May 18, 2020
From THE CITY:
"My name is Rachel Holliday Smith and I'm a reporter with THE CITY, a nonprofit newsroom covering New York. We're working on a memorial project to understand the toll of the coronavirus in our New York City communities. The crisis is changing the way we grieve our loved ones. Usually, when a person dies, their family members can be by their side. Their loved ones can pay their respects at funerals and burials. But we can’t do that anymore.
We want to make sure that people who are dying during this time aren’t just a statistic during a crisis. We would like to hear about New Yorkers who have died — who they were, how they lived and what made them special. We're collecting these stories now and in under a week have heard from nearly 50 people with more stories coming in every day. We've created a form to collect these stories and would like to share it with you. Take a look and maybe you can share it with your community in some way — either on social, in a newsletter, text it to someone or share via email. You’re close to the community in a way we aren’t and to remember New Yorkers properly, we need to reach as many people as possible. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
You can also read more about the project here."
If you have any feedback on the project, feel free to share your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.