as an atheist how do you handle the grief after someone close to you dies?

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  • as an atheist how do you handle the grief after someone close to you dies?


Answer #1 | 20/12 2013 06:06
By knowing that it was inevitable. You suffer the grief without deceiving yourself, without making up supernatural scenarios in your mind. In the same way you understand the inevitability of your own death. Life is good, live it while you can. *
Answer #2 | 20/12 2013 06:08
Like pretty much everyone else...with a whole range of crying, stomping my feet, getting mad, remembering how wonderful they were, seeking comfort in the company of family & friends, and carrying on with my life.
Answer #3 | 20/12 2013 06:08
You cry it out for a few days and slowly get over it. Just as every other person. It's not necessarily religion that helps you get over te grief. You can say god wanted the person and tell yourself that 20 times an hour, but you'll still be sad and not care. It's not until after you've gotten over the severity of the tragedy that religion helps you.
Answer #4 | 20/12 2013 06:08
I accept the things I cannot change.
Answer #5 | 20/12 2013 06:08
I have the same feelings as anyone. I'm just not delusional.
Answer #6 | 20/12 2013 06:07
I know that death is an inevitable part of life. I celebrate the life the person had and the various ways in which he or she touched others. I think of the way his or her influence lives on in others.
Answer #7 | 20/12 2013 06:07
The same way everyone else does, just without the religious rhetoric.
Answer #8 | 20/12 2013 06:07
Same way anyone else does, I suppose. Grief is normal and natural: time heals.
Answer #9 | 20/12 2013 06:10
Have you observed a pet after its companion dies.Sure it grieves? Same way.
Answer #10 | 20/12 2013 06:11
I have found it to be extremely intense, for one thing. No self-delusions to mitigate it. It didn't last as long as it might have otherwise, though. Very painful but brief.
Answer #11 | 20/12 2013 06:38
Of course I take time to be upset about it but later I remind myself that we are lucky to be born at all. You are the result of billions of years of evolution. You will only live for a few years and will never exist again. Absolutely beautiful. That really is a wonderful thought and the reason atheism is life affirming in ways religion can never be. To sum up I'd say: By celebrating life and remembering those that did, but can no longer.
Answer #12 | 20/12 2013 06:41
Through their own limited understanding and strength that's how Sadly they believe that's all they need
Answer #13 | 20/12 2013 07:50
By celebrating the one life they got to live, not by lying to myself and others about there "certainly" being a place where we'll be reunited. You know, sometimes I wonder just how you robots can go through life lying to all of your loved ones and children, ridiculing others for not accepting those lies...
Answer #14 | 20/12 2013 06:25
Put them in a hole. Fill hole in.
Answer #15 | 20/12 2013 06:24
Acceptance. You come to terms with the fact that their chapter is over but the book continues.
Answer #16 | 20/12 2013 06:16
same as religious people...we seek healing and answers and love
Answer #17 | 20/12 2013 06:17
By remembering the joy they brought into our lives.
Answer #18 | 20/12 2013 06:19
By remembering their life, the good times we had, the good things they did while they were alive. *Not* by pretending they're still alive somewhere in a magical fantasy "heaven" thing, which is a lie. I personally don't understand how someone can be "comforted" by a lie or a fantasy -- such things don't provide any "comfort" to me.

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