What is a Day of the Dead Altar? And how can this celebration bring comfort?Yesterday began the three-day celebration of honoring the dead. Some believe the veil that separates our physical world from eternity is thin during this time of year. And these are the days the spirits of the dead return to their earthly homes. That’s why some people set up a Day of the Dead Altar. It’s an opportunity to celebrate, rejoice, and revere the lives of departed loved ones.
If you chooseThis holiday can be your opportunity to shift into Mindful Grieving. Try one or more of these activities as a purposeful celebration. See if it brings comfort and a greater sense of peace.
• Say the name of your loved one often. • Bring out their pictures and talk about what’s happening in the photo. • Write or share with someone stories about your loved one. • Hold or wear their clothes. • Display and enjoy their favorite foods, drinks, colors, flowers, and note-worthy objects. • Go to the cemetery and decorate. Bring flowers and light candles. • Set up a special place in your home with pictures, candles, flowers, and mementos.
But rememberYou have permission to do none of it. Whatever you choose to do, or don’t do, be Gentle with yourself.
A final thoughtIn many ways COVID is a blessing for the grieving – expectations are limited this year – • No one is expecting us to dress-up for a Halloween Party. • No one is expecting us to show up and hand out treats. • We don’t even have to put on our I’m-Doing-Ok mask because we aren’t around others. If you do have a Day of the Dead altar, share a picture with me. Let me know how it helped you with your grief. Love all around, above, below, to the left and to the right, before you and behind you, Georgena
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