So I went to pick up my 6 year old son from school today....
When I got into the gym, all of the kids were sitting in a circle as their "group time." My son usually is glad to see me and runs towards me regardless of the topic or what he is doing when I come to pick him up. Today he didn't. All of the kids had their hands raised and were eager to ask questions.
I sat down and listened to the discussion. The YMCA instructor called on my son, and the questions he asked was, "Did…Continue
And who shall separate the dust
The high, the low, the rich, the poor,
Deadatnoon.com is a website created by Gillian Bennett, 84, diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer's) three years ago. Her disposition about choosing the right time to terminate is both admirable and sobering. I truly hope her blog can be an inspiration to others who feel it important to die with a morsel of dignity.
Added by Ed on September 9, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
I heard that life is sacred, but I don’t know what that word means.
A woman outside a clinic told me that a tiny mass of cells was a person, but I didn’t think it looked like one. I heard her say that the bundle of cells was just what a person looked like when it was very small. She said it had the same genetic makeup and all of the same DNA as a fully grown person and therefore had the same right to life. I watched her scratch…Continue
My mother's funeral is Wednesday, 4/23/2014 and I'll be giving at least a part of the eulogy.
A little help here...and maybe an opportunity for discussion in general on the subject.
What is an 'Atheist Eulogy'? What can my differing view of death bring to the table at a Wake?
I know it is totally inappropriate for me to try and convert the audience...I just wish Christians would give me the same respect. Having God on your side is no excuse for being rude...but then,…Continue
My mother, Zella Mae Jarrett of Boone County West Virginia ceased to exist at 10:58 PM on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
I'll write more later.
Added by Brad Snowder on April 5, 2014 at 11:53pm — No Comments
My brother died almost exactly 7 months ago, at the age of 40. I understand my parents are still grieving, so logical thinking is not coming naturally to them at this point. But some of the things they do and say are really bothering me. I am trying to let them work out their grief in their own way, but here are a few odd things that have come up:
Added by A. T. Heist on February 10, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments
Yesterday, we got news that my (ex) Aunt died unexpectedly. She was undergoing radiation for cancer and started feeling poorly. They took her to the hospital and within a few hours she was dead. They're not 100% certain of what killed her but doctors think it may have been a blood clot. She was in her 30s.
She is survived by a small, close-knit family, her ex-husband (my biological uncle), and my 7 year old cousin. Although divorced, my Uncle was still in love with her, so he is…Continue
I wrote this for an English assignment just recently about the death of my sister and how it's affected me. I wanted to share it with all of you, because I may not be the only one who feels this way about a loved one's death. It's strange, the grieving process. Some days I'm ok. Some days I'm not.
Here it is:
It was a warm Sunday,
a quiet weekend,
a day like any other.
The phone rings.
I am going to die. There have been times in my life when this fact scared me. Two unknown details of my demise still have the power to worry my weary mind: when and how. I don't want to die young, before my children have grown and blossomed. I wouldn't prefer a painful death. Other than that, the certainty of my finality no longer fills me with introspective angst.
Most humans are brought up with…Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on July 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
We have met the "heat death" of the universe in progress, and it is... us?
EXCERPT "Organic cells form, reproduce, and die within complex organisms that are born, reproduce, and die, within species and civilizations that eventually result in new species and civilizations or simply carry on until they become extinct. All because stars are born, die, and are replaced, some former and current stars facilitating habitable planets and life."…
Added by Mike Donohoe on June 30, 2013 at 5:17pm — No Comments
I found this incredibly beautiful; a realistic love story, and a true appreciation of fleeting life:
By Ann Druyan, wife of Carl Sagan
When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl faced his death with unflagging…
Okay some of what I discuss below is more about a lack of belief in an afterlife or in other supernatural things rather than a lack of belief in gods or religion. FYI.
So I haven't been on this site much lately. It was essential when I first accepted the fact that I was an atheist and became more sure of my lack of belief in all gods/religions, 3-and-a-half years ago. I brought my dad and younger brother into this anti-theistic, "religion actually is really horrible and…Continue
Added by luvtheheaven on April 12, 2013 at 2:41am — No Comments
The need for comfort is universal across humankind, many people have a tough time dealing with loneliness, illness, or death. And I think that's one of the main reasons for the existence of religion: The need for comfort.
I, as an atheist, have never had that kind of trouble, but I do understand the need for it and that made me think: Was there something science-based I could say to help someone be at peace with death?.
And this is what came out of that…Continue
AN ATHEIST IN THE WOODS
An atheist was walking through the woods.
'What majestic trees!'
'What powerful rivers!'
'What beautiful animals!'
He said to himself.
As he was walking alongside the river, he heard
a rustling in the bushes behind him.
He turned to look. He saw a…
Ecclesiastes 1:1 to 12:1
1:1 The words of the preacher, the son of King David in Jerusalem.
Everything is nothing, absolutely nothing. Everything is absolutely nothing. People live and people die but the Earth just keeps on keeping on. The sun rises and the sun sets.…
Added by Brad Snowder on November 25, 2012 at 3:24am — No Comments
It's been a long time since I've written anything here, and if I felt like reaching into my magic hat of bullshit excuses I could blame any number of things, like writing and directing shows, or who knows what.
The truth is I've just been cowering. I've been huddled in the corner of a theological no-man's land. That place where many of us shift uncomfortably in our seats, often not wanting to speak for fear of misspeaking. It started a few months ago.
My grandfather died. The…Continue
Yesterday, I went to a wake who is a close friend of my brother's and he's sort of my friend I guess but he's closer to my brother then me because they are closer ages. I'm ten years apart from them. Anyway, when I was growing up with them and hanging out whenever I could, I got to know his family. His mom used to be a teacher aid at school, and she helped me out whenever I had trouble during studies. His brother and I used to play NES when he was baby sitting me. When I got coughed smoking,…Continue