This time of year the deceased get a lot of love and attention from their living compatriots. People more openly embrace death around the world. It's said at this time the veil between the two worlds is at its thinnest, allowing souls to cross over. Following Halloween and Samhain comes Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and All Souls Day when Chicanos and Celts alike commune with the dead and make offerings. We think it's no coincidence different cultures through space and time have recognized late October/early November as a time to honor the deceased. Naturally, an abundance of death and dying conferences and gatherings take place this time of year. We're celebrating with a haul of new content in the spirit of these holy days.
Ever wonder why we have Jack-o'-lanterns on Halloween? Watch this short documentary from the creator of the WYD project Johanna Lunn to find out this and more about the history and customs of Mexico's Día de Los Muertos.