Sunday, November 1, 2009

Remembering

November 1st and 2nd are very special days here, a time when family gets together and celebrates those we have lost. All Saints day is combined with the day of the dead in family celebration and memory. This afternoon will be spent gathering for Sunday lunch, attending a special mass at our little country church, visiting the cemetery, and praying for our loved ones.

This day is especially poignant for me as it is the anniversary of the loss of my Grandad one year ago...which in turn also evokes strong memories of my mother. I will be thinking of them today (as I do every day) and will send a gift of fragrant roses...a favorite of both of them. I have a book my sister gave me that I refer to often, Healing After Loss, and today this is what it says...

"But surely among the richest of these experiences are the times when, with nostalgia and often with affectionate laughter, we share with others our memories of someone we love who has gone on before. We leave such experiences warmed and strengthened by our common history, our commemorations of life and of love."

So with that in mind, I will try to look upon this day not with sadness, but I will concentrate on thoughts, laughter, and remembrances of happy times...

3 comments:

kt said...

i love what your book said (and you too of course)
kt

6p00e54fc021b58833 said...

it is the laughter that never leaves our hearts...i trust that. :) sending love, friend. xx s

Kelly Watson said...

It sounds like a bittersweet occasion. Sometimes I wonder if Americans wouldn't be a little better off if we had our own "Day of the Dead" celebration to honor loved ones lost.

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