I hope this post finds you well. This will be a two part post, as I intend to share what I have done to honour this chiefly Mexican and American celebration tomorrow. What attracted me to the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is the idea that it is not exclusive. All can take part and honour those who have gone before, in whatever way feels comfortable to them.
Traditionally, Day of the Dead celebrations involve the building of an ofrenda or altar, but as I will share tomorrow, that’s only one way. Writing music or poetry, or simply spending time writing or drawing in a journal are equally effective ways of participating in rituals surrounding the Day of the Dead.
Of course, we remember all year round, but I think it can be useful to take part in established ritual, as it legitimizes our grief experience. It’s always helpful to spend time remembering and reconnecting. Sometimes it can be challenging, but it’s worthwhile to at least consider the possibility.
Our online friendships are vital in making us who we are in many ways. There is no way of telling who we would be without our interactions with online friends. Those who have never experienced online friendship can only understand it within their experience. It’s only on rare occasions that their understanding comes close. All we ask, of course, is that our friends are recognised alongside other loved ones, their friendship being no less valuable just because it was virtual. Virtual does not mean shallow- as we all know, online friendship can be very deep, close and personal. Once a bond is created with an online friend, it never goes away.
With two days to go, I’d like to invite you to participate in an event which encourages celebration of our departed loved ones in a virtual community. I intend to share my offering with them, and with you, tomorrow.
What do you do to remember? Please feel free to leave a comment.
Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,