little mind, sometimes. We have to laugh though, because if we don’t we’re gonna get crushed. And that isn’t some two-bit philosophy – sometimes […]

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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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Guest Post: How Not to Deal with Grief

The following essay is anonymous.  The author wanted to share his experience of grieving — and not grieving — during the early years of the AIDS epidemic with a degree of honesty that made it impossible to publish under his own name.   I know I’m not the last man standing, and I know that […]

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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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Sasha Sagan on her Father’s “Lessons of Immortality and Mortality”

Last April, Sasha Sagan, the daughter of the late Carl Sagan and Cosmos producer Ann Druyan, wrote a beautiful essay called “Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan” chronicling what her parents  taught her about life and death and the kind of immortality that is congruent with reality. One day when I was still […]

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