Many Christians believe atheists are unhappy because they do not have a happy afterlife to look forward like those in the faith. It is difficult to explain to a believer why atheists are happy. A funeral director recently wrote a book about death and it included an explanation atheists would like.
The author says that much of the Christian faith treats death as a punishment, as something that happens to bad people. Here on this blog I regularly have believers tell me how I will be punished when I die. While the author himself is obviously a believer he has a different view of death than some parts of his faith.
He told of the most bizarre experience in his career with dead bodies and funerals. A 50 year old man died suddenly. The family was of the Christian branch which believed in coming back to life from being dead. They performed their ritual of prayers and oils. The widow instructed the author to not close the casket that night so the dead man could leave. When eventually the casket and vault were closed for good she was distraught.
While this story is bizarre, it is no more peculiar than the myth that something called a “soul” lives on after we die. No one has ever seen a soul, let alone one from a dead person.
One happy aspect of leaving Christianity behind is knowing we skeptics have overcome the temptation of believing things about death that are too good to be true.