Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015)

“My words taste of you
I await the fall,
when October thins
all barriers,
and you feel me, still

loving you through the Veil.”

Welcome to Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances.

This year, we are using fiction, crafts, poetry, sculptures, painting, myths, and a slice of life or three to celebrate the memories of loved ones who no longer dance in the world of the living.

The journey started with “‘Til Death”, a painting by Sunshine Shelle. You saw the work in progress in the first pre-party post; now you get to witness the magic of the finished piece. For the chance to win “‘Till Death”, a customized painting by Shelle, and/or a $20 voucher, fly over to “Loving You through the Veil” and enter the first Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaway.
1. Til Death, by Sunshine Shelle
The celebration was carried forward by Three Cats and a Broom, in the shape of Davide Corsi’s The Ghost Tarot; read Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes, to enter the giveaway.
2. The Ghost Tarot, from Three Cats and a Broom

No remembrance event would be quite complete without a graveyard. So please follow the link to “A Rattle and a Wee Book on Her Grave”, for a chance to win the Gothic Miniatures’ handmade book that inspired the tale with the graveyard in it.
3. Graveyard Mini Book, by Gothic Miniatures

At the heart of Death Rites and Remembrances, Eliora’s Loved One Honoring Ritual Chest planted the seed that sprouted a poem of “Love, Death, [and] Memories”. Losing someone we love hurts, regardless of circumstances… Eliora’s giveaway offers gentle soothing for the soul.
4. Ancestor - Loved One Honoring Ritual Chest, by Eliora

Speaking of soothing, Alchemy & Ashes’ giveaway contains Salem Village Cider Soap and a Spiced Orange Lip Balm, which should offer needed calm… while we “Remember the Witches”.
5. Handmade Soap and Lip Balm, by Alchemy and Ashes

The sixth (and last) Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaway is a virtual basket put together by Magic Love Crow, Rhissanna, Touch of the Goddess, and the Wickedest Witchy Writer of Them All (yes, moi). Just open the door to my previous post, to delight in Seven Dark Haiku and a Basket Full of Yum.

“Evermore” (detail), by Magic Love Crow
6. Evermore, by Magic Love Crow (detail)

“Skull Tea Set”, by Rhissanna
7. Skull Tea Set, by Rhissanna

“Clean and Clear Smudging Mist”, by Touch of the Goddess
8. Clean and Clear Smudging Mist, by Touch of the Goddess

From Magaly Guerrero:
~ a $31 credit for any of the shops sponsoring the party
~ an e-copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories
~ an e-copy of Thorn in Red
~ and, an e-copy of Blooming Howls
9. Books, by Magaly Guerrero

Instructions for the Wicked darling Partiers

Please leave me a comment sharing your thoughts about this post or about what this year’s party did (or is doing) for you. At the end of the comment, add the title of your post and the direct link to it (for an example of what I mean, read the first comment). Every couple of hours (while I’m awake), I will add your posts to the Party List as you leave the direct links at the end of your comments. This will become the party archive.

Party List:
– Magaly Guerrero – Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015)
– Olde Baggs n’ Stuft Shirts (Oma Linda) – Death Rites and Remembrances…
– Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove (Rommy) – “Rosemary
– Little Gothic Horrors – Witches in Fiction: Death Rites and Remembrances
– Catch a Fire (Sarah) – Death Rites & Remembrance: Witches in Fiction 2015
– Verse Escape (Hedgewitch) – “The Eclipsed
– Diary of Bones (Bones, aka Katy Magee) – bits of death, as remembrances
– Dreaming of Rosemary (Georgina) – Death rites and remembrances – Witches in fiction
– Daydream Believer (Gina) – Witches in fiction 2015 ~ Death Rites and Remembrance…
– Rhissanna – Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances
– Sunshine Shelle – Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances…
– She Who Seeks – Witches in Fiction 2015 — Death Rites and Remembrances
– Notes from the Underground (Ashtoreth) – Dancing with the dead
– Pen and Feather (Sharon) – “Just Not Today” for Witches in Fiction 2015
– Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility (Esther) – “Tiny Beads of Magic Dust
– Gypsy Spirit Rising (Holly) – Witches In Fiction 2015 ~ Death Rites & Remembrances
– Ms Misantropia – Witches in Fiction: Death rites and remembrances
– LeeSmithBlog (Witchyy) – Flirting with Death
– Rue & Hyssop (Rue) – Death Rites and Remembrances: My Grandfather’s Music
– The Scrawler’s Wall (Ben) – Witches in Fiction 2015: “Sunday Ritual”

