Halloween was originally a festival of remembrance. It was a time to hold tight our memories of loved ones who had passed, and ward against remembering those who had harmed us. The medieval Catholic Church kept the Celtic festival of Samhain, to use the Irish name, sanctifying it as All Hallows’ Eve.
Even though many people no longer profess a belief in literal ghosts, the memories we have of loved ones keep them alive. As long as people remember, the person still exists.
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”
– Antonio Porchia
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
– Thomas Campbell
“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
– Rose Kennedy
“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes.”
– Vladimir Nabokov
“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?
– Terry Pratchett
“‘There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,’ my mother explained shortly before she left me. ‘If you can remember me, I will be with you always.’”
– Isabelle Allende
“People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long-lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.”
– Michael Bassey Johnson
“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”
– Czeslaw Milosz
“Remembrance restores possibility to the past, making what happened incomplete and completing what never was. Remembrance is neither what happened nor what did not happen but, rather, their potentialization, their becoming possible once again.”
– Giorgio Agamben
“Friends come into our lives and friends leave our lives. But friends never leave our hearts. And best friends always get to stay in the best places in our hearts.”
– John M. Simmons