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Working Through Grief

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 2. 1 Reply

Hello Everybody;I feel the need to share this with others for their benefit as well as mine.I was a full atheist when my son died in a motorcycle crash at the age of 24.  That was 11 years ago.  He…Continue

My Path

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 2. 8 Replies

So I have arrived at the age of 60 years old and it's been a great journey so far.  I was raised catholic by my swedish born parents here in America; came to the realization at the age of 16 that god…Continue

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Joan Denoo replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
"That should be events. I have to run to get the food out of the oven. "
Jun 2
Joan Denoo replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
"Welcome to the experience of living well without god. There is beauty all around us and god had nothing to do with it. There are also feelings of shame, guilt, fear, confusion, and we have all the tools we need to overcome those evens. "
Jun 2
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Loren Miller replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion Working Through Grief
"He's not really dead. As long as we remember him. -- Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy It's pretty clear that you've kept your son very much alive in your own memory, as well as appreciating the wife and kids who were so much a…"
Jun 2
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Working Through Grief

Hello Everybody;I feel the need to share this with others for their benefit as well as mine.I was a full atheist when my son died in a motorcycle crash at the age of 24.  That was 11 years ago.  He was my only blood son and I raised him as a single parent for many years.  He was my favorite person on the planet and we were very very close.  We always had hugs and kisses for each other even when he was a teen in front of friends. :)  He was the heir to the throne, my knowledge, and wordly…See More
Jun 2
Gary Wahlbeck replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
"Hi Ruth; My grief was not from "deconversion" but was from a horrific life event that I worked through as an atheist.  Regarding the melancholy that Joan refers to is interesting.  I used to have the mind set that "happiness…"
Jun 2
Plinius replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
"Thanks for your post! And I had the same experience; a weight from my shoulders and the joy of freedom has always stayed with me."
Jun 2
Joan Denoo replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
"Ruth, I like your word, "analogy" better than the word I chose, "metaphor" for the living of life similar to a bowl of ice cream. "
Jun 2
Ruth Anthony-Gardner replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
""One of the greatest days of my life was when I decided not to believe.  I immediately had a weight lifted and I have never felt so exhilirated and free." That made me laugh! Of course.  I never felt grief after deconversion.…"
Jun 1
Tom Sarbeck replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
"Ditto, Joan. 100%, Gary. In 11th and 12th grades in a Catholic school I questioned what I’d heard but seven decades later, at 88, I still don’t know why my quitting required some trauma."
Jun 1
Joan Denoo replied to Gary Wahlbeck's discussion My Path
"I like your metaphor of a bowl of ice cream, to eat slowly and savor every bite. I do not remember before I was born and I expect to have no mental consciousness after my physical body turns to dust. My present life, with all its delights and…"
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My Path

So I have arrived at the age of 60 years old and it's been a great journey so far.  I was raised catholic by my swedish born parents here in America; came to the realization at the age of 16 that god did not exist but there are some weird things in the world that are mysterious and Karma is a real thing. I searched every corner of the world's knowledge base for supernature, philosophical "tools for living"; and did some hallucinogenics (which I wouldn't have missed for the world.)  to find the…See More
Jun 1
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"Welcome, Gary! Glad you could join us. :D Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like , Partnership Vision. I look forward to reading your stories.  I…"
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About Me:
It seems that my whole life I have made it my mission to learn as much as I possibly can obout everything on this planet and the universe before I die. This investigation lead me through a path of knowledge, science, logic, philosophy, and religion. All have been useful in some ways, at varying times of my life and I have weighed all the current facts, benefits, and acceptable claims that have been presented by the world at large and after sixty years of life I have determined that I cannot place belief in concepts that cannot be shown to have any logical resolution. I am open to any new evidence that may increase my knowledge base and I am willing to alter my perceptions of what I feel is truth about all things. In other words: I do not believe in anything supernatural or unfounded topic's claims but am eagerly willing to hear new facts regarding such. I have been a non-believer for many years and have been increasingly more interested in atheism. I have recently watched many episodes of The Atheist Experience on YouTube and find that Matt Dillahunty expresses my sentiments nearly to the T. I have joined this forum so as to communicate with like minded people and honestly I feel the need to "unload" some of my thougts and concerns to others in a non-threatening environment, and to share my story with the hope that others may benefit and the world can improve just a little bit more by helping to wake up those that are caught in what appears to me to be pervasive, out-dated, ludicrous beliefs.
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At 6:00pm on May 26, 2019, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Gary! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like , Partnership Vision. I look forward to reading your stories. 

I also recommend Eco-Logical and Climate Concerns, since the climate is changing so drastically.

After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

 
 
 

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