How To Make Altars Honoring Deceased Loved Ones

“How to Make an Altar Honoring Deceased Loved Ones” was a 90-minute workshop with Annie Mattingley, part of the 2021 Before I Die New Mexico Festival. In this 30-minute video, Annie gives an overview of ways to connect to our deceased loved ones.

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Making Altars Workshop

Annie Mattingley on Making Altars

Annie Mattingley speaks on making altars for deceased loved ones.

At this hands-on workshop, participants were provided with materials to make small, take-home altars they created during the 90-minute in-person Festival session. Altars are used as a focal point to express grief and to honor and seek connection with one’s deceased beloveds. Participants were encouraged to bring their own photos and memorabilia.

The workshop was facilitated by Annie Mattingley, author of The After Death Chronicles: True Stories of Comfort, Guidance, and Wisdom from Beyond the Veil (Hampton Roads 2017). She has found many people share their stories with her about communicating with loved ones who have died. She also facilitates workshops addressing grief and after-death communication.

Festival Sponsors

Thank you to these companies and organizations that made the Before I Die NM Festival possible.

2021 Festival Sponsors

A portion of the sponsorship proceeds and ticket sales from the Before I Die NM Festival were donated to 501(c)(3) charitable partner, Historic Fairview Cemetery, established in Albuquerque in 1881. The cemetery is the final resting place of 12,000 individuals, with remarkable stories reflecting the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the United States of America. The website is