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Listen to What Día de los Muertos Means to Teens Serving Life in Prison

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You’re alive… but you’re dead.

Not all Día de los Muertos altars are created to celebrate the dead. What happens when you ask teens serving 30 to 40 years in jail to create Día de los Muertos altars? Eddie G! talks to a California Department of Corrections worker who helped juveniles in detention express themselves through altares.

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Celebrated Dia De Los Muertos And I Cried The Entire Time

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Celebrated Dia De Los Muertos And I Cried The Entire Time

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For the past 15 seasons, I’ve been watching “Grey’s Anatomy” religiously. The show’s dramatic life-or-death plots, not to mention their love stories, has drawn in me for years and I love it to pieces.

However, I was super heartbroken when actress Sara Ramirez, who played Callie Torres, left the show. She was the only featured Latina who brought some of my culture to this show.

It’s only been recently, in the last year or so that they’ve taken on some issues close to my heart. In one episode last season, they focused on a doctor that had DACA status. She, the only Latina on the show, had to unfortunately leave the country because she was undocumented.

Last night, “Grey’s Anatomy” focused their episode on my favorite holiday: Día de los Muertos.

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While the show always deals with patients suffering from all kinds of health issues, the doctors embraced Día de los Muertos thanks to a little girl that needed surgery.

The episode titled “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” featured a little girl named Flor, who’s entire family stayed in her hospital room to give her support while she prepared for surgery.

The show typically makes me cry, but seeing this Latino family celebrate Día de los Muertos on prime-time TV was too much!

In the clip above, Flor’s family is playing music and singing the classic song “El ultimo trago” made famous by Chavela Vargas.

I took one look at Flor and her family, and it reminded me so much of the time I was little and was in the hospital for months after a car accident.

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My family was also by my bedside every single day. If they couldn’t be with me because of work, they would make sure someone would be there so I wouldn’t be alone.

Thankfully Flor’s surgery was minor because I truly thought to myself, if she dies I’m gonna lose it. I say that because I know very well people on this show die left and right. No one is safe.

It was really special to see the non-Latino doctors embrace Día de los Muertos. Each of them discussed someone special that had died.

The Latino family told the doctors that Día de los Muertos isn’t necessarily to mourn those that have died, but more to celebrate their life. However, I think because some of the doctors were new to this holiday, they couldn’t help but feel sadness when thinking of their loved ones.

It was especially cool to see Ellen Pompeo — aka — Dr. Meredith Grey wearing a marigold flower for most of the episode.

Meredith Grey has seen her fair share of death on the show. She’s probably experienced more death than anyone.

Here’s a list of everyone that has died — that has been close to Meredith — since the show began:

  • Her mother.
  • Her husband.
  • Her sister.
  • Her best friend.
  • And countless colleagues.

The Latina grandmother informed Meredith that our loved ones, even though they have passed, are always with us.

After that special moment between the two, those words must have really resonated with Meredith because after that something insane happened.

Meredith’s dead family and friends appeared on the show!!

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All of those people pictured, aside from Meredith, including the dog have died. Meaning those characters are no longer on the show, but they made a special appearance, which is huge because they were such beloved people.

People on social media could not contain their emotions.

We were truly blindsided.

The mere idea that so many people that were close to her all died is honestly too much.

And yet Meredith goes on like a champ.

Some of us are still not over the fact that these characters are no longer on the show.

The only time we get to see them again is in re-runs.

One of the most special moments was hearing an old “Grey’s Anatomy” classic song “Chasing Cars” in Spanish.

“We were trying to figure out what song would play over that sequence and Kiley suggested playing an iconic Grey’s song and having it be covered in Spanish,” showrunner Krista Vernoff told The Hollywood Reporter. “That was her idea. As soon as she said it, I said, ‘Oh my God it has to be ‘Chasing Cars!” I mean how many times has that song played? It’s always our go-to. It felt like the most beautiful way to pay tribute to the history of the show while keeping alive the culture that we were celebrating with this episode. We commissioned that song.”

