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Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One

Started this discussion. Last reply by Evan Meinel Sep 24, 2011. 20 Replies

About two weeks after my 21st birthday last month, my mom died of cancer. I come from a Catholic family but I've privately been an atheist for about a year, and as a result, I don't believe in heaven…Continue

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Nov 3, 2011
Evan Meinel replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"Im sorry for your loss. Being atheist can be hard in this respect, but just as everyone said she lives on in your memories and returns back ibto the natural order of nature. Things come and go and we must make the best of what we have with what time…"
Sep 24, 2011
Cristynfaye replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"I'm so sorry for your loss, Ciara.  My father-in-law passed away last year, and we have been dealing with the same issues, so I know how terribly difficult it can be.   I strongly encourage you to seek grief counseling.  I…"
Sep 24, 2011
Wynprks replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"Hi Ciara, I can relate to what you're going through, my mom died a few years ago, six days after my birthday, and I too miss her dearly. How do I cope? It's simple really, Heaven is in the Heart, her laughter, her smile, it's all here…"
Sep 14, 2011
Ciara replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"Thanks everyone - all your advice has been solid, grounded and realistic, which is what I'm after, so thank you, sincerely. I know people giving religious-related words of comfort really believe that and are being completely genuine, but I need…"
Sep 11, 2011
Alex Johnson replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"I never know what to say in these situations. All I can do is recommend a good movie that helped me with the loss of a loved one...Hesher "
Sep 9, 2011
Meghan McWilliams replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"I’m truly sorry for your loss. I lost my father as a teen and although I wasn’t extremely close with him, I can slightly relate to your issues. Have you tired writing as a therapy? It helps in the same way people find prayers comforting.…"
Sep 9, 2011
Joanna replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"Allow yourself to grieve. Regardless of your belief or lack of belief, everyone grieves at such losses, and grief is a journey.  Cry when you need to cry, and laugh when a fond memory strikes you.  Let this loss wrap its arms around you…"
Sep 9, 2011
Cristie I replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"Hi Ciara. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the pain you must feel. As you said, things will get better with time and your mom does live on in you, in your memories. Those are real and you own them. Try to keep yourself busy…"
Sep 8, 2011
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Joann Brady replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"there is a facebook page    Greif beyond belief  that you might find helpful. I know I do."
Sep 8, 2011
Unseen replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"Sorry to hear about your loss. Just remember that everyone deals with death in their own way. Religious people will deal with it that way, which doesn't help you of course. Remember, though, that to greater or lesser degrees they may be…"
Sep 8, 2011
Tiago Martins replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"I can't fathom to imagine how much of a loss the death of your mother is. My deepest condolonces, from someone that recently also lost a loved relative, my grandmother. My advice: try as much as you can to not make this unfortunate time about…"
Sep 8, 2011
Beth replied to Ciara's discussion 'Atheists, Please Help - Death Of A Loved One'
"First let me say I am so sorry for your loss. Secondly as a widow, people say some of the dumbest things to someone who has lost someone special. As for the idea that your mother will always be with you, I tend to think that is true and here is why.…"
Sep 8, 2011
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At 11:15pm on September 11, 2011, Gaytor said…
I'm glad that I didn't overstep with my comment. I hope that you find your legs again soon. Not to be cliche, but it gets better. I lost my dad 18 months or so ago, but I'm 37. So the trials of early life as an adult wasn't a part of that hurdle in life for me. Happy to help anytime!
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