Halloween is not just a holiday for dressing up in costumes, partying, trick-or-treating and gorging on candy. It is also the last day of the year in the ancient Celtic calendar. A calendar used by most modern-day Pagans, the Wheel of the Year encompasses 8 holy days. The solstices and equinoxes are quarter days or Lesser Sabbats while the cross-quarter days are the Greater Sabbats. These are Imbolc (Feb.1), Beltane (May 1), Lammas (Aug. 1) and Samhain (Nov.1). All Hallows Eve is the last night of the old year. On this night it is traditional to remember those whom we have lost in the previous 12 months.
As one year ends and another begins, it is our practice to remember all we have lost in the previous year. The list is usually placed upon altars along with pictures and/or other memorabilia. Sometimes the list is recited. I make it available to the community to do any of these or merely to read over the names.
These are well-known people (most of them) who have died since last November 1st. Some names may not be loved but all are remembered and, for those who were sick-of-spirit, healing for their souls sent. Even to those who lived (and died) in the grip of hatred and violence. The ones with an (S) behind their names were suicides; extra healing for their souls. Here is the list from Nov. 1, 2011 through today:
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. ~~ George EliotOur military personnel
Those who died in natural and man-made disasters
Those who died by violence
Dorothy Howell Rodham
Joel J. Tyler
Ivan Martin Jirous
Peter J. Biondi
Lana Peters [Svetlana Stalina]
Oscar Griffin Jr
When I am dead, my dearest,Mary Albini
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget. ~~ Christina Rossetti
William L. Waller
Leka, Crown Prince of Albania
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. ~~ Marcus Tullius CiceroEva Zeisel
Nay Win Maung
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.Gordon Hirabayashi
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
~~ 1 Corinthians 15: 51-57
Wylie Walker Vale
Robert L Carter
Winifred Milius Lubell
The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respectRoger Boisjoly
The way you live, the gifts that you give
In the fullness of time
It’s the only return that you expect
~~ Rush, The Garden
Malam Bacai Sanhá
John F Baker Jr
Roy John Britten
Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. ~~ Quintus EnniusJonathan Idema
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Don Cornelius (S)
You can shed tears that she is goneNorton Zinder
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she's gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Christopher Samuel Youd
Patricia Stephens Due
Luis Alberto Spinetta
Don't be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. ~~ Richard BachZina Bethune
Say not in grief that she is no moreBilly Strange
but say in thankfulness that she was
A death is not the extinguishing of a light,
but the putting out of the lamp
because the dawn has come.
~~ Rabindranath Tagore
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~~ Kahlil GibranRunako Morton
Lord Wedderton of Charlton
And I would search everywhereEstanislao Basora
Just to hear your call,
And walk upon stranger roads than this one
In a world I used to know before.
For now I've lost everything,
I give to you my soul.
The meaning of all that I believed before
Escapes me in this world of none,
I miss you more.
~~ Genesis, Afterglow
Pope Shenouda III
George Tupou V
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
Miguel de la Madrid
The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe. ~~ John HarricharanClaude Miller
Bingu wa Mutharika
Ahmed Ben Bella
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
Charles "Skip" Pitts
Junior Seau (S)
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love. ~~ Washington IrvingMaurice Sendak
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi
I fall asleep in the full and certain hopePhillip Tobias
That my slumber shall not be broken;
And that, though I be all-forgetting,
Yet shall I not be all-forgotten,
But continue that life in the thoughts and deeds
of those I have loved.
~~ Samuel Butler
Bob Welch (S)
Norman F Lent
Henry Hill Jr.
William S. Knowles
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? ~~ Kahlil GibranEvelyn Lear
Charles David Ganao
Richard Darryl Zanuck
Sally Kristen Ride
John Atta Mills
I pass as all things do
dew on the grass. ~~ Banzan
R G Armstrong
Sir Bernard Lovell
Al Freeman Jr
Helen Gurley Brown
Harry (Maxwell) Harrison
Tony Scott (S)
Life is eternal, and love is immortal,Phyllis Diller
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond
Steve Van Buren
Michael Clarke Duncan
Sun Myung Moon
It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; 'tis rather an embrio state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals? ~~ Benjamin FranklinSergio Livingstone
Russell E. Train
R. B. Greaves
Barbara Ann Scott
Walter G. Church, Sr.
Big Jim Sullivan
Niels Ewerbeck (S)
Peter J. Schmitt
Robert F. Christy
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ~~ Emily DickinsonDaphne Slater
Paddy Roy Bates
Amanda Todd (S)
William C. Friday
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. ~~ Albert EinsteinSir Stuart Bell
B. B. Cunningham
Stanford R. Ovshinsky
David S. Ware
Marvin Lambert (S)
Mike Graham (S)
Betty Binns Fletcher
Margaret Osborne duPont
Natina Tiawanna Reed
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because
you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson