Cycle of Life

Commemorating life changing events for members of Nexus.  Births, Graduations, Marriage, Divorce, Moving in and Moving out.  Diagnoses and Cures.  Deaths, and Remembrances.  If it affects you and you want to share or announce, feel welcome.

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Commemorating Events of our Lives

Please join if you wish to commemorate the events that shape your life.

 Whether it's a new baby, adoption, triumph over adversity, a medical diagnosis, a success, or a loss.  Celebrate, or grieve, the loss of a loved one, respected mentor, role model.  If it moves you, or you think it will move others, this is a good place to share the experience.

You can post either as a comment on the comment wall, or in a discussion.

Discussion Forum

A tribute to my father

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 12, 2014. 1 Reply

So, I guess most of you here know that my dad died back in January of complications of Parkinson's disease. There have been times that have been rough since then, but I'd think it's all part of the…Continue

Green Burial

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 30, 2013. 1 Reply

When I go, this is what I want. White Eagle Memorial Park. From their website:  20 beautiful acres set within…Continue

Tags: heritage, death, life cycles, natural burial, green burial

How do you commemorate a major life event?

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Dec 11, 2012. 5 Replies

My family planted trees for births and deaths.  Of course, there were official events too, like weddings, chili suppers at church, barbecues if weather permitted, dinners, wakes and funerals.I used…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 12, 2012 at 11:16am

GREAT video, Russell.  No wonder you're celebrating 33 years together.  What a classy act.  Your wife is a lucky lady.  You get a gold star in my book! 

Comment by Russell Pangborn on December 12, 2012 at 9:09am

Thanks for doing this Sentient. There should be a way of sharing good times and bad times with the community.  For me I am going to Quebec City this weekend to celebrate my 33rd wedding anniversary.  (An atheist and a devout Christian made it last by being tolerant of each others views)

A few years ago I blindsided my wife with an appearance by Zorro (one of her fantasies) and recently posted this video of the event.  Her reaction is priceless.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 11, 2012 at 9:23pm

DANIEL!  CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!  I couldn't be happier for you.  How proud, and validated, you both must feel.  I'd like to say more to express my feelings, but I actually feel a bit speechless with elation for you.  Big hug to you guys!  :)   --Carl 

Comment by Daniel W on December 11, 2012 at 8:44pm

Thanks all for joining the group.  All groups take a while to get off the ground.  If you are talking with anyone who wants to make note of any event or passage, please encourage them to join and post.  Sharing these events will help us build a sense of community.

There were several things that prompted me to realize this group is needed.  I am remiss if I don't include one here, my own event.  This is me and my partner, Ning, getting married today in Vancouver Washington. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 11, 2012 at 12:33pm

Thank you for inviting me to join this group.  I believe this is an important area of discussion that directly affects all of as atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, especially since so many life changing events in our lives traditionally often have religious overtones. 

I'm very saddened to see the news about Ajita Kamal.  What a horrible and unnecessary loss of a young life.  Perhaps forming this group will be just one way to celebrate his life and to honor his short life. 

Comment by Daniel W on December 11, 2012 at 11:39am

A loss, belatedly noted.

Ajita Kamal was a member of Nexus.  He was active in the atheist movement in India as well.  His Nexus group, Naturalism, still has 304 members.  His death was announced in Jan 2012, in India.  He was 33 years old.  I've done several web searches.  The cause of death was never determined, as far as I can tell on the internet.  He may have been murdered, or in an accident or altercation.  "Incident" is how the death is described.  His body was found in Tamil Nadu, in India.  He founded Nirmukta, a freethought / secular humanism group in India.  Kamal was an evolutionary biologist and musician.  


This is old news to some.   I was reminded of Mr. Kamal's passing when I saw in the sidebar that his group is still active. So Kamal's influence lives on.

As start for this group, which is intended to mark occasions both joyous and solemn, Kamal's passing is a thoughtful way to begin.

This year, of course, the freethought community lost Christopher Hitchens as well. Kamal was far less famous, but his activism is an example for us.


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