Events like the tsunami in Japan always bring out the religious and they say they are "praying" for those in Japan.
I don't believe prayer changes the events of the world.
I just know it makes people feel good and makes them feel like they are contributing something positive to the world.
I don't really know what to say when a person has experienced a death in the family except to say I'm sorry for their loss.
I'm not going to say some bs like, "Your loved one is in a better place" and all the other things theists say to someone who has lost a family member.
It feels weird to say, "You're in my thoughts" because honestly, what is that helping?
What have been your experiences in dealing with deal coming from an atheist's perspective?
What things have you said to believers that were genuine and helped them feel a bit better?
Sometimes I give a tiny crap what people think of me and I don't want them to think I don't care about their misfortune(s).
I had a few people in high school see me as "negative" because I gave my true opinion as to what happens to humans when they die. We just cease to live and eventually our bod rots away. No heaven, ho hell...we're just dead and rotting. Some of us are cremated.