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Steven Mading's Avatar Jump to comment 2 by Steven Mading

I find the tendency of religious groups to exploit the intense emotional pain and separation anxiety of the death of a loved one as a tool to reinforce their propaganda utterly rephrehensable. A co-worker died several years back - he was a nonbeliever and was quite adamant about it. Since he died rather young, unexpectedly of a surprise heart attack, he had no will made out, and no suggestions on record for how to conduct his funeral. So his mourners got the default religious service. - Massively religious. Sheer utter shameless exploitation of the emotions of the survivors. I can't stand going to religious funerals anymore because of the anger that wells up in me - how DARE these people exploit my grief like this. I came here to remember a passed friend. The eulogies by close family and friends are always much more useful than the propaganda-filled eulogies given by the clergy.

Ms Anonymous - you shared a painful memory with us and that took courage. I wish you the best of luck with your book and hope it helps you work through the grief you must be feeling.

Sat, 27 Jan 2007 16:40:00 UTC | #17478