All Souls’ Day offering: Dia de los muertos


I used to do traditional American for Halloween: pumpkins, scarecrows, etc.



Then, some years ago, a very sophisticated friend gave me a set of Dia de los Muertos figurines: skeleton nuns playing musical instruments.  I didn’t take good care of them, and they lost limbs along the way; I don’t think any of them are whole anymore.



And then I found out that, if they were perfect, they would be very valuable.






Anyway, broken limbs and all, I started using them in a Day of the Dead display (see above photo).  I supplement it with all kinds of things: photos of my dead relatives and friends,  a business card from one of my dead bosses, the funeral notice from a friend who died last year, lots of little things that belonged to my parents while they were alive . . .



I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now.  Every year there are more people to commemorate. 



Every night, through most of October and right up to November 2, I try to light my candle every night, and actually muster up a thought or two for the people who have gone ahead of me on the road.



It makes the prospect seem less lonely, somehow.



Happy Day of the Dead.



About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

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