“The eternal world and the mortal world are not parallel, rather they are fused.” 
 All Souls Day is a reminder not only of the inevitability of death, but also of our connection with eternity.  

  “Death carries us home where “… all that we seek – goodness, unity, beauty, truth, and love – are no longer distant for us…” 


It is human and natural to grieve for those who we have lost and the pain of loss is often not that far from the surface. Many people find this time of year very difficult, because we do feel sad and miss those whom we have loved. Maybe some comfort can be gained from these words.


  • Combined post on All Saints and All Souls Day 2011 here
  • Combined Post on All Saints and All Souls Day 2012 here 
  • All Saints Day 2010 post here
  • All Saints Day 2011 post here 
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Click here for my post from 2012 on Trusting In The Providence of God which also relates to this time of year when many feel the acute pangs of grief.

Here’s the poem by John O’Donohue on Grief from the post above.

For Grief
When you lose someone you love,
Your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you gets fragile,
Your thoughts make your eyes unsure;
And some dead echo drags your voice down
Where words have no confidence.
Your heart has grown heavy with loss;
And though this loss has wounded others too,
No one knows what has been taken from you
When the silence of absence deepens.
Flickers of guilt kindle regret
For all that was left unsaid or undone.
There are days when you wake up happy;
Again inside the fullness of life,
Until the moment breaks
And you are thrown back
Onto the black tide of loss.
Days when you have your heart back,
You are able to function well
Until in the middle of work or encounter,
Suddenly with no warning,
You are ambushed by grief.
It becomes hard to trust yourself.
All you can depend on now is that
Sorrow will remain faithful to itself.

More than you, it knows its way
And will find the right time
To pull and pull the rope of grief
Until that coiled hill of tears
Has reduced to its last drop.
Gradually, you will learn acquaintance
With the invisible form of your departed;
And, when the work of grief is done,
The wound of loss will heal

And you will have learned
To wean your eyes
From that gap in the air
And be able to enter the hearth
In your soul where your loved one
Has awaited your return
All the time. 
– John O’Donohue
To Bless the Space Between Us

Time for some music..
Like the song by Carrie Newcomer says, 
it’s a time for a gathering of spirits.

Click here for link to lyrics.

Back to John O’Donohue This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.”

From “To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.”