On 2nd May 2020, I lost my beloved Grandma, Sheila, to COVID-19. It shook my entire family. The virus took hold over a couple of days from no symptoms and happy jokey texts from Sheila to a sudden deterioration to the end. I watched the 5pm briefing that day, the numbers were read out revealing 620 people had also passed away. 620 other families, 620 other friendship groups devastated. I wanted Sheila to be remembered much more personally, I didn’t want her death to be just another number. None of these loved ones we’ve lost should just be numbers.
I thought about the ways in which I could pay tribute to Sheila and what I could do to help my family grieve. After creating an online memorial for my Grandma, it occured to me that I could do this for everyone going through the same situation as me
I started work on Not Another Number – an online memorial platform for COVID-19 victims. Where anyone can add a memorial for the loved one they have lost. A memorial consists of a picture, name, year range and some personal text (a poem, funny story, a message of love, etc.). The website rotates through memorials every 10 seconds, this can be paused any time. Everyone who submits a memorial will get a link to their own.
I spent a lot of time searching for ways to pay tribute to my wonderful grandma but with the lockdown and a 10-minute time limit on funerals, it has been hard. I’m hoping this website will help others as it is helping me.