Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day

all-saints-day-poland 2Many religious traditions and cultures designate specific days each year as a time to contemplate death and remember those who have died.

Halloween is the eve of All Hallows Day, now known as All Saints Day. On Halloween we confront the hard realities of death with controlled fear and playfulness.

On All Saints Day and All Souls Day, we pay respect to saints and to those we have personally loved who have died.

Those who attend services during these days will be comforted to hear the name of their loved one read aloud in their spiritual community. Bells will be rung, and candles will be lit. Prayers will be offered for the souls of the departed.

Find time in these days to intentionally pause and honor your loss in a way that is meaningful to you before the challenges of the holiday season begin.

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Dr. Patrick O’Malley is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing in grief counseling. For 35 years, he has counseled individuals, couples and families in his private practice. Dr. O'Malley has recently published a book, "Getting Grief Right" about grief recovery.

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