Day of the Dead - reflection for living

'Dia de los Muertos,' Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd to commemorate the death of a loved one.

'Dia de los Muertos,' Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd to commemorate the death of a loved one.

Each year, Mexican families build 'ofrendas' – or home altars – in a personal and joyful way – to honour those who've died. Photos, flowers, and items belonging to the deceased may adorn the ofrenda.   

It is a practice now being embraced worldwide.

La Trobe University will hold Day of the Dead events with Victoria's Mexican community across the weekend. 

La Trobe's,Dr Colleen Nordstrom is a palliative care expert and believes the ancient tradition of Day of the Dead can be a way of helping all of us grieve and face our own mortality. 

'The ofrendas are a creative way people can connect with their loved ones and talk about them with others as well. These personal altars offer a different slant on death and mourning. 

'Death and dying will happen to all of us, yet finding ways to have discussions about this universal truth can be really tough. Day of the Dead can be a powerful way to begin such a conversation.' 

La Trobe University will hold a Day of the Dead symposium at the National Gallery of Victoria this Sunday.

As well as a stunning ofrenda on display and Mexican performers, there will be experts in grief and bereavement, palliative care, art and healing all speaking and taking questions throughout the day.   

For info/registration, email; bhc@latrobe.edu.au

Media;Catherine Garrett 9479 6565

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