By Marbella Trujillo ‘19
Celebrating Dia de los Muertos is one of the most memorable, yet heart wrenching events that occur during the fall season. In honor of Dia de los Muertos this year, Immaculate Heart’s Spanish Club decided to put an altar in the chapel, to commemorate our lost loved ones.
When I went to the chapel on Monday with my friends, I noticed how the colorful decorations seemed to lighten the spirit. The walls had pictures with all the deceased family members of IH students, and the altar was filled with faux candles, flowers, and sugar skulls. It gave a sense of home and warmth.
During my time in the chapel, I remembered the Saturday before, where we had celebrated a memorial mass for my Uncle Miguel. My uncle was a great father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and brother. Last year all of that changed. It was a hard time for my entire family, especially my mother, who was very close to him. However, as a family, we learned to keep his soul alive and by doing so, his wife, my Aunt Ines and his daughters, decided to commemorate a mass in his honor on October 31, 2015.
During the mass, my church had an altar of its own featuring two small trees decorated with small tags with the names of all of the departed. (Below)
Dia De Los Muertos should not be a time of sorrow, but to be a time of new hope and beginnings. May all our loved ones be in our hearts forever.