On Being Mortal
By Jon Sievert
The Rev. Wyman Rousseau leads a Service of Remembrance titled “On Being Mortal” to commemorate the Day of the Dead at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Service.
By Rev. Wyman Rousseau
Sun, Nov 1, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Death is ubiquitous; it is all around us. It inhabits every moment of our lives although we are very good at ignoring it and pretending it does not accompany us like our shadow. Our lives would have a different flavor if we knew for certain that we would not die.
Rev. Rousseau’s remarks are based on a poem by Campbell McGrath called “The Ticking Clock” and a quote by the famous Mexican writer Octavio Paz in reference to the sacred Mexican fiesta El Dia de Muertos: “The word death is not pronounced in New York, in Paris, in London because it burns the lips. The Mexican, in contrast, is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, and celebrates it. Death strips life of all its vanities and pretensions and converts it into what it really is: a few neat bones and a dreadful grimace.”
The service includes an altar table for those who wish to bring photos of family members or friends who have died in the past few years.
Reverend Rousseau has been a UU minister for 47 years, serving churches in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. He is the founder of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, North Carolina. He also served six years as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and will lead two haiku-writing excursions following the San Miguel Writers Conference in mid-February. Rev. Rousseau and his wife, Maia Williams, celebrate their fourth year in San Miguel in early December.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.