Respecting the Dead

Samhain is all about respect for those who have passed.  The fall day’s are beautiful right now and it is a wonderful time to visit a cemetery.  As you wander among the stones, ponder the remembrances of all the people that piece of land has affected or influenced.

If you find a family plot or mausoleum, consider the stories of that family.  Remember the war dead or tiny children who have left this earth too early.  Notice that some graves are well tended;  others less so.  To honour the season, perhaps take care of a scraggly plot?  And certainly, pick up any litter you find.

This is also a good time of year to answer the questions of children about death and other mysteries.  In the bright sunshine, pass on your joy of life and respect for death.