Meatspace Report

In case you were wondering, it is entirely possible to have a memorial/funeral service with absolutely no religious overtones (or even undertones, or, frankly, tones). My estimate is that a bit less than half of the people there were atheists… a bit less than a third were openly atheist, though that is a hard thing to know.

I had a blatantly atheist speech prepared, but only on the condition that a drastically religious speech called out for mine. I was very happy to give my non-blatantly atheist speech. Along with many other heartfelt recollections, from many others.

All in all, it was beautiful.

Thanks for your patience.


  1. says

    I haven’t been to many funerals, but the few I have been to, the service was overly religious. It’s good to know there are non-religious ones.
    My condolences for your loss.

  2. Alex says

    My condolences!

    Did your other speech by any chance start with: XX may be dead – but so is God! Ha in your face!

  3. says

    Condolences, Cuttlefish.

    The last funeral service I attended was rather ecumenical, though for a Jewish friend. The widow was Christian. There were no overt religious tones. It was an affectionate, respectful commemoration. Afterward I complimented the rabbi on his warm and sensitive treatment, one that even an atheist could find comfortable and comforting. When I mentioned that I was an atheist, his reply was, “Thank God!” We both had a good chuckle.

  4. John Horstman says

    This sounds very similar to the last funeral I attended, for the father of a close friend. I’m glad it was nice (as nice as a ritual of loss and death can be; while sad, I know from my experience that the reminiscence and socializing can also be quite enjoyable), and I offer my condolences and well-wishes.

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