Autumn is here. You are dreading the impending arrival of Halloween, the excited children trick-or-treating, the parties and decorations everywhere.

It all brings back memories of past Halloweens, when your child was also here to celebrate it. The gory death-related motifs and costumes upset you.

The first two Halloweens after my son Steven died, my husband and I hid away with our dog in our local country pub for the evening. Then, I decided to do something different: to begin to begin to create new traditions which would hopefully help me get through the many family holidays and celebrations of the season.

I felt guided to go back to the origins of this festivity -the Celtic Pagan Festival of Samhain- (pronounced ‘Saween’ or ‘Sawiin’) on which the modern Halloween is actually based, although it bears little resemblance.

Samhain is a time to honour and remember deceased loved ones, a time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld are believed to be at its thinnest, and communication with those in spirit becomes easiest.

I spent many hours researching, collecting and performing the ancient Pagan rituals and spiritual practices of Samhain, and I wrote and published a complete guide -a labour of love- to be able to share them with other bereaved parents.

Many of the rituals in the guide can be practiced during the whole year to continue to ‘reconnect’ with your child in spirit.

Get your free copy of the Samhain Guide for Bereaved Parents from the Downloads Page. I hope it will bring you some comfort.