Grief is hard for anyone to deal with. It's a time when family and friends share words of comfort. But for atheists, some of the most common terms like "s/he's in a better place" or "you're in my thoughts and prayers", just don't apply. So what do they do?
In a recent piece in the Guardian, Tiffany White talked about how offering solace during times of grief is different when you are an atheist. Socially accepted platitudes are suddenly irrelevant. There is no better place to go to and no offer of prayer to extend.
Tiffany ended her piece saying:
Even though I wasn't armed with an arsenal of hopeful and optimistic phrases to make her feel better with, I realized that simply being a caring and understanding friend was more important. And isn't that what really matters?
We opened up the question of how atheists comfort grieving friends to Guardian readers. We wanted to know what atheists do or say when those close to them needed comfort. Here's what they told us.