Awkward Atheist #114





Getting constant “I’ll pray for you"s when a loved one passes away.

I actually really appreciate it when people say this.

They care enough to put time into doing something that they think will help you. While I don’t think God is real or would help, it does help knowing another person cares enough to spend spiritual time on me.

This is why it really depends on the person and why you shouldnt assume.

I personally would feel no different with “Ill pray for you” as “Im sorry for your loss”.

Im not sure with death that there is anything you can *say* to help though.

Appreciate these little gestures…the person means well and it means they want to end your suffering…they know no other way….they do the same in their own difficult times so just say a thank you

I only partially agree.

If they dont known you well and this occurs thats one thing, but if youve expressed discomfort with it and they do it continually then thats not something to be appreciative of.

I honestly believe that its more respectful to NOT assume and say things like that, but I understand that its a habit to be broken and many people haven’t seen the perspective of why they shouldnt assume yet.