I am a retired social worker living in Idaho. I recently decided to come out-of-the-closet and admit that most religious creeds and dogma are not something I believe in. Most my life I have been an active, believing "Mormon" but have recently changed that status. I hope to add something to friendly discussions about leaving your comfort zone religiously -- particularly later in life.
The common thought is that as we approach the inevitable, we have a tendency to fear death -- or at least the unknown -- as we approach that inevitable event. I can't explain why this does not fit my thoughts and feelings, but since I have finally admitted to myself that I don't believe in the kind of religious beliefs about death, I feel calm. I am more happy with life. I am more in awe of nature. I am kinder to friends and relatives. I have a love of life that didn't exist when I tried to believe in life after death. Is this crazy -- or is it loving life.
I saw a newly-born lamb last week. It was amazing.
I also went to the funeral of my closest brother. He is a loving man. A good man. Both the new life and the old are more amazing to me.