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  •  I had similar feelings, which I find very (8+ / 0-)

    difficult and uncomfortable to express because they'll likely be misinterpreted. I imagine, given the tragically high number of families affected, that there are unbelievers among the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Who speaks for them, especially when they don't have the comfort of believing their child "is in a better place"? It would be helpful to at least acknowledge the probability that some family members are atheists, agnostics, pantheists, deists, or something other than the traditional belief systems, because they too mourn.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:48:08 PM PST

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    •  I was thinking the same thing. (3+ / 0-)
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      "It strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems" - Kurt Vonnegut

      by jazzence on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:49:26 PM PST

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    •  FWIW, my grandma was an atheist (8+ / 0-)

      But when I told her two of my friends, one of them Jewish and one Muslim, said they were praying for her when she had surgery, she wasn't offended. She just said "I guess it couldn't hurt."

      Interestingly, right before she died I had my mom read her a letter I wrote to say goodbye, and when my mom read the part about how I hope she'll be looking out for us she said "definitely."

      And when a rabbi came to see if she wanted to talk, he asked (in a respectful way) about her beliefs about the afterlife, and she said "I guess we'll find out."

      Even though she never believed in g-d I think the thought of an afterlife gave her some comfort in her last days.

      But I see your point...as a Jew, I always felt uncomfortable with Christian prayers at public events. I imagine for an atheist any prayer probably feels that way.

    •  They did acknowledge them in the very (4+ / 0-)
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      beginning along with those of faith.  Each church is open to those of other faiths, or no faith, for counsel.

      "Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet" — Maya Angelou

      by hyper on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:07:07 PM PST

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