I'm speaking specifically about the departure of loved ones. Have any of you non believing parents used the Heaven concept to ease the grief of an upset child? I've been thinking about this quite a bit this morning. Despite not being religious I could understand why an atheist parent may comfort their child by saying that their loved one has moved onto a better place. I'm not trying to trivialise anyones belief but as an atheist parent do you see the Heaven idea along the same lines as Santa or the Tooth Fairy? By that I mean that even though you don't believe in such things, you can appreciate the benefit they may have for a child. Or do you feel that you should just be honest and explain that they are gone but it is important to remember them? To borrow an old yet relevant cliche "No one is gone as long as we remember them, they live on in us". If you aren't a parent, do you think you would? Try to imagine how hard it must be to look a crying child in the eye and explain death to them. I honestly can't decide. I think I'd go the honesty route but I suppose a lot of it would depend on my partner too. Side question: Do religous parents have a problem with atheist parents adopting their beliefs falsely? Do you see it as a hypocrisy?