Witches in Fiction 2015... Death Rites and Remembrances
Thanks so much for participating in Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances. Do visit the Wicked darling Partiers who chose to add their touch, time and thoughts to this event. The experience has already been extra rewarding for me… I wish, I wish, I wish the very same for you.

♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥

'Til Death, by Sunshine Shelle (Detail)

“‘Til Death”, by Sunshine Shelle (detail)

45 thoughts on “Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015)

  1. I chose “Death Rites and Remembrances”, for this year’s party theme, because I wanted to help a friend who was trying to cope with a recent loss. I ended up helping myself just as much, and realizing that that the world is full of wonderful people dealing with grief (new and old) all alone. Well, we aren’t alone… and when your soul is breaking because you lost someone (or something) you love, it is nice to know that someone else understands. Thank you, my Wicked Luvs!

    Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015):

  2. Thank you for hosting this splendid event once again, and for giving me a deadline (strangely, no pun intended) to keep me focused in the midst of the insanity that is currently my life. ❤

    Looking forward to checking out all the other posts over the next couple of days!!

    • This is the first time I host a blog party, but can’t read all the posts in one day. I had to take a couple of cry breaks… and some pauses just to bask in a particular sort of memory… I’m glad I was not the only one.

  3. Good morning, beautiful friend!

    I have found my inspiration in the dark mornings and evenings of this October — eclipses and super-moons might have helped — and framed my work on the foundation sentence “In the deep and hidden darkness of the witch’s heart,
    embers glow back into life as the Black Sun of Midnight dawns.”

    Amazing what comes to me in the quiet commute to work.

    My entry for this party is:
    Dancing with the dead at

    Off to read now!

  4. Death is not always loss of a loved one. Writing poem after poem to try and write about remembering the people I’ve lost made me realize I spend more time mourning and remembering losses that are not deaths. And then I realized there’s not that much difference between the two. Sometimes they can’t even be separated. Sometimes these losses are so intertwined that it ceases to matter which I’m mourning or remembering at any specific moment.

    Tiny Beads of Magic Dust

  5. * Waves is direction of blog* No fiction this time. (Mabel is making is making demands. Rather, Ben, in a fetching corset and blonde wig, is making demands so we’re getting lots of text written but I’m fried for anything else)

    But there is a tea set. Death likes a nice cup of tea. Just ask Bill Door.

    • One of the things that makes Witches in Fiction more enjoyable (at least for me) is that there is always a nice mix of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and tales, crafts and brews… It makes for a delicious cauldron of yum. 😀

      *Yay, Mabel!*

  6. Emotions of love and life were deeply stirred during the whole process of deciding what to create and reading your lovely bits. The veil is definitely thinning and I have had a few visits because my mind is also extra open lately. I even saw an angel cloud form the other day right outside my door. Great heart felt thanks for hosting this lovely collective.

    Eternal Flame

  7. Your parties always help me being creative. Last year it helped me “pick up the pen” again, to rediscover my words. And this year it pushed me to (clean up my crafting room and) create with paint and glue – and not just my Día de los Muertos diorama but a couple of other things as well. I am at my best when I am “fidgeting” with something 🙂 So thank you so much for hosting!

  8. Well, it has taken me all day to do what needed to be done in getting the Prof. Darkly’s Carnival that will be taking place on my front porch and reading all the entrys for this 2015 WIF blog party. You have done it again my dearest Magaly. You have assembled a talented lot of people to gift the reader with new thoughts, old memories and enjoyable reads.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to join in the fun of this adventure. Great job as always. Much love, xoxo Oma Linda

    • I can’t wait to glimpse Prof. Darkly’s Carnival. And I know I already told you, but I’m telling you again: I love your entry. You have lived a wonderful life, and every time you show us… is a gift!

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