Day of the Dead Ritual


catrina-leveledHow old is the habit of denial? We keep secrets from ourselves that all along we know…. For perhaps we are like stones; our own history and the history of the world embedded in us, we hold a sorrow deep within and cannot weep until that history is sung.  — Susan Griffin

The desire to forget prolongs exile; the secret of redemption is memory.  – The Baal Shem Tov


Our 2018 Day of the Dead Grief Ritual, our 21st, was on November 3rd.

Day of Dead, 2004In both West Africa and Central America they say that we are required to offer two things to help a recently deceased person complete his or her journey to the other side and become an ancestor: our tears and our beauty.


Francis Weller (Sonoma County)        

Maria Owl Gutierrz (Marin County)

Earthrites Collective (Sonoma County)

Cheryl Jones (Oakland)

Martin Prechtel (New Mexico)

Malidoma Some´(Florida)



Martin Prechtel Speaks on Grief

— Martin Prechtel on Grief and Praise

— Francis Weller on “The Geography of Sorrow”

— Francis Weller Speaks on Grief

Barry on Popularity of The Day of the Dead

Barry on Rituals of Grief

Barry’s article, “A Day of the Dead Ritual”

— Grief and Our Ancestors: Robert Bly and Malidoma Some´

— Sobonfu Some´on Grief and Recovery

— Carolyn Baker interviews Barry and Maya

— Carolyn Baker: If We Have No Future, Why Grieve?

— Rafael Jesús González on Día de Muertos