a slightly macabre edition for Spooktober and Día de los Muertos 👻
Once again your writing is a balm. My mother-in-law died this morning. She didn't like the pagan elements of Catholicism, but I love them and find the comforting and fascinating.
I read The Long Night of the White Chickens almost 30 years ago. I still think about it.
Can I add a book into the recommendation mix? The Fish that Ate the Whale - the life and times of the Banana King, Sam Zemurray - President of United Fruit
I feel that the spirits of our loved ones never really leave us -- they're engrained in the wells, as you mention, and in our air, in the books we read, in the music we listen to, and the conversations we have with others, which sparks a little, "Oh, this feeling. It feels familiar. Like home."
I also think that the West really puts a 'close' to death, as well as views death and sickness leading up to death as something to be avoided - rather than celebrated!