Recently, I had the incredible privilege of being featured on St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air” to discuss my heartfelt project, the St. Louis COVID Memorial. This live radio experience was both humbling and exhilarating, offering me a platform to share the profound stories of St. Louisans who lost their lives to COVID-19.

An Unforgettable Opportunity

Being on live radio was a unique experience, one that combined the nerves of speaking in real-time with the deep emotion of discussing a project so close to my heart. As someone who thrives on storytelling and connecting with audiences, this opportunity allowed me to reach a broader community and underscore the importance of remembering those we’ve lost.

The Project: St. Louis COVID Memorial

The St. Louis COVID Memorial began as a personal endeavor to document and honor the lives of individuals in our community who succumbed to the pandemic. This project is more than just a compilation of names and dates; it is a tapestry of memories, celebrating the unique lives and legacies of each person featured.

I started this project in June 2020, driven by a deep sense of loss and a desire to ensure that the victims of COVID-19 were remembered not just as statistics, but as people who lived, loved, and were loved in return. Through countless hours of research, interviews, and writing, the memorial has grown into a poignant tribute that brings comfort to the grieving and serves as a historical record for future generations.

The Interview: A Deep Dive into the Heart of the Memorial

During the interview, I was asked about the inspiration behind the memorial and the impact it has had on the community. Sharing these stories on a public platform felt like a necessary step in continuing the dialogue about the pandemic’s human toll.

One of the most touching moments of the interview was discussing the personal stories that have stayed with me—the father who was a local hero, the grandmother whose laughter was a cherished family memory, the young artist whose work now stands as their lasting legacy. These narratives highlight the diverse and vibrant lives of those we lost and remind us all of the shared humanity that binds us.

The Aftermath: Continuing the Conversation

Since the broadcast, I’ve received numerous messages from listeners who were moved by the stories and the mission of the St. Louis COVID Memorial. These messages of support and shared grief reinforce the importance of this project. It is not just about remembering those we lost, but also about providing a space for communal mourning and healing.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive, encouraging me to expand the memorial and perhaps even inspire similar projects in other communities. It is my hope that this memorial continues to grow, serving as a beacon of remembrance and a testament to the resilience and compassion of our community.

Listen to the Replay

For those who missed the live broadcast, you can listen to the replay online. I invite you to join me in honoring the memories of our fellow St. Louisans by visiting the St. Louis COVID Memorial and reading their stories. Through this memorial, we ensure that their legacies live on, reminding us of the fragility and preciousness of life.

In closing, being featured on St. Louis Public Radio was not just an honor—it was a powerful reminder of the impact that storytelling can have. It was an experience that I will carry with me as I continue this important work. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me.