How Doctors Die

This article has been around since 2011, but it’s always worth revisiting, and frequently comes up in conversations and in social media posts among  end-of-life professionals.  If you — or someone you know — is looking at a future of endless medical interventions to address life-threatening conditions, please read and consider the excellent advice  shared…

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Leaving Christianity is a Lot Harder than it Looks

by Clint Heacock, PhD   If you are in the process of deconstructing your belief system, and possibly thinking of leaving your Christian faith behind, be aware of one sobering reality: it is potentially far more difficult than you might think, for a variety of reasons. Disentangling oneself from one’s religion can be incredibly difficult and…

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What the Bible Says About Abortion

 by Dr. Terri Daniel Ooops. I did it again. I got caught up in a stupid argument on NextDoor.com. But my response was so good that I just had to share it here. Some guy posted about how “God said” something about some issue or another, quoting some scripture passage that he felt made a…

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Religious Trauma is Real

Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash by Christine Greenwald Many folks are familiar with the kind of trauma referred to as “shock trauma.” This is the classic terrible-event-occurred and now the individual is suffering symptoms because of what happened. We call it “shock” because it is a shock to the nervous system. It can result in classic post-traumatic…

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How Christianity is Killing Itself

by Brian Smith www.grief2growth.com     Many years ago, John Shelby Spong wrote a book provocatively titled: “Why Christianity Must Change Or Die”. One might think that title is hyperbolic. But it is? Is Christianity slowly suiciding itself? Increasingly, people are stepping away from religion and church attendance. While the drain in America lags behind…

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Thank God I’m Atheist

  Meet Frank Feldman and Dan Beecher, hosts of the brilliant podcast, Thank God I’m Atheist.  Frank and Dan will be keynote presenters at our upcoming Conference on Death, Grief and Belief, and also guests of honor at our post-conference Atheist After-Party. From their website: You ever feel like the only rational, thinking person in…

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Grief and God: When Religion Doesn’t Help

  In many religious traditions, God is believed to be responsive to the needs of believers, and in difficult times, the faithful turn to God for comfort and guidance. When God is viewed as a benevolent protector that can shield us from harm, what happens to faith — and healing — when God fails to…

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Atheists Know Best

Would you be surprised to hear that Atheists know more about The Bible and religous history than most religious folks do? In 2019, the Pew Research Center did a study on which religous grourps know what about religion, and that’s exactly what they found.  You can find the study HERE, and an excerpt below… —————————————–…

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The Thinking Atheist

Meet Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist podcast, and a keynote presenter at our 2022 Conference on Death, Grief and Belief. Plus, he’s one of the guests of honor at our post-conference Atheist After-Party! Seth  is a broadcaster, storyteller, author, activist, and thought leader in the Atheist community.  Originally the product of Christian fundamentalism,…

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Rituals for Grief and Loss

by Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP   Most of us go through our lives living with a set of assumptions about our sense of safety in the world. But when we face a profound personal loss or trauma, those assumptions can no longer sustain us, and our grief invites us to look for deeper meaning…

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