I am an Atheist and I don't believe in Heaven. This means no second chances, no rewards, no reunions with previously deceased loved ones, and no eternal life beyond this mortal coil.
It also means this is my one and only chance to do the best I can with my life and I need to live it accordingly, fully cognizant of the knowledge that I don't have the luxury of a second chance or the benefit of absolute forgiveness when I reach my end.
It will mean I cease to exist. No regrets, no memories of passed opportunities, no watching over loved ones as they suffer through life as I did. I won't miss me or my life because I will never know I'm gone.
Others may long for the afterlife and the rewards that come part and parcel with it, but for me, death without an afterlife and a peace born of finality are the only rewards I desire. I live my life for the eventual promise of peace.
However our views may align or differ, all of us left to mourn our loved ones will experience loss and grief with the same heavy hearts. Today, I wish you whatever peace you can find, in whatever way helps you to shoulder your burden.
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