A Nation of Mourners, Forever Scarred

Through videos, photos and personal stories, a National desk project shows the void that Covid has left behind.

By Emily Palmer

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A wedding dress, a diploma, a box of folded clothes and videos — dancing in the living room, dancing in bed, dancing with the dog. This is what remains for people who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus.

Over the past 13 months, the pandemic has taken parents, siblings, neighbors, friends — more than half a million individuals gone. By now, one in three of us knows someone who has died from the virus.

To help underscore the sense of loss felt across the nation, The New York Times’s national desk, in collaboration with the video team and news design desk, has published an interactive article featuring videos and first-person accounts of what it’s like to grieve a victim of Covid-19.

Clinton Cargill, an assistant editor, and Solana Pyne, an executive producer on the video team, led the interactive project.

“We wanted to create something that would honor not just the lives lost but the reality of grief that so many people are living each day,” Mr. Cargill said. “All the loved ones, childhood friends, co-workers and neighbors of half a million people. That’s a lot of people left behind to mourn.”

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