FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Martha Greenwald
New Site Launches to Honor the Memory of Kentucky’s Covid-19 Victims
WhoWeLostKY.org offers users writing tips
and a place to submit stories about loved ones
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 30, 2021) – A new website, WhoWeLostKY.org, has launched to offer the family and friends of Kentuckians lost to Covid-19 an opportunity to memorialize their loved ones by writing and sharing stories. The site provides free, practical writing guidance and templates, as well as an active online submission option.
WhoWeLostKY.org hopes to support resiliency and connection by ensuring that those who died are not forgotten. The social isolation caused by the pandemic has changed mourning ceremonies and customs, leaving people few options beyond social media to communicate and share expressions of grief. The therapeutic benefits of writing are well known. Participating in this project can help a mourner’s healing process as they access important memories.
“Many people feel insecure about writing, perhaps due to past negative experiences in school or due to fears about their abilities,” said Martha Greenwald, a writer, educator and the Founder/CCO of WhoWeLostKY.org. “We want everyone to feel comfortable participating on the site. We encourage them to write stories to share or just keep for themselves. No writing expertise is needed. We also want to be sure friends and colleagues of those who died come to the site and post stories too. Grief affects everyone, not just family members,” Greenwald noted.
The site is designed and developed by Greenwald and a team of distinguished professionals in the fields of digital technology, education, psychology, culture, and religion. The materials featured on the site are sensitive to the difficult topics being addressed and are designed to be easy to use. The site will regularly post new materials to inspire reflection specific to different times of the year. Further plans for the future include online writing workshops and a print anthology compiled from user-submitted stories.
Full details of the site and a contact form can be found by visiting the URL above.