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Hello darkness, my old friend!

Who will you be remembering at Halloween?

Halloween is lurking around the corner with its scary characters and the suspense of strangers ringing the doorbell for treats. Days draw in and monsters of all kinds run amok in the dark.

It’s all very cathartic for those who like joining in the celebration, but it can also be quite a chaotic and unsettling time. Halloween marks the entry into the darker months and brings to our attention the invisible or imagined souls – good or evil, which surround us.

We suddenly have to shift gears as the clocks go back. The winter is weeks away, and spring…well, that’s just a distant dream.

Initially, Halloween was about remembering the dead. I personally think it should be about celebrating the departed who had a positive impact on our lives. It may be their souls, or simply their legacy, but something of them is most definitely still alive.

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Think about the haunting music by a long-gone artist, which carried you through a tough time, or a late author who described your emotions with an eerie exactness. It might be a life lesson from a loved one, which gave you confidence in yourself. All these are the expression of life after death.

“ Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

– George Eliot

Isn’t it extraordinary to think of the impact we can have far beyond our years on earth? How would our behaviours and decisions be affected if we thought in terms of our legacy? What would we want to be remembered for?

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” George Eliot Tweet This

Halloween. The clocks go back. They project us into the past and, like all changes of season, they remind us of our certain destiny – tempus fugit... They are the time to give thanks for the joy which was gifted to us by the people who have left us. Death needn’t be the scary, unexpected and gory thing represented by the modern Halloween.

The Japanese director Kore-Eda Hirokazu depicted the passage from life to death in a beautiful way in his film, “Afterlife”. When they die, his characters are asked to select one memory to keep for eternity. They make it into a film to take away with them.

  • What is the one memory you would take with you?
  • Who will you be remembering this Halloween?

Please use the comments section below to join in the conversation or email me at charlotte(at)astoryworthliving.com

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