Sometimes I wish I believed in God. I have mentioned this before. Sometimes I wish I believed that when a person died, they went to heaven. I wish I believed that their loved ones who passed before them would meet them at St. Peter's Gate. It would be comforting to think that they are some place happy. Not just gone.
I also wished I believed that I would see them again. That they would be waiting at the Gates when it was my time to return home. Wouldn't it make grieving and death easier? Believing that it was not Good bye, but See you soon.
People with faith must have it easier. Not that I am suggesting that it is easy for anyone to lose a loved one.
And what do I say to the widower? I'll pray for her? Nope, can't say that. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Nope, that either.
But you know what? I don't believe in God. I believe that God is a concoction made up by people who did not understand something. We are so evolved as a species, that if there is anything in the world that we don't understand (life/death) then it must be because of a higher power. Couldn't be that we just do not understand it. I think that is a little self-righteous.
I live my life believing facts and deriving information and theories from facts. It is a fact that people die. At work, I get through by knowing that animals die. That is how it is. Animals die. People die. Children grow. Time passes. Parents die. Pets die. People die. Maybe it is better, at least for me, to remember and come to accept those facts. It is hard, but everything in life is.