The feasts of All Saints and All Souls that begin the month of November frequently stimulated Dorothy Day to reflect on death and dying. Some of her most poignant articles are in the form of obituaries or eulogies of famous persons, Catholic Workers, and the most humble or irksome of guests.
Dorothy Day was not a theologian, but she had a profound understanding of Christian death and resurrection. She kept the names of those she was praying for, living and dead, on a slip in her daily missal convinced that "There is No Time With God".
Among the most notable among these writings are her obituaries of Peter Maurin, her mother, and a meditation on the death of the Rosenbergs. Additional obituaries of note are listed in the box to the right.