Recently I have been confronted with the inevitable fact that my grandma, who raised me and shaped me to be who I am, is going to die from cancer within the next few years. This has forced me to realize that I need to be able to fully cope with this fact, or I don't know how I'll go on. I've been talking with friends and family about how I don't believe in any sort of higher power, and I'm worried that I won't be able to fully cope with loss because of this fact. Everyone I've spoken to has basically said that belief in a higher power allows them to go on and to accept the tragedy and loss that they've experienced. This leads me to believe that if I don't believe in a higher power, I won't be able to deal with my grandmother's death, and it's got me worried. So I'm turning to my fellow atheists to ask you my question: can those who do not believe in a higher power fully cope with loss, or is belief in a higher power necessary for this to happen?
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