A Labor of Mourning

Naming the Lost Memorials invites you to participate in A Labor of Mourning. This fall, join a nationwide network of memorial-makers to name and honor the nearly 210,000 neighbors, family members, and friends lost to Covid-19 in the United States.

Interested or want to learn more? To join the group, send us an e-mail by clicking the sign-up button below, or write directly to namingthelostmemorials+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

Who is Naming the Lost Memorials?

We are a team of artists, activists, folklorists, and people who have lost loved ones to Covid-19. Since May 2020, we have been creating monthly memorial sites in New York City to remember victims of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, we’re inviting you to join us.

How do I make a memorial?

Grassroots memorials can be made from simple materials, whatever you have on hand: drawings, photos, flowers, candles, banners, stones. Your memorial can be as simple as a sign placed in a window, or as elaborate as a block-long installation. Below, find some useful links to help you make your memorial:


I want to design my own memorial:


I want to honor a loved one by placing a sign in my window:


Want more info? Join our google group for updates and to get support:

Thank you for coming together in this moment. If you can’t join us between September 7-11, we hope you’ll make a memorial when it feels right to do so. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help, and send us photos of your work anytime.

The NLM Planning Team: Alexa Aviles; Elena Mart√≠nez, folklorist; Lyra Monteiro, public artist, scholar, organizer; Megan Paradis Hanley, theater artist and educator; Jenny Romaine, theater artist, organizer, educator; and Kay Turner, performer and folklorist.