- Humanism is not a faith. It is the belief that people can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.
- Most humanists would describe their beliefs as either atheist or agnostic and reject the idea of any god or other supernatural agency.
- They do not believe in the afterlife.
- Humanists believe that moral values are founded on human nature and experience and base their moral principles on reason, shared human values and respect for others.
- Humanists believe that people can and will continue to solve problems and should work together to improve the quality of life and make it more equitable.
- There are no daily acts of faith or worship and no annual festivities.
- There are no humanist scriptures or religious texts
- Humanists believe strongly in the individual’s right to freedom of choice in the main decisions of life and death and this will have a bearing on discussions about a patient’s prognosis.
- Humanists think that this world and this life are all they have.
There are no particular requirements.
- Some humanists are vegetarian or vegan and many that do eat meat would refuse meat that has been slaughtered by methods they consider inhumane (Halal or Kosher meat).
- any Humanists will want to have family or a close friend with them if they are dying. Some may appreciate the support of a secular counsellor or a fellow humanist.
- Humanists may refuse treatment that they see simply as prolonging suffering.
- Some may strongly resent prayers being said for them or any reassurances based on belief in God or an afterlife.
- The choice between burial or cremation is a personal one although cremation is more common.
- Most will want a humanist funeral; crosses and other religious emblems should be avoided.
- There are no objections on religious grounds to blood transfusion, organ donation or transplant.
- There are no objections on religious grounds to post