Humanism in End of Life

Humanists believe that we give meaning to our own lives and that we must think about and acknowledge our mortality to live our best lives.

All people are deserving of a life and death in accordance with their values. To support people with non-religious values, the BCHA is providing resources to navigate end-of-life issues. This includes two guides, End of Life (new eBook for 2023) and Memorials and Grief (2020), which are available online and in audiobook format. These guides discuss issues including the humanist perspective of death, issues in the healthcare system, and emotional support; in the later guide, we discuss planning a memorial and navigating experiences of grief without belief in a higher power. Each guide offers a variety of general and BC-specific resources.

We have also hosted a live-stream panel discussion on these topics.

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