A memorial video for Pops

Paul from Ohio created a video memorial with images, music and more for Araceli and her family to help capture memories and photos of her father. 

Paul was employed in the manufacturing industry, working as a plant manager when he was laid off due to downsizing caused by COVID. Paul  completed his capstone project on behalf of Araceli, a young woman who lost her father to COVID-19.

Lessons Learned

Q. How do you feel this project affected the family or individual you helped? 

 I’m hoping the video brought comfort as they looked back and reflected on the amazing memories they created as a family.

Q. How did the project help you?

It was interesting how sad I felt as I was creating this video. Seeing “Pops,” such a wonderful family man and the beautiful family left behind in sadness. I really didn’t think I would be that emotional with it.

Q. What advice would you give to other people who are comforting a bereaved family/individual? 

 Take it day by day. Stay busy doing things to keep your mind occupied. When speaking with loved ones, try to refer to the deceased person as if they are still with you in the present, not in the past. Look through old photographs and remember all the amazing times you had. Most importantly- it’s okay to laugh. Don’t feel guilty.

Paul graduated from our January 2021 Cohort of the program. 

If you or someone you know is unemployed due to Covid-19, see if our Unemployment Transition Program is right for you. Additionally, if you have lost a loved one to COVID-19 and would like to be a recipient of one of our participant’s capstone