— Laura D., Bloomingdale, Indiana
I think many readers will empathize with you and would put their situation in the same terms. It's much easier to walk out of a church or temple than to find a new place to walk in. You may expect that I have a long spiritual answer for you. Let me cut it short by referring you to Life After Death, a book I wrote in order to give the most thorough argument for the afterlife that I could find. Because you are around the dying all the time, it would help for you to go deeply into this subject. You don't have the luxury of escaping it, which is what most people do. Nor is it an idle topic. Much in your life depends on sorting out the relationship between life and death.
As for finding God, I think for you the best thing would be to solve your lonely feeling first. Even though you don't live in a major city, I'm sure that there are groups or churches somewhere nearby where people would welcome you on the terms you offer: You are a troubled seeker who wants new answers. So are they. Find the like-minded and experience fellowship and support from them. You are a born helper. It's time you helped yourself by nourishing the part of you that wants to belong and be comforted. The God part comes in due course.
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