Today ends the multi-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a holiday cherished by those of Mexican heritage. The Day of the Dead has received much more prominence this year, with its own set of postage stamps and many other decorations for purchase. You may have seen the colorful flags or skulls on sale in the Halloween aisle but this holiday is not about tricks. Instead, it is a colorful celebration to remember loved ones who have died and a joyful way for those living to pay their respects.

As we think of honoring those who have left us, I am reminded of a post by @justmadhu: “Everything we say at funerals should be said at birthday parties instead. We leave so much love unspoken.” I imagine you could substitute “Dia de los Muertos” for funerals and the same would be true.

In the spirit of the holiday, take today to bring alive the memory of those you love who are no longer with you — toasting and celebrating their lives and all they contributed to yours. And spend a moment to embrace those who are still among us, sharing your love in person instead of waiting until you do it as a memorial.

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