November 2021 Letter From PublisherOct 30, 2021 09:01AM ● By Holly Baker
Holly Baker, publisher
Though not everyone’s favorite subject, death is part of all of our lives. It is something that we often put off talking about regarding ourselves and others, but it can actually be very beneficial and healing to have those hard discussions. This month, we have several insightful articles that handle this delicate part of life, for ourselves and our loved ones (even including how to honor a lost pet).
This is an especially timely subject due to November’s All Souls Procession, which is held in Tucson to honor those we’ve lost with a celebration through the streets. My photo this month is from my own experience at the All Souls Procession. In the early days after my mother’s passing, I “walked” the procession in honor of her, wearing a homemade placard made up of photos and mementos that sparked sweet memories of her. The ritual of searching for photos, making the placard and then walking the procession brought a little more closure and healing. Honoring my grief so openly in a group ceremony was new and I found it healing in a whole new way. Take part in this lively and beautiful event on November 7. See more about the event on page 12.
On page 21, our feature story “Dying Well” highlights some healthier ways to look at death and what we can keep in mind to make this part of life better. Then, meet some of the local professionals who help others through these times, in “The Art of Conscious Dying”, on page 24.
Instead of the traditional talk of Thanksgiving meals, check out “Eat Well to Feel Well”, on page 32, which highlights some fun ways to include ingredients that can help boost mental health and well-being. Try out one of the delicious recipes included and show your family and friends love and gratitude in a whole new way!