Online COVID-19 memorial launched

A new online book of remembrance, Remember Me, has been launched by St Paul’s Cathedral for all those who have been living in the UK who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From today (Friday 22 May 2020), family, friends and 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.

The site is open to people of all faiths, beliefs or none, but the deceased person must have been living in the UK. Remember Me will be open for entries for as long as needed.

It is intended that the Remember Me site will become a physical memorial at the Cathedral, with designs for a new inner porch in the North transept and, subject to funding, this will serve as a fitting memorial for all who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“The emotional pain and anguish caused by the loss of loved ones during this pandemic is being felt in communities across the UK. This national book of Remembrance is an important way of enabling people throughout the country to come together and remember their deceased friends or relatives.

“I would encourage anyone in East Lothian who has lost a loved one to the virus to consider visiting the Remember Me website and honouring them there.”

The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Very Reverend David Ison, said:

“For centuries, St Paul’s Cathedral has been a place to remember the personal and national impact of great tragedies, from the losses of war to the devastation of the Grenfell Tower fire. We have heard so many sad stories of those affected by the pandemic, and all our thoughts and prayers are with them. Every person is valued and worthy of remembrance.

“We are all experiencing the devastating impacts of COVID-19 across the country and beyond. Remember Me is an opportunity to mourn every person we have lost to the effects of this terrible disease, an encouragement to offer compassion and support to those left behind, and an ongoing recognition of the impact of the pandemic on the UK.”

Members of the public can register details of their family member or friend on Remember Me: A book of remembrance for the UK via: www.rememberme2020.uk