What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart?
As far as I can see, he is interested in Ancestral Repair work, especially in doing what we can for those who perished and were given no pomp or circumstance in their honor. Prayers and offerings for those who died in wars, in the slave trade, in dangerous industries (whaling, factory fires, etc) , in conquest, whether they be ancestors by blood or circumstance, tradition, or affiliation~ he appreciates all that is done in their names (known and unknown) for their healing and after life well-being. In addition, staying with your fur babies as they leave this world through accident or euthanasia. Please don’t abandon them to strangers for the last moments of their lives after they’ve given you so much.
By extension, cemetery clean ups, leaving offerings for the Dead, and caretaking of those liminal spaces of the Dead are all appreciated. If there’s an accident near you and one or more lives are lost, you can go there after the inevitable uproar has calmed, and pray, make offerings, or even take on that place for ongoing care and ceremony. (Be sure you are protected and have cleansing protocols in place for this sort of work. )
Pray for the unloved and uncelebrated among us who have passed. The Addicts, the Homeless, the Domestic Violence Victims, the Trans People, the Sex Workers, Immigrants and Children dying at the border, the animals who lose their lives for meals, in shelters, through cruelty… you can devote yourself to praying for one or more categories of the forgotten dead, once a month or so.
More importantly, do what you can for them while they are alive, whether that means signing a petition, showing up to a city hall meeting, volunteering at a homeless or animal shelter or sharing a meal.
For more bang for your buck, engage with your feelings, fear, or expectations around your own death. Can you get some life insurance? My credit union gives me $1,000 of life insurance, just for being a member~ but I had to sign up. I can buy more for very little money if I’d like. It’s worth looking into so costs at end of life can be covered with less stress. Death is often a surprise no one is prepared to pay for.
Make a will, no matter how little you own, and speak to friends and family about the care of your children and pets. It may seem a bit morbid, but it need not be a big thing. I have two friends whom I have agreements with about the care of our pets in the event of death of my husband and I.
Telling your friends and family what you want out of death will make their grief easier, because they won’t be guessing at what you would have liked best. Pour some wine, put on some music, play a round of cards and just have an “At my memorial, I want…” round table with close friends. Songs, flowers, colors, foods, and poetry readings are all things to consider.
For bonus points, engage in end of life care for others and volunteer to visit hospice patients. That is very appreciated.
Gratitude for the food you’re eating, for the lives you take for your nourishment, is a wonderful practice to devote to Him.
Hades is most definitely a Lord of Death, but he wants to meet you after a life well led.
And Always, and I do mean Always, be very, very, very, nice to Persephone.