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Hard Times: Introduction

Watch Alice Roberts introduce the way humanists support people dealing with difficult times in their lives
We all face difficult times in our lives. We have to deal with the many challenges life throws at us and with sometimes painful transitions along the way. We may lose our health, our freedom, or the support network of family and friends that we’ve relied on. Some of us may find ourselves in life-or-death situations. Our lives can be unexpectedly turned upside down. This week we’ll learn about how humanists cope with difficult times and what support humanists try to offer for those who find themselves in need.
We’ll ask: How do humanists cope when faced with hardship or suffering? In what ways do humanists try to support those facing trauma or tragedy? And why do humanists believe that it’s so important that sometimes specifically non-religious support is available? To help you explore these questions, this week we’ll meet some of those humanists who work with people facing challenging circumstances. We’ll hear from humanists who offer pastoral support in hospitals and in prisons, those who work with people who’ve left high control religions or cults, and those who serve in the armed forces. We’ll learn about what motivates these humanists to do what they do and hear their personal stories and experiences.
Hopefully by the end of the week you’ll have developed a better understanding of the humanist approach to hard times.

This week we’ll hear from humanists working with people facing difficult transitions and moments of hardship or fear. We’ll meet humanists who offer pastoral support in hospitals and prisons, those who work with people who have lost their religious beliefs and their support community, and those working in the armed forces.

From their stories and experiences we’ll learn about the value humanists place on our opportunity to make connections with other people, be that through the chance to have one’s thoughts and feelings listened to, to have another person empathises with your condition, or to have the opportunity to know that there are other people who share the same experiences as you.

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