Today marks the beginning of Dia de los Muertos, a two-day holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Central American countries and among their diaspora here in Central California. Many people don’t know that Día de los Angelitos (Day of the little Angels) is celebrated on November 1st and happens the day before the big events of November 2. It’s said the spirits of children are so eager to come back to the land of the living, that they run ahead of the adults, who arrive a night later.
This November 1st, Amy's family will remember their beloved daughter, Amy, who died from cancer in 2017 shortly after her 15th birthday (Quinceañera). They will share precious photos, tamales, bread, fruit and other items, and display them at an altar. Her parents, twin sister and other family members will honor her memory, “Amy was kind and cared for others deeply,” says mom. “She loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. She loved her family, especially her little brother.”
This year, the celebration is especially poignant. For Amy’s special wish was that her parents would have another baby – and in early 2019 her mom gave birth to a new baby sister. “All she wanted before she died was for me to have another baby,” mom recalls. “Now I have a new baby and my other two children that I must stay strong for; for Amy.”
At Coastal Kids Home Care we are honored to provide palliative and end-of-life care to children like Amy in Monterey County and bereavement care for their families. Our compassionate services are made possible through the generous support of Hospice Giving Foundation. This November 1st, Coastal Kids Home Care would like to thank the Hospice Giving Foundation for ten years and nearly $1M of support for palliative and end-of-life care for children in our community and bereavement support for their families. On behalf of Amy's family and the other families we have cared for, we thank you.