Posted by: Take Flight | October 30, 2009

Honoring the Day of the Dead

As glowing, carved pumpkins greet you at the door,
And people open up their homes to anyone this one time of year,
With costumed children’s reach for candy – and then some more.
Let’s welcome in our ghosts and their precious memories. Let’s release our fear.
For the Day of the Dead is ever so near…..

According to Wikipedia, the Day of the Dead, El Día de los Muertos (or All Souls’ Day), is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd by Mexicans and all Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. They honor their departed family and friends by praying for them and sharing precious memories with one another. They often build private alters for them with some of their favorite food and beverages or possessions from their time on Earth. They also visit their grave sites with these gifts.

Why not join in on this beautiful celebration? It gives us an opportunity to reconnect with those we’ve lost and to keep them alive forever in our hearts. Why would we want to banish memories of those who have meant so much to our lives? Take this time to recall your cherished ghosts from your past.

Reserve an area in your home to place candles and photographs of your loved ones who have past on. Spend some time alone and/or with your family and friends to reflect on how these dear souls impacted your lives. Share your stories (especially the humorous ones), thoughts, and feelings. By doing this you not only honor your loved ones who have gone on – you also deepen the bond you share with those who live on.

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  1. You are right, let’s spend time with our loved ones no longer present “in person”. I like to do this in writing, photos not far and playing music they loved. I wrote to my mother in my diary, to dearest friends too. They are always present in my heart but on that particular day, they were even closer since writing is sharing a part of one’s soul. And isn’t death a part of life ?

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  2. Thank you for your lovely comments. Sounds like you keep your loved ones very close at heart- in your hand with your pen and ever present. And yes, I so agree death is a part of life. It is of 100% certainty that we will all arrive there – and I believe it can help us to really LIVE each moment while we can. Our loved ones who past are still there to help us along in our journey — and especially at the end.

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