Today was an incredibly special yet somber day. The owner of where I work stopped by to show me Monday’s article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about my project, the St. Louis COVID Memorial. Seeing this feature in the newspaper was a moment of pride amidst the ongoing sadness, and it totally made my day.

The St. Louis COVID Memorial is dedicated to honoring the lives of those in our community who have been lost to COVID-19. This project, though deeply depressing, is a labor of love. It provides a place where families and friends can share the stories of their loved ones, ensuring they are remembered not just as statistics, but as cherished individuals who made an impact on the lives of those around them.

While the work on this memorial often weighs heavily on my heart, my Goffin’s cockatoo, Boo, who has been with me for 20 years, constantly uplifts my spirits. Boo is pictured with me in the article, a ray of light in these dark times.

The photographer, practicing safety measures, shot the photo from across the room with a long lens. I appreciate their effort to maintain social distancing. Despite the challenges, I hope that people are staying safe and wearing masks. It’s essential for all of us to do our part in curbing the spread of this virus.

I wish I could work from home, but as an essential employee working at a construction office, I continue to commute daily. The recognition of this heartfelt project gives me hope that more people will visit the site, share their stories, and help us build a community of remembrance and support.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project and to those who have shared their personal stories. Together, we are creating a lasting tribute to those we have lost and ensuring that their memories live on.

Here’s a snapshot of the article:

A newspaper article headlined "Meet the woman on a mission to memorialize lives lost to COVID-19," in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, features a woman at her desk with a bird on her shoulder, surrounded by various documents and computer screens, dedicated to the St. Louis Covid Memorial project.