I think most of us do, so if you’re in Van­cou­ver around Hallowe’en, you should go vis­it A Night For All Souls. Even if ev­ery­one you love is still alive, you should go any­how be­cause it’s full of ex­treme ethe­re­al dark-hued beau­ty.

All Souls is in Vancouver’s Moun­tain View Cemetary, where I’ve of­ten tak­en pic­tures and played Ingress be­fore; it’s cen­tral and, yes, has a ter­rif­ic view of the moun­tain­s. The project is city-funded and I hope they go on fund­ing it.

The con­cept is sim­ple: After dark there are soft lights ev­ery­where, many of them in lit­tle shrines you can vis­it and write a mes­sage or light a can­dle.

Night For All Souls

There is mu­sic of some sort; this year, the per­form­ers were scat­tered round the grave­yard, syn­chro­nized some­how elec­tron­i­cal­ly, and the mu­sic was dreamy, full of sweet slow shift­ing shapes

Musician at the Night For All Souls
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Musician at the Night For All Souls

Some shrines are themed: I re­call those ded­i­cat­ed to over­dose, and to sui­cide.

Suicide-themed shrine at the Night For All Souls

There is a cer­tain amount of spir­i­tu­al­i­ty but lit­tle overt re­li­gion.

Shrine at the Night For All Souls

I’m not spir­i­tu­al in the slight­est, but it’s not pos­si­ble to be un­moved.

The Night For All Souls
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The Night For All Souls

It’s just lights in the dark for a while at the end of the day, but at the end of the day that’s all we can re­al­ly hope to be.


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