One of the greatest challenges we each face, no matter our beliefs, is to accept the prospect of our own death. Many religions put forward answers about what to expect, not only from life, but also from death, often with the promise of an afterlife. We know much less about the views of non-religious people and humanists, and about the feelings and emotions that arise when they contemplate the end of their lives.

This collection provides a unique expression of the views of humanists on our own mortality. Our research shows that some humanists express worries about not having lived enough, hold regrets about missing out on the future, or share concerns for those who survive them. However, many feel that recognising this is the one life we have is a motivation to live this life well, and they find solace and joy in the impact, memories, and contributions that will survive them when they are gone.

To read the reflections, click on the themes below. You can find out more about the project here.