Nearly 5,000 memorials submitted to COVID-19 online book of remembrance in the first month

Exactly one month since its launch, nearly 5000 memorials have been added to the Remember Me COVID-19 online memorial site.

People of any faith or none are invited to contribute to Remember Me. Family, friends or carers of those who have died can submit, free of charge, the name, photograph and a short message in honour of a deceased person via the Remember Me website at www.rememberme2020.uk.

Faith leaders across the UK have offered their support to the interfaith project including Archbishop of Canterbury, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Chief Rabbi, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board and a number of other Muslim leaders, and representatives from the Hindu Council UK and Sikh Council UK.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities the length and breadth of the UK, with many thousands of people falling victim to the virus. While we are fortunate to have lost relatively few people in East Lothian, the crisis has still left many local families grieving the loss of a loved one taken before their time. 

“It is important that we do not forget the people who have died and the many more who are now bereaved and grieving. The Remember Me site is another way for those who have lost a loved one to the pandemic to leave a memorial to help remember and mourn those they have lost.” 

Many families and friends have been finding new ways to grieve their loved ones and support one another. Some are leaving memorials on Remember Me. Many others are also finding support on online forums, such as the Yellow Hearts Facebook group.

St Paul’s set up Remember Me to enable families, friends and carers to record and mourn those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The book of remembrance is open to people of all faiths, beliefs or none and will be open for entries for as long as needed.

The intention is for Remember Me site to become a physical memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral, subject to funding. The Cathedral has approved designs for a new inner porch in the North transept and this would serve as a fitting memorial for all who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.