M. V. Cvitanovic brilliant!
mare323 All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) are annual reminders to remember, honor, and celebrate the dead.
mare323 Today these ancient observances are overshadowed by Halloween, originally observed as the eve of All Saints Day but now more known as a time of costumes, candy, and trick or treating, or by national days of remembrance such as the anniversary of 9/11.
mare323 Yet the ritual of consciously remembering loved ones who have passed is an important spiritual practice in all our lives.
mare323 It brings death into the context of our daily experience and reminds us that dying is not the end.
mare323 In our family three out of four parents are gone now, and it has been too long for us to be in obvious mourning.
mare323 We live too far away to visit their graves more often than every few years.
mare323 Fortunately, we have not lost too many relatives or friends of our generation, but we know the time is coming when we will want to create rituals to help us honor others who have died. As we age, All Saints/All Souls become more important days on the calendar.