Many people like to read a Litany of the Dead as part of their Samhain and Day of the Dead celebrations. This year (and in the future) we thought it would be nice to provide a list for your convenience as well as to offer the community a place to honor their own dead from this past year. his year marked the transition of several people who greatly impacted not just the culture of the magical community, the greater culture we live in.

At the bottom of this list, please use the comment feature to add anyone we have missed, including members of your own local community.

Please remember that it is just bad manners to out other people without their permission, including the dead, so if you are listing people who were not publicly Pagan, Heathen, Wiccan or otherwise alternatively spiritual or Magickal, please use their public craft name if they had one or a nickname. It is not a requirement for people on this list to be a member of the magical community (as you can see many aren't) only that we can feel the impact of their lives and their deaths.

You are also welcome and encouraged to use the comments feature to offer prayers, poems, and anything else you feel is appropriate.

This and all future Litany of the Dead lists are recorded beginning from November 1st of the previous year.


  • South African President, Anti-Apartheid leader, Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela died December 5, 2013 at the age of 95
  • Colin Wilson, philosopher and writer of paranormal fiction and existentialist and metaphysical non-fiction, probably best known for his early work, The Outsider in 1956, died on December 5, 2013
  • Hazel Sampson, last native speaker of the Native American Klallam language, died February 4th, 2014 at the age of 103
  • Shirley Temple Black, the most famous child star of the '30s and possibly of all time died February 10, 2014. Less known is her work as a public servant and diplomat as an adult.
  • Steve Moore, author of Somnium died March 16, 2014
  • Stephen Sutton (19) died of cancer on March 14, 2015 after raising millions of dollars for future cancer patients
  • Maya Angelou, a significant African American, feminist author, poet, performer and civil rights activist died May 28, 2014. Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings(1969) was groundbreaking and the rest of her life's work was no less phenomenal.
  • Ruby Dee, African American poet, actress and civil rights activist died on June 11, 2014 at the age of 91.
  • Robin Williams, American comedian, philanthropist and prolific actor and died August 11, 2014
  • Lauren Bacall, American actress and fashion icon died August 12, 2014
  • Joan Rivers, American comedienne, actress and philanthropist died September 4, 2014
  • Jan Hooks, American actress and comedienne best known for her performances on Saturday Night Live died on October 9, 2014
  • Elizabeth Peña, Latina American actress and director died October 14, 2014
  • Joan Quigley, White House Astrologer during the Reagan era died October 21, 2014
  • Peter Paddon, host of the Crooked Path Podcast died October 23, 2014
  • Patricia Kehoe died of a heart attack on May 2, 2014 of this year. A rhythmical massage therapist, and a practitioner of ' white magic' and a beloved teacher and grandmother.

Please feel free to add to this list and to post your memories, devotions and thoughts by using the link below.


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