Here’s the Spanish version of “Chasing Cars” by Moon and Sun featuring Israel De Corcho.” But first get some tissues.

Okay, I’ll leave you with that.

¡Feliz dia los Muertos!


READ: 25 Ways Grey’s Anatomy’s Callie Torres Is Relevant AF

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These Instagrammers Showed Their Family So Much Love With Their Día De Los Muertos Ofrendas

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These Instagrammers Showed Their Family So Much Love With Their Día De Los Muertos Ofrendas

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Día de los Muertos is a holiday filled with family, love, food and honoring all of the family members that came before you. It is a sweet holiday that is all about death but it is not sad or scary. Every year, millions of people around the world set up ofrendas for their dead relatives offering them food and drinks. The ofrenda is also a way for the family members to travel from the land of the dead into the land of the living to celebrate the holiday with everyone who is still alive. Ofrendas come in all shapes and sizes but one thing is consistent: love and family.

Not ever ofrenda has to be a massive installation in your living room.

Some times the best ofrendas are the ones that keep things simple and keep loved ones as the focus. This altar is all about showing love to a beloved puppers and the abuelitos and padres who are no longer here. 🧡

While food is important as an offering, some times you just have to add a little liquor for the party.

We all know that our abuelitos and padres enjoyed a few tragos in their day. Offering up some liquor for their special day in the land of the living is one way to show them love.

Pan de muerto is a good choice when creating your ofrenda.

Who doesn’t enjoy a little bread with their meal? This is also especially when it comes to a holiday.

Some people are coming together to honor those who have blazed paths in their industries.

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#writers #ofrenda

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The holiday is all about honoring those who have died and giving them some love. Don’t be shy away from adding your pioneers to the ofrenda. If they made an impact on your life, it might be worth giving them a lot of love.

Your altar can be as big as you want.

There is nothing wrong with reaching for the stars with your installation.

Or you can make them small enough to carry around to show everyone.

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This year, Gabriel had to make his first altar, so he dedicated it to his tío, Cesar Chavez. On it he put photos of his great-grandparents, his grandpa Richard Chavez (with his brother Cesar) as well as Cesar with Helen Chavez and Bobby Kennedy. The way that I was taught, día de los muertos has always been a way to reconnect to the past, and our family history. The truth is, Gabriel did a lot of the work (with assistance from mom and dad of course)- but he knows very well the history of the people behind the images. To him they are part of his living history. It was just last year at this time that we were traveling to Juchitan, Oaxaca. I wanted him to see the traditions as they meant to be celebrated- without the fanfare, but in their true essence. One year later, we begin to pass on the mantle of preserving our history and traditions to the next generation, because I'm the end Día de Los Muertos is equally about the living as it is about those who have taken the journey to Mictlan……#mictlan #diadelosmuertos #xandu #dayofthedead #cesarchavez #sisepuede #vivalavida #altar #ofrenda

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Cesar Chavez’s nephew is using his first every ofrenda to honor his uncle. It’s a touching tribute to a fierce civil rights activist who fought tirelessly for farmworkers in Delano, Calif.

Some towns and neighborhoods came together to create massive ofrendas to honor as many people as possible.

They can be major ofrendas to all the people who have recently died in the town or an offering to the patron saint of the city.

A lot of people prefer taking their altars directly to the cemeteries.

Some people prefer celebrating the holiday in their homes while others prefer going to the cemetery to be with their family. It’s one of the closest ways to feel really connected to your family.

Some people have altars dedicated to one of their most recently departed.

While there’s a lot of fuss made about including a lot of people on the altar, there is something special about using the holiday as a way to grieve. Everyone grieves in different ways and that means some people might use the holiday to come to terms with a recent loss.

Never forget the marigolds.

These flowers are crucial in leading your family to their altar. The flower is referred to as the “flower of the dead” and the scent is said to help spirits find their way to their altars.

Who are you honoring this year for Día de los Muertos?

Comment a photo below of your beautiful ofrendas.


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