Late autumn seems to lend itself to thoughts of mortality. As days shortened and sunlight faded, it seemed to ancient people that the gap between this world and the next was thin, and their thoughts turned to their departed loved ones. Several religions set aside holy days at this time to remember those who have died. On November 2, Catholics observe All Souls' Day while Latin Americans celebrate Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). At this time of year Pagans also observe Samhain, a time to remember the dead.

Beliefnet invites you to spend a few moments contemplating the spiritual mystery of death and rebirth, as expressed in the prayers of various religious traditions, while you remember your beloved dead.

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