Does death make life more meaningful? Suitable for:
Does death make life more meaningful?
In this lesson students will investigate humanist attitudes towards death, including the consequences of their absence of belief in an afterlife on the way they live their lives. They will explore whether we should be scared of death and learn how humanists believe that the absence of an afterlife makes life more meaningful, and makes it all the more important to make the most of the one life we know we have. They will also discuss the different senses in which humanists believe something of us does survive our death. Finally they will learn what happens at a humanist funeral and use what they have learned to write their own poem or eulogy. Download
If death were a ......., what would it be? Download
Humanist funeral extracts
Can students find key humanist attitudes towards death in a selection of statements from humanist funerals? Download
A selection of humanist poems and quotes about death to inspire students to write their own poem or eulogy for a funeral. Download
Humanist responses: death
Fill in the speech bubbles with how humanists might respond to statements and questions about death. Download
The River of Life
Using Bertrand Russell's quote comparing human lives to rivers, students explore what they might contribute to the sea of humanity Download
What should we think about death?
(Age 11+) A short animation about a humanist attitude towards death. Watch
(Age 11+) Humanists answer the question: 'Is this the only life we have?' Watch
Celebrations and ceremonies
What do humanists celebrate and how do they mark important events in their lives? Download
Why do humanists believe this life is the only one we know we have, and what does that mean for how they choose to live their lives? Download
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