For the fifth year in a row, I have created my own version of a Dias de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead altar. It's in my living room and it contains photos of my deceased family and friends, plus memorabilia. Tomorrow, Nov. 2, is All Souls Day, the day the holiday is celebrated in many Hispanic countries--or in places like California where our Latino population is large. For those who do not know much about the holiday, this article on How to Construct a Day of the Dead altar, might help to understand the symbolism and significance.
There are dozens of different Day of Dead videos at YouTube. I do hope to get to a Day of the Dead art show in a gallery in San Pedro tomorrow afternoon. I have long found that Americans sanitize death, shun it, pretend it doesn't exist except on the day of a funeral. My spiritual director long ago told me to "dance with death" to take the fear out of it. Like so many share with me in journal groups and conversations, most of us aren't afraid so much of death as we are an incapacitating illness that often precedes it. The Day of the Dead is a way, literally and figuratively, to dance with death. So, regardless of your heritage or culture, maybe take a little time tomorrow to remember the angels among us.