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Resources to Support Memorial Makers

This page is for people involved in planning memorials or public events that will support collective mourning and remembrance of those who have died from COVID-19. Public health restrictions have limited our ability to gather with others to mourn and remember those who have died since the start of the pandemic. This inability to mourn in a collective, public way has disrupted our usual ways of working through grief and loss. Many individuals, organizations, and governments are now starting to think about how to build memorials and create opportunities to come together to publicly mourn and remember those who have died during the pandemic. Those designing and building memorials and organizing public events will need to consider many difficult, complex ethical and political issues. On this page, we offer some questions memorial-planners may want to contemplate and resources for those who are planning public memorials and events.

Questions to consider when planning a memorial. 

The content on this page was developed by Amber Dean, Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University 


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‘I Have to Live with the Tragedy’: Memorials Remembering 215 Indigenous Children Found Buried at Residential School

Discussions of memorials commemorating the 215 Indigenous children found at a residential school.