The Days of the Dead are October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd; Halloween (All Hallows Eve and Wiccan New Year), All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day. These are days when the veil between the seen and the unseen, the living and the dead, is exceptionally thin. Hardly there at all. We are surrounded by spirits.
For those who believe in life after death, these are the days where deceased friends and relatives come back for a visit. They wander around, visiting and partying under the full Harvest Moon. This is also the time when we’re called to acknowledge their presence, celebrate their life, and pray for their blessing.
Plan the Party
I plan my party by making an altar honoring all my loved ones who’ve passed – friends, family, favorite saints, and pets. I include photos, items that belonged to them, even their favorite food and drink. In honor of my soulmate Molly, there’s a pack of Camel cigarettes without filter, and for my day, a bottle of whiskey. Do the same for your loved ones. Burn a white candle for each on those three days, calling on them to bless you with their presence. Believe me, they will.
Trick and Treat Yourself
However you remember your loved one’s who’ve passed, doing so on these days is extra powerful. They’re actually here. So trick and treat yourself by celebrating these Days of the Dead with them, not to mention all the angels, saints, and everyone else wandering in and out of the afterlife. Acknowledging and celebrating their presence is not only full of grace, it’s also a lot of fun. Celebrate these high holy Days of the Dead and see for yourself how alive our dead ones really are.
Think about this: “Those who we love and lose are not where they were before. They are now wherever we are.” Saint John Chrysostom
Karol Jackowski, Ph.D., became a nun in 1964. She's also been a college administrator, graduate of New York University, manager of a toy store, author of eight books, painter of religious folk art, and sister to everyone she meets. Please visit her website at KarolJackowski.com.