An ‘Ofrenda’ In Honor Of Austen Berj Brooks

SugarSkull1Dia de los Muertos, the ‘Day of the Dead’ is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated on November 1 and 2, coinciding with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.  Here in Tucson, the tradition is richly recognized and culminates in an ‘All Souls Procession’ downtown.  Family and friends gather to pray for and remember those who have died and to help support their spiritual journey. Private alters are built honoring the deceased with sugar skulls, marigolds, favorite foods and mementos.  It’s a celebration of life, a joyful occasion of remembrance, in which death is recognized as a part of the natural process of living. 

AfricanMarigolds3After seeing a Día de los Muertos exhibit in Tucson recently, I felt inspired to look outside of myself and focus on Austen’s spiritual journey, especially as the one year anniversary of his death is approaching on November 25. So, in the spirit of joyful remembrance and love, I have put together a little alter – ofrenda – of my own, including some of his favorite ‘mementos’. 

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Austen Berj Brooks
September 26, 1991 – November 25, 2014

SoccerShoes

Soccer    Elite    High School    Travel

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Competitor

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Passion    Strong     A Fighter    Fierce

SoccerBalls

BazilBracelet

             Marigolds3Orange

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Mitts, balls and bat stored in his closet.

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Intelligent Smart            Savvy

HighSchoolGrad

High School Graduation from Grosse Pointe South.

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IUGrad

Graduation day from Indiana University.

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BurberryWatch

His watch.

Shoes

His collection of ‘The Hundreds’ shoes.

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Backpack

His prized backpack.

LovePeace

Love & Peace.

iPhone5s

Always up on technology.

Oakleys

Looking cool.

Sarmaboereg

Sarma and cheese boereg were his favorite Armenian delicacies.

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Austen&Sam

Austen and Sam in Tucson.

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“I don’t want to just say how it is, I want that flair, that personality, that swagger.  I lived it, I survived it, I got stronger, I fought my way back.  Let’s go.

Ride waves of positivity.  Follow the path in front of you. Be right, do right, good night.”
Austen Berj Brooks, July 9, 2014  marigoldscolors

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