Death & dying

Working with hospice is tough enough without the entanglement of religion and family members who may or may not be helpful in the dying processes. I respect their work and the goals of Hospice; several family members and friends were helped, especially families. I have no idea how one bridges the gap when a person is dying, weary, perhaps sick, sometimes tormented by people who love them, and all the while knowing death is an end of life as we know it and a change to a different form of energy. I don't understand why that is so frightening; death is like going to sleep; the brain and other organs begin to shut down when blood flow stops. My children have instructions to hold my hand if they can be with me, and rejoice that I came into the world and found it to be just splendid.

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Death and dying from an atheist point of view

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The Comfort of an Atheist Afterlife

Started by annet. Last reply by annet Jun 14, 2012. 2 Replies

Today on Radio lab they did a really good hour on death and the afterlife.  Here is the link: pulled it…Continue


Started by dr kellie. Last reply by dr kellie May 10, 2012. 14 Replies

I am about to pick out my gravestone.  I need to come up with something I want written on it.  I have some ideas... This isn't meant to be a discussion about whether or not to be buried or have a…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2012 at 12:32am
What a sweet kitty picture!
Thank you Joan! Group hug!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2012 at 10:24pm

You are all just awesome! I am so lucky to have each one of you as a friend.  

Comment by booklover on May 6, 2012 at 8:39pm

I'm glad Steph!  It made me feel good when I read what you posted to me also! :)

Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2012 at 8:26pm
Thank you so much Melinda! I'm glad you are on the Nexus too. You made my day!
Comment by booklover on May 6, 2012 at 8:20pm

Steph you are awesome too!  You are always so nice.  I'm really glad you are on Atheist Nexus.

Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2012 at 7:56pm
Joan and Melinda you have such wonderful words of wisdom. I love reading your posts here. Wonderful group Joan!
Comment by annet on May 6, 2012 at 7:29pm

I agree Booklover, that is beautiful Joan. What a gift you've given them with those words.

My 86 yr old mom lives with us. She is in good physical shape but this subject certainly is on one's mind more in such a situation.  

Comment by booklover on May 6, 2012 at 6:27pm

I love what you said about how you want your kids to "rejoice that I came into the world and found it to be just splendid."  Beautiful!  I read once, and again I apologize, I am TERRIBLE about remembering names, someone said that just knowing their child was enough to make living worth while.  I SO agree with that.  Just having been able to have my, now almost 18 & 20, 'kids', and loving them so much has made all the bad things that come with life, worth it.  There are other things too like seeing the beauty of nature, and I love my pets, etc., but my kids make the world Awesome to me.  I am not afraid of dying.  I just hope it is before my children, and that they are on their way in life and don't need me as much.  Even at this young adult age, I know they still need Mom and Dad. :)~Melinda


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