Hilary Dockray

Grief for Nontheists

  After a hiatus in the Diverse Expressions of Grief series, the series returns with an installment exploring what grief is like for nontheists, or those who do not believe in a deity or deities.   Overview of Nontheism   Nontheism is an umbrella term that covers a range of beliefs characterized by the absence …

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Día de Los Muertos: A Mexican Celebration of the Deceased

Evolution of the Holiday The origins of the modern Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday go back to the ancient Aztecs, the collection of ethnic groups that lived in what is today Mexico. It was originally a month-long celebration overseen by and dedicated to Mictecacihuatl (pronounced ‘Meek-teka-see-wahdl’ or ‘Meek-teka-kee-wadl’), one of the …

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Diverse Expressions of Grief

Loss and grief is a universal experience for everyone, but how we express that grief is very diverse. This Diverse Expressions of Grief blog series will explore how different cultural and faith groups around the world express grief and remember their lost loved ones through symbols, prayer, art, poetry and prose, mantras, rituals, and more. …

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