‘Face Reality Now’, a new ‘delusion removal’ service set up by Richard Dawkins, offers the soon to be bereaved an opportunity to confront their dying friends and relations with their mortality.
‘It’s a scandal that people continue to die unaware that really is it,’ explained Dr Dawkins. ‘Now, for a small fee, my service will send trained atheists to reassure the dying that they can forget about any after life nonsense.’
The service also offers a comprehensive after death option in which the funeral cortege is followed by men with loudhailers shouting, ‘Stop comforting yourself with mumbo-jumbo. For God’s sake, he’s dead – deal with it!’
But the Dawkins service has run into difficulties where some friends of the dying are believers, but others aren’t. ‘At a recent deathbed scene,’ admitted Dr Dawkins, ‘my atheists turned up at the same time as a Catholic priest. Things got a bit out of hand with a fight breaking out around the dying man. Still, I’m pleased to say ‘Face Reality Now’ won.’