Humanism in End of Life

Humanists believe that we give meaning to our own precious life 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 and Memorials and Grief, which are available online and in audiobook format. These guides discuss issues including the humanist perspective of death, issues in the healthcare system, 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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Memorials & Grief: A Guide for Humanists and Non- Religious People in B.C.

The B.C. Humanist Association has created two guides to discuss issues that humanists and other non-religious people may encounter around the ends of their lives. This guide, on Memorials & Grief, is for anyone non-religious (humanist, atheist, agnostic) and living with the death of a loved one, or simply interested...

End-of-Life: A Guide for Humanists and Non-Religious People in B.C.

End of life care in Canada has historically been a field of medicine steeped in religion, believed to be the work of Christian chaplains—not doctors—for the purpose of preparing for an afterlife. With a growing number of non-religious people in the world and the multiculturalism of Canada, the landscape of...



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