It's the first time I am having to comfort someone without the fallback of telling them I'll pray for them or that god is there for them. I suppose it's much better now that I can be perfectly honest with myself and with them by not saying something I didn't believe anyway. I obviously won't mention anything about non-belief or how prayer doesn't work, I'm no ogre, but at least I won't be lying either. I'll merely show support by empathizing and offering to do whatever I can in this trying time. I do admit it's a much more difficult situation when you can't just say you'll pray for them, but if I'm honest, compassionate and loving it will be better, because it's something they can tangibly appreciate and make their lot in life easier.
I'm hopeful things will turn out ok; I will be miserable without my mother.