Have you seen the movie Disney movie Coco? It not, we can highly recommend it. It is colorful, joyful and sends a wonderful message about the spiritual relationship that remains after a loved one has passed. It is about the traditions of Dia de los Muertos, a holiday that originated in Mexico thousands of years ago, but is now celebrated throughout the world. In the Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle and Dia de los Muertos is not a day of sadness, but one of celebration as loved ones who have passed awake and re-connect with those still on Earth. Celebrations take place from October 31 - November 2 and include visits to grave sites with gifts and the creation of elaborate private alters called ofrendas which honor the deceased. There are also parades and family gatherings with calaveras (colorful decorative skulls). Although many cultures have adopted Dia de los Muertos as a common celebration, especially now in the United States, similar celebrations are held at this time of year all over the world. These can be known as Allhallowtide, All Saints' Eve, All Saint's Day or All Souls' Day. Whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, by whatever name, the purpose is the same, to honor those who have passed with love and remembrance.
Here are a few tips that will help you get started on writing a journal after the loss of someone you love.
Keeping a journal has so many benefits, but during a time of grief, the emotional advantages are many. Those who suffer a loss are often bombarded with emotions and memories regarding their loved one's passing. Putting pen to paper with these thoughts can be an extremely positive way to deal with the loss. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider journaling: