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



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): http://www.wisdombridge.net/       http://www.francisweller.net/

Sobonfu Some´(Davis): http://www.sobonfu.com/

Maria Owl Gutierrz (Marin County): http://www.sacredfuture.org/

Earthrites Collective (Sonoma County): http://www.earthritescollective.com/

Cheryl Jones (Oakland): http://www.weatheringgrief.com/home.html

Martin Prechtel (New Mexico): http://www.floweringmountain.com/

Malidoma Some´(Florida): http://malidoma.com/main/



— Our 2017 Ancestor Shrine 

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?