At midnight on the 31st October to the 2 November, a feast called Dia De La Muertos - or Day of The Dead is celebrated. It is a Mexican holiday and is observed throughout Mexico, as well as in other cultures. It is a time when family and friends gather to remember friends and family members who have died. The holiday coincides with Hallowmas, and All Soul's Day.
In our western culture, death is a difficult topic to address and most of us are very distant in our way of handling death and grief. In the Latin american culture, while there is still a fear of death, they do not hide their fears. Dia De Los Muertos gives people a healthy way of grieving. With support from loved ones, those in grief can express their emotions through the way that they create displays, make food and art.
So on this Dia De La Muertos, if you have faced loss and are experiencing grief, I extend my heartfelt thoughts to you. I invite you to reach out and talk to others about the loved ones that you have lost, express your feelings of loss, remember the good days and the fun that you had together. If tears want to fall - allow them, give the pain inside a voice; talk, write poetry, do some art, sing, celebrate with a loved ones favourite dinner with family and friends.