The Humanist Resource Connection is dedicated to organizing resources that foster the understanding, discussion, advocacy and application of the principles of secular Humanism.
Today I went to my first Humanist memorial service. It was a beautiful, clear day and we met at a state park, bordering on the ocean. The Humanist group in my area is fledgling, so there was no celebrant. The group organizer coordinated the event and began with a few words about the deceased. This was followed by a remembrance from another friend, and then we all walked a short distance to a spot where a tree would be planted in the man's honor.
The widow and their son carefully poured some of the ashes in the hole where the tree would stand. The tree was placed and then most of the people in attendance took turns carefully contributing shovels of dirt. The assembled returned to the shelter for refreshments and more memories. The event was beautiful and understated.
Lately as I compiled the resources for the Death & Grief section of HRC, I've been thinking a lot about how we as Humanists celebrate those who go before us, how we grieve and how we make sense of the temporary nature of our lives without a belief in an afterlife. It has been somber work to be sure, but inspiring in a way. Helping each other through life's tribulations is part of what Humanism is all about. And there are plenty of resources out there, from books to videos to Humanist celebrants to even a Facebook support group.
Recent HRC Blog Posts
- What Humanists Need to Know No. 5 - May 5, 2012 Week in Review
- What Humanists Need to Know No. 4 - April 28, 2012 Week in Review
- What Humanists Need to Know No. 3 - April 21, 2012 Week in Review
- Week in Review No. 2 - April 14, 2012
- Transcript of debate between Richard Dawkins and Cardinal George Pell
- Week in Review - April 7, 2012
- A Little Background on Easter
- Transcript of Congressman Pete Stark's speech at Reason Rally 2012
- Transcript of Jessica Ahlquist's speech at Reason Rally 2012
- Transcript of Richard Dawkins' speech from Reason Rally 2012