This fifth post of my series summarizes the atheist’s view on death and tragedy.
For an atheist, death is final, so when Rebecca Hensler’s infant son died, remarks such as, “He is in a better place,” “God has a plan,” or “Now he’s an angel,” did not make sense for her. “Grief Without God is a Challenge for Atheists” is an article that describes how atheists are finding comfort with one another as they look for a way “to process grief and sorrow without the trappings – or support – of religious ritual and belief.”
This article reveals that death is a common human experience, and that all people need to work through death and tragedy in their lives, regardless of their religious beliefs. As a result, arenas and spaces for atheists to properly grieve are incredibly important – that is why Hensler’s facebook page, Grief Beyond Belief, has almost 4000 likes. She is also hoping to see more secular, local grief support groups for atheists started up, as there is a limitation that an online community faces in supporting and caring for one another.
Join me next time as I explore another one of our culture’s perspectives on death.