Heaven...... a way of grieving? A little boy with tears in his eyes goes up to his mother and asks what happen to Sam the pet dog. Mom says Sam has gone to heaven to help her son with his grief at his loss. Is heaven a creative creation that mankind has used to help deal with grief? In the cave did man use this as a way of soothing his pain at loosing something dear to him. Could it be that religion especially ideas of heaven have developed purely as a palliative response to death? Is it a form of Santa Claus type creation that happened to stick and gather strength due to the intractable nature of death? Recently I had to council a friend who had suffered a loss and her grief was strong and I found with out the belief in heaven I was tempted to use the heaven scenario to try and help her cope with her pain. This prompted me to think that religion is really handy at times like these but because of my lack of belief in heaven I couldn't help her (with any words any way) Care to discuss?