I’ll warn you in advance, this one is a bit heavy.
Yesterday I found out that an acquaintance of mine from high school suffered a sudden and unexpected heart attack (at age 31) and the doctors weren’t able to save her. She comes from a religious background, so it didn’t surprise me that the well-wishes on the website they set up for her were overflowing with people saying they were praying for the family, or that she is in a better place now; all the usual Christian ways of coping with a death and comforting the family. I realize that this is how they contextualize it and try to make it alright, even if I might find it a bit sad and empty…they’re doing what they have to to move on.
It made me wonder if nonbelievers do something similar.
How do you think about death? Is there any line of thinking that you find comforting? Do you think we should seek comfort after the death of a loved one, or does that somehow diminish the loss?