Empathy Cards for Atheists May 5, 2015

Empathy Cards for Atheists

Okay, they’re not specifically for atheists, but they might as well be.

Emily McDowell created a series of cards you might give to someone going through a struggle… without any of the religious platitudes or appeals to the unknown we’re used to seeing:

McDowell writes:

I created this collection of empathy cards for serious illness because I believe we need some better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A “fuck cancer” card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most “cancer cards” focus on.

With Empathy Cards, my goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand. I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.

These are so much better than the “God’s looking out for you” bullshit most people offer.

You can buy any of the cards right here.

(via @stevesilberman)


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