Becky examines how atheists approach the death of animal companions with the help of Nathan and Kristi, but first we chuckle at offensive art and license plates.
- Colorado Bans “GOD” From License Plates
- Catholics demand removal of Guadalupe sculpture
- Mechanoid spider summits Ottawa cathedral; Catholics outraged, while Archbishop’s in on the game
- Mayor threatens In-God-We-Trust critic with arrest for email contact
Pet Loss Resources
- Ask A Mortician YouTube channel
- Orville the Kitty Copter Drone
- Emerson Theological Institute Pet Chaplain Credential
- Summit Veterinary Referral Center social work support services
- Grief Beyond Belief secular resources
[I buried my] deceased pet rats under bulbs. The daffodils were amazing the next year.
–Sharon from Tacoma
It really depends on the kind of bond I had with the animal. Some pets I’ve been really attached to and some I haven’t. I’ll be heartbroken when my [current pet] goes, but unless the others go suddenly, I’ll be sad but not devastated like I’ll be with her. That’s not my atheism, though. I don’t think there’s that much of a difference between atheists and theists where this is concerned. The difference is in what they want to hear – I.e. “She’s in heaven now” vs. “I know it really sucks losing a pet.” I don’t want to hear a lot of flowery nonsense. But that’s just my personality, too, being an Aspie.
–Lissa from Tacoma
I am always sad, but it’s part of the life cycle. I have always had a hard time being attached to anything or anyone though. This has nothing to do with my atheism.
–Robert from Facebook