About this Course
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Rather than fearing death and drowning in the darkness of grief when a loved one dies, the Mexican culture has an annual celebration of life called Dia de los Muertos. This is a community time for families and friends to gather as they remember those who are gone before them. The colorful imagery of skeletons and skulls is a way to laugh in the face of death, and to remind each other that our loved ones are never truly gone so long as we hold them in our hearts and in our memories.
This class uses colorful projects inspired by traditional Mexican crafts to momentarily step away from grief and focus instead on stories and attributes that celebrate the uniqueness of our loved ones. These traditions have become a treasured way that our family celebrates the life of our teen son who died many years ago.
Each project includes the following:
“An Encouraging Word” – This explanation of the focus for the craft is based in reality, not in sugary platitudes nor shoulds.
Project Instructions – Written instructions and sample photographs are given for each project made with simple, easy-to-find items. Starting with a journaled list of what makes our loved one unique, crafts for this class include: a Celebration Banner, Laughing Skeletons, and a Love Filled Candle Holder.
About the instructor
I am in my second half of life. I am a sometimes-too-independent wife and an always-so-proud mom of seven children, most of whom are grown and wandering the world. I am a voracious reader, a dream-chaser, a wounded hope-er, a born-teacher, and a nomadic gypsy (in my heart). I prefer to live “outside the box” and I hate to be expected to color inside the lines.
I treasure hearing the stories of others. There is a richness found in sharing life experiences and encouraging others along the way. It is an honor to facilitate classes—online and at select retreats—which help participants more clearly understand and interact with their own stories. I have taught people of all ages and am delighted to encourage others to uncover their creativity and pursue their dreams.
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What if I haven’t suffered the death of a loved one? Can I still take this class?
Absolutely! Whether you want to celebrate the life of someone special or want to remember stories of ancestors, this class will still be of benefit to you. Please recognize, however, that much of the discussion in the course materials aims to encourage those who are grieving and helps them find hope in the midst of their loss.
What if I am not “artistic” or creative?
You do NOT need to be an artist to enjoy this class. We will use coloring and making simple crafts to remember loved ones and celebrate what makes them unique. People of ALL creative and artistic levels are welcome here.
This course looks perfect for my friend who is grieving. Can I share the materials with her?
As clearly stated elsewhere on this site, we ask that only subscribers use these materials. However, I can offer a one-month free trial membership to your friend. (S)he can get the discount code from my website www.storyseeker.us Click on the “Classes” tab, then on the “Celebrate Life” link for more information.
I would like to hear more of your story. How can I do that?
Feel free to explore my website (mentioned above). There are links to two blogs I regularly update: The Big Epic is about adventures and Journey2Wonderful is about art. In addition, you are welcome to email me or check out my Facebook page. I look forward to hearing from you!