How 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
On November 2nd, 2019 we led our 22nd annual Day of the Dead Grief Ritual.
I am convinced that we would solve many things if we all went out into the streets and uncovered our griefs, which perhaps would prove to be but one sole common grief…The chiefest sanctity of a temple is that it is a place to which men go to weep in common. A miserere sung in common by a multitude tormented by destiny…It is not enough to cure the plague; we must learn to weep for it. Yes, we must learn to weep! Perhaps that is the supreme wisdom. – Miguel De Unamuno
In 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 (Hawaii)
Earthrites Collective (Sonoma County)
Cheryl Jones (Oakland)
Martin Prechtel (New Mexico)
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