I believe the body is like a glove..and your "Soul,/Spirit,/Energy" is like a hand inside the glove...the body may die...but the "Soul,/Spirit,/Energy" lives on.. Do I believe that your friend`s "Soul,/Spirit,/Energy" is sitting on a cloud playing a harp?...no...but it goes somewhere..
Well then you take solace in knowing that the elements that he is made up of will eventually make up another life form just as the elements in all of us where from another life form before us. On a deeper level some parts of him are imprinted on you, that you in turn will imprint on others, and in that way some piece of him will live on forever. I too am an Atheist and lost my father when I was 11 years old. This is at least how I choose to see face mortality.
When you die your life ends. Otherwise it wouldn't be called death.<br />
There can be no life after death, because death is the absence of life
I'm going through the same with my Mom being deceased going on 3 months now, I know she's gone and would love to see or feel her present but I know that she is gone for good and never coming back, sorry for your loss.
He will always be in your memory. Yes he is gone.
No, I am a zombie master and I shall bring him back from the grave as a soldier in my army of the risen dead. <sarcasm. Yes, death is permanent. It is the only thing in life that is certain, and when it comes, it is forever.
I am an athiest as well. Your friend is dead forever. For all of eternity. There is no way to bring him back. You have my condolences, and if there's anything you need I will be more than willing to offer myself to help you get over this, but I am sorry to inform you that he is gone.
If you do not want a religious answer...then yes..your friend is dead, rotting in the ground. But there are more ways to keep someone alive, as in keeping their memories alive as you go on