How to grieve and maintain your sanity.

A rational and compassionate approach to bereavement



Grief and Grieving for Humanists

The Humanist Approach to Grief and Grieving


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How to grieve and maintain your sanity. A rational and compassionate approach to bereavement. Non-religious individuals who are experiencing grief need a resource that they can turn to as they process their grief. They need a resource that will help them cope, as Humanists, with the emotional trauma that is the grieving process. This is that book. 

While there has been a lot written about grief, not much has been written from an explicitly Humanist perspective. The needs of a Humanist, while grieving, are slightly different from others because Humanists, being rationalists, refuse to allow themselves to be comforted by the false hope of reunion that is a staple of religious belief.

I decided to write this book to help people who are experiencing grief come to terms with it in a rational and compassionate way. After presiding over my first funeral as a Humanist officiant, I realized that a book on Humanist grief was needed. I felt the pain the bereaved were feeling and I longed to be able to provide them comfort. 

Grief is one of the hardest and most profound emotions humans ever experience. At times, it feels like you are losing your mind and that you will never experience normalcy again. While there has been a lot written about grief, not much has been written from an explicitly Humanist perspective.

Humanism provides an excellent framework for coping with grief. It is rational, compassionate and responsible. We accept our grief in the present with the goal of finding a way to live our lives fully despite our loss.

This book is offered to you as a resource that you can turn to as your process your grief: providing insights and meditations to help you contemplate how you approach your grief in the hopes that it might ease your journey somewhat.

If you are considering this book, there is a good chance you are struggling with grief right now. If that is the case, you have my deepest sympathy. I hope my book helps

- Jennifer Hancock

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Topics Include:

    • The Humanist Approach to Grief
    • Talking to Children about Death
    • Coping with Stress
    • Coming to terms with Death
    • Humanist Funerals
    • Suicide
    • Additional Resources
    • and more

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    About the author:

    Jennifer Hancock is considered one of the top writers and speakers in the Humanist world today.

    By sharing her pragmatic Humanist approach to living life fully and intentionally, Jennifer has transformed the lives of those who have been touched by her work.  By encouraging people be the best, most ethical humans they can be, she consistently challenges people to think about and question who they are, what they are and more importantly, how they want to be.  

    What is Humanism?

    Humanism is a highly effective approach to human development. It is as much concerned with personal development as it is with social responsibility. It is probably the most humane and holistic approach to ethical philosophy humanity has ever devised.

    Learn more at my happiness through Humanism blog

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