This story and the question with it comes from an anonymous reader:
My daughter was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy a few years ago and just recently my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ugh! Hit with a ton of bricks. We’re about to go through a major event; fortunately, we have a lot of family and friends to help us out.
We are not religious and never go to church, but we haven’t come out as declared atheists, so I know the inevitable is on its way… I’m sure we’re about to get all kinds of “prayers” and proselytizing from folks with good intentions, but that’s the last thing we need right now.
We can easily blow off the “we’re praying for you” comments and ask that they donate to the MDA or Cancer Society, but I’d like advice on the people that really try to convert us and tell us to go to church, etc.
I don’t need a family fight in the middle of this to add to the stress, but I’d like suggestions on how to push them away if this happens.
Have you been through something similar? How did you handle it?