Death, ancestors, and the afterlife in my life

I don’t often talk about death within my personal faith, nor it’s importance.  I don’t focus on what comes after and my beliefs about what it is are vague – only the fact that I believe our souls are reincarnated firm in my mind and faith.  But despite the fact that I don’t think or talk about death and what comes after often, death does have a place within my faith.  It has a place through my veneration of my ancestors, something that I began many years ago, but which has taken on a much more personal connection in recent years. Continue reading

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Pockets of Grief

I lived a fairly grief-free life after my 8th year, when my dad’s dad passed away. I understood the concept of grief, but it didn’t often affect me as I grew. And then I lost my great grandfather when I was 16. Continue reading

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain!

Okay, so it’s a little early here for Samhain as the sun is still up – and I’m one of those who celebrates from sundown tonight to sundown tomorrow night – but I figured I’d post now since I’m in between things.  I’ve carved up our pumpkin and named him Fred and I’ve got pumpkin seeds drying out in the kitchen before I roast them.  I’ve got pumpkin meat in the fridge until I’m ready to do something with it.  I’m planning on making my first pumpkin pie, but may wait until tomorrow when I’ve got Joshwa home to try it.  We have another pumpkin, but I got so tired carving the first one, I figure we’ll just cut the second in half, scoop it, and roast it whole since I’ve been told that it’s easier to get the meat out that way. Continue reading