I thought that I would share things now and again that are very real practices and places that I use in my religious life. Today, I share my beloved dead altar, which is out in our living room where our dead can commune with us. (Our mighty dead altar is in the temple room and is separate.)
On it, we have photos as well as mementos given to us by our loved one or their family. I also have other objects that remind me of the dead here- figurines and statues, feathers of lost rescue parrots, remembrance cards from funerals, jewelry of theirs, and more.
We also have lights set for them, spirit houses for them to live in, a place to burn offerings of incense, and offering plates and cups. There is always fresh water available, and we often share an especially good meal with them.
I have also made sugar skulls (I tend to do them annually around Samhain.) to represent specific people on the altar.
Additionally, many of the animals that I have lost have been cremated, and this is where their ashes reside.
I anticipate showing my son how to make offerings and talk to the dead when he's old enough. Does anyone else have their kids talk or work with the dead?
Below are some close ups so you can see some detail.
So do you have a beloved dead altar? Please share it! I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your regular life.