Halloween, traditions and cultures Halloween has got us thinking about traditions and why they are so important. Traditions represent a critical piece of our culture. They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past and they contribute to a sense of comfort and belonging. More often than not, they bring family together and enable friends to reconnect. Cultural traditions are important because they transmit shared values, stories and goals from one generation to the next. Of course every generation will shape traditions to make them more relevant to the present time, but essentially they remain something passed down from adult to child. Many of the traditions different cultures take part in form many strong memories and attachments for those who hold them dear. Most of us will be able to recall a birthday celebration or the wedding of special people in our lives. When people are being cared for at Strathcarron Hospice we recognise every one as an individual and will be led by them regarding their own family traditions. So important are these to people that they may want to bring a family member’s birthday forward so they can celebrate together before their condition deteriorates or they may want to get married or have one last Christmas for their children, even if it’s only October. We will do everything in our power to help facilitate these requests so our patients can make every moment count; making precious memories for the younger generations. Whatever your traditions are keep them alive with your family and friends and enjoy the comfort and joy they bring.