May 2016 Newsletter

Next general meeting, May 18

Meetings are at Irish Embassy, 900 Main Street Durango

Dinner, for those interested, from 5:30PM.

Discussion starts at 6:30

The discussion topic for this month: Grief Without Belief

Presented by Maria Doucette. Atheists must come to terms with the reality that when a loved one dies, we will not be reunited with them in a golden after-life in heaven. Non-believers face the fact that we humans are not the center of – or the reason for – the ‘creation’ we see around us. We accept that our time is limited, that all life is precious and that the loss of loved ones is an inevitable part of our existence. Easy to absorb in the abstract, but extremely difficult when the time comes for us to grieve the loss of someone who is dear to us.  Maria says: “I would like to do a contrast and comparison of the stages of grief and how they relate to people who do not have a higher power to rely upon. I have seen firsthand how believing in a higher power makes grief easier in some ways. Atheists often comment that the only thing they envy about people who have a faith in God is their belief that they will be able to see their loved one later and that it is part of God’s plan.”

Maria says: “I would like to do a contrast and comparison of the stages of grief and how they relate to people who do not have a higher power to rely upon. I have seen firsthand how believing in a higher power makes grief easier in some ways. Atheists often comment that the only thing they envy about people who have a faith in God is their belief that they will be able to see their loved one later and that it is part of God’s plan.”

 

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