by Kerry Potter
Come celebrate The Day of the Dead and All Souls’ Day at a candle-making workshop at Dying To Bloom in Nyack on Friday, November 2 from 7-8:30p. Originally celebrated in Mexico, The Day of the Dead is when family and friends gather to celebrate and remember those who have died. All Souls’ Day memorializes the souls of Christians who have died, and is celebrated on November 2, following All Saints’ Day and Halloween.
“Remembering, mourning and ultimately celebrating those whom we have lost can be therapeutic for those of us who need to move on in life after a loved one has departed. A thoughtful and healing ceremony can help us to do this and proceed with our lives in a more respectful and positive way,” says Soledad Soriano-Kaplan, Certified Aromatherapist, Counselor and Meditation Instructor.
At the candle-making workshop, you will be able to create your own essential oil memory candle. Following the workshop, there will be a short, guided meditation followed by a brief introduction of essential oils.
Please bring a photo or personal memento of the deceased to share with the group. We’ll meditate to help connect with your higher self. The candles we create will make beautiful memorials to remember that special someone or pet who has passed.
Light refreshments will be served at the November 2 Candle Making Workshop. The cost is $28.16 per person. You can reserve your place for this workshop online or by calling 845-535-1567.
Dying To Bloom’s monthly “Death Café,” an agenda-free discussion of topics surrounding death, fears, ideas and life itself, will be held on Sunday, November 4 from 2-4pm. While Death Cafés are not considered grief support or counseling, they can be therapeutic for those who have experienced loss or those that simply have general questions about death. To register, click here.
Kerry Potter is owner of Dying To Bloom, a natural burial boutique which supports eco-friendly burials for humans and pets. Dying to Bloom is located at 48 Burd Street in Nyack.