On my 26th birthday, the first thing the crossed my mind was that it was my first birthday without my dad although it was already 5 months ago that he passed on. Its the same thought that crossed my friend's mind too as she just recently lost her dad. But difference is that she is so much more positive about it. I'm very glad she has a very positive mind and has faith in God.
Having a strong belief in a religion definately has its benefits. It has helped my mom through the toughest times in her life. I am so thankful for this as I wouldn't know what to do if it weren't for her and her faith in God. I think it helped her find comfort and maybe some answers.
For me, I don't have a religion. I am still contemplating if I should formally accept one. Can one believe in God but do not go through all the formalities to proclaim to be a believer?
If I think I can, I can!