This is going to be short.
A person for whom I care deeply recently lost their father, and due to the coronavirus and travel/assembly restrictions, they aren’t going to be able to attend the limited funerary services.
Everyone turns their gaze inward at such times, but they’re special. They also looked outward, and realized there are going to be others who are sharing this terrible experience. People who are losing parents, siblings, grandparents and friends – both to the virus and for other reasons – and aren’t going to be able to attend their final religious gatherings, memorials or burial ceremonies.
One glance at the mass graves in New York City shows that there are many such people.
As a slight balm, they’ve started a site: Unsaid Eulogies. It’s about as bare-bones as it gets; it’s a forum where people can post about the lives of their loved ones and maybe share a little grief, diminishing the pain during these lonely times. Everyone, from all walks of life, is welcome. It’s just a place to remind each other that there is good that comes from the human experience, and that people – sometimes people who don’t even know the person who died or the person grieving – care, and will remember.
Please feel encouraged to pass the word along, not just to those who might need it but to anyone, as they might happen to know someone who needs a little light amidst their darkness.
Here’s the forum link. It’s at https://unsaideulogies.freeforums.net/ .