"Death renders all equal,” wrote Claudian. How each one of us relates to death, however, is individual, and always changing — as we mature; as we contemplate life, and death, around us; and as society changes. In this special edition of the National Post, we present stories and columns looking at the different ways we see, and prepare for, the Great Equalizer. To read the complete series, click here.
Gretta Vosper occupies an unusual position in the Canadian landscape: she is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, and a committed atheist — a peculiar pairing if there ever was one. But for a new breed of atheists facing the prospect of death, she offers an ideal blend of ritual and meaning with an otherwise anti-spiritual philosophy. Particularly at the most poignant moment of their existence: Their death.
Atheists may disdain the notion of a god and an afterlife, and yet many are inclined to want something more than just the scattering of some ashes and a few kind words of tribute to mark their deaths.
Written By: Charles Lewis
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