MANILA, Philippines - Rappler’s editor at large Marites Vitug talks about remembering loved ones as the country observes All Souls Day.
Here’s her video blog.
Death has a way of surprising us. It comes, most unexpected, slithering into our ordered lives.
But every year, during this time, we come together to remember death. Our thoughts go to our dear departed ones.
We trek to cemeteries, columbaries, churches or simply stay home, where the remains of our loved ones are nestled in urns.
Perhaps, All Souls Day, which is seriously observed in our country, is a way of coming to terms with the end of life, with this deep tunnel of the unknown.
It is a day for the living, to fulfill family duty, to embrace, in our prayers, those who have gone ahead of us.
Really, it is hard to know the depths of one’s grief, of someone who has lost a best friend, a spouse, partner, child, sibling or parent.
My father died many, many years ago and, today, this moment seems to be a blur of hospital visits, days and nights of prayer and then the final procession.
But this time, like others, I try to sharpen the focus of my memory lens and remember.
After all, death is our inevitable destination.