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The Day of the Dead Is About My Daughter

The dead can be celebrated. I know that now.

My Day of the Dead altar for Ana — photos of Ana taken by Phil Mansfield Photography

This year, I’m preparing my Day of the Dead altar early. It will have two pictures of Ana. In one, she is 14 and playing her guitar. She’s dressed for a show wearing an interpretation of seventies fashion — bootleg jeans and a flowing blouse. Her hair is blown straight and parted down the middle.

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Jacqueline Dooley

Jacqueline Dooley

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Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss