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Dia de los Muertos: Remembering Loved Ones

October 4, 2017

Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a sacred Mexican holiday that has gained popularity in the United States. In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on the first two days of November and it is believed the souls of the departed make a brief return to this world to share in a feast and to bring comfort to the living. This two-day celebration is traditionally filled with dancing, wearing colorful costumes, eating favorite foods, and meeting at cemeteries to spend time at and remember deceased ancestors.

Tu Nidito adapts this custom for our grief support groups during the last two weeks of October by inviting families to bring a memento of the special person in their life who died.  This may include photos or belongings of their special person, or even a gift from them. Throughout the evening, each family has the opportunity to voluntarily share what they brought to the rest of the group. The rest of the evening is spent celebrating and eating loved ones’ favorite foods. The festivities are a beautiful celebration of life and memories.

If you are interested in creating your own Dia de los Muertos traditions, here are some ways you can honor and remember a loved one:

  • Cook their favorite meal.
  • Sort through photos and create a photo album. Write captions beneath each photo describing your memories.
  • Write a letter to them, sharing news and updates in your life that you would want them to know about.
  • Light a candle. Feel the warmth of their memory.
  • Plant a tree in their memory.
  • Volunteer for a cause or donate to an organization that was important to them.

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