Six Suggestions to Honor the Dead

As a child-free adult, Halloween hasn’t engaged me in years. The more I learn about Dia de los Muertos (October 31-November 2), All Souls Day (November 2) and All Saints Day (November 1), I’m shifting my perspective to that of remembering, honoring and celebrating those who have passed on.

If you’re like me, and not that into costumes and candy, I invite you to find a way to pay homage to your deceased loved ones. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Display their pictures, light a candle and reminisce about your favorite memories. Maybe you choose to update them on your life since their departure.
  2. Partake in an activity that you used to enjoy doing with this loved one. Bring to mind old memories of past experiences engaging in said activity.
  3. Cook this loved one’s favorite meal. Place their picture at the dinner table as you eat and remember past meals spent together.
  4. Visit a favorite hangout and bring a momento, or symbol of your relationship, with you.
  5. If you still have an accessory or article of clothing of this loved one, hold it to your heart while picturing their face and then wear it.
  6. Donate to a foundation that supports a cause this loved one believed in (or maybe would have benefited from).

I’d love to hear about any traditions you celebrate to honor the deceased in your life in the comments below!