The Humanist Approach to Grief – Book

The Humanist Approach to Grief and Grieving

by Jennifer Hancock.

How to grieve and maintain your sanity. A rational and compassionate approach to bereavement. Non-religious individuals who are experiencing grief need a resource that they can turn to as they process their grief. They need a resource that will help them cope, as Humanists, with the emotional trauma that is the grieving process. This is that book.

While there has been a lot written about grief, not much has been written from an explicitly Humanist perspective. The needs of a Humanist, while grieving, are slightly different from others because Humanists, being rationalists, refuse to allow themselves to be comforted by the false hope of reunion that is a staple of religious belief.

Humanism provides an excellent framework for coping with grief, but it is impossible to share all that I know about how Humanists approach grief during a funeral. It also wouldn’t do much good even if I could. The bereaved need ongoing support because grief is a process that takes time.

This book is available for bulk purchase for celebrants or other people who help people cope with grief. 

There is also a discussion guide for people reading this for a book club.