The WhoWeLost Project
Shelter Their Story: WhoWeLost.org
WhoWeLost.org publishes visitor-written stories of Covid-19 victims from across the United States. Created as a cousin to the original Kentucky site, WhoWeLost has been featured on WBUR's "Here & Now" and received extensive media/press attention. The WhoWeLost Project is a safe space, free from virus politics and the toxicity of social media. The site features a "Writing Toolbox," designed to help anyone who needs encouragement or gentle direction as they write. WhoWeLost supports mourners as well as the mourned. Who We Lost: A Portable COVID Memorial, an anthology inspired by the project, is forthcoming from Belt Publishing in Spring 2023.
Originally conceived as a site to honor the memory of Covid-19 victims in Kentucky, WhoWeLostKY has now evolved and broadened its focus to be inclusive of the devastating losses in the Commonwealth due to the recent floods and tornadoes. The same core principles apply: No judgments, no comments, no trolls. WhoWeLostKY is a curated, safe space for remembrances of loss, in all its forms.
Curated from stories and messages sent to the project, all site and social media images are authentic in origin and execution. Typed on a vintage Olympia, then paired with antique postcards and Victorian mourning lockets, the photographs aim to spark meditative narratives rooted in detail.
Shelter Their Stories
Both WhoWeLost.org and WhoWeLostKY.org are safe spaces for remembrance. Designed to represent the ideas of both absence and presence, the sites are quiet, respectful, and supportive.