Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos, Latino culture, Parenting, Rosita y Conchita

Talking to Children About the Day of the Dead


It’s officially the Dia De Los Muertos, a remembrance of all our loved ones who have passed onto another world. As Chief Seattle says: 

                                            There is no death, only a change of worlds  

Previous blog entries  have described this “new” ancient tradition of skulls, marigolds, altars and memories.

If this day is new to you, the best way for you and your children to experience the tradition is to attend an event this weekend. Talk about the meaning of this day and that it is okay to talk about the deceased. There are so many memories parents may have of their parents, uncles, aunts, best friends, grandparents or great grandparents.

                                               Share the memories-make some memories

 And one of the second best ways is through storybooks, like the one above. I just read about this book this morning and visited the author/illustrator’s site: Muertoons. I’m their newest fan.

The vibrant illustrations of ROSITA Y CONCHITA and the sweetness of the story make this storybook a keeper. Encourage children to talk about their losses, their memories. Listen to their stories. 

And if you can’t make it to an outdoor celebration, you can always light a candle by a favorite photo of your loved ones who’ve passed, listen to their favorite songs, give them a toast, and let them know you remember them-always. 

Have an enjoyable weekend.