AMERICA NEEDS A BETTER WAY TO GRIEVE THOSE LOST TO COVID-19
Let's Help to Heal the Nation
What began as an art project has grown into a cry to create a national COVID-19 memorial. We need a place to express trauma, to spread community and to ensure we are more prepared for crisis in the future. Can you help?
Our goal is to bring the floral heart project to cities around America and to create a living public memorial.
Floral Heart in Your City
Sign up to bring a floral heart to your city! All you need is 8-10 hours of time and we can help connect you with a local florist, supplies and help to bring a floral heart to life!
Following trauma incidents, large portions of any population will experience PTSD in the form of heightened anxiety, depression, physical violence and substance abuse. Psychologists predict that 15% of the population or 50 Million Americans could suffer from PTSD following COVID-19. The severity level can be even deeper when people are forced to delay their grief and abstain from funerals, shivas and other mourning traditions. To combat the potential deluge of PTSD, we must show support for those suffering and those lost.
The Floral Heart Project is an ongoing effort by artist Kristina Libby to help provide healing, compassion and sympathy for those impacted by COVID-19. It began with her research on the potential impacts on society from the pandemic and was furthered with the revealing data that for every person we lose, 2-9 people will experience severe PTSD. Worried about the current state of our country, she felt that we could not withstand this deep psychological wound without help. Her contribution has been to create visualizations of those we have lost and to hold vigils and ritual ceremonies for those suffering as part of the Floral Heart Project.
The project is meant to be simple for anyone, anywhere to understand. She chose flowers as they are a traditional gift during loss and hearts because they are a simple way to showcase love and support. The hearts have appeared, with the support of 1-800-Flowers, in Times Square, Bryant Park, Herald Square and iconic locations around New York City and in coming months, will be seen in the US and globally. You can find more about the Floral Heart Project here: www.floralheartproject.com.
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"If we do not mourn, we will carry the grief in our hearts and that will hurt us. Recognizing those who have left us, healing ourselves and caring for our community will instead create a richer, happier and healthier world."