November 2 is All Souls Day or the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), recognized primarily (though not only) in Mexico where it originated, is celebrated October 31 through November 2. November 2 is a day on which Catholics pray that their deceased loved ones and all of those who have been lost rest in peace.
While this particular day is part of a particular religion, having a yearly day of remembrance for all those who have died is, I believe, important in acknowledging the role death plays in life. Especially during a pandemic, when hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives and millions have lost loved ones, it is important for us to show solidarity with those families regardless of our religious background.
Loss is loss; it is not denominational. Grief is grief; it does not follow a specific religious path. Hurt is hurt and healing is healing.
We would do well to remember all of our family and friends who have passed, all those who have passed because of the Coronavirus, and all those who have been lost over the year to other causes. Whether we know the deceased or not is irrelevant; grievers are grievers and we know the deep pain and sorrow that accompanies loss.
I am a bit behind in my acknowledgment of All Souls Day (and of Dia de los Muertos), but I wanted to offer a prayer on which to meditate as a way of remembering those who have left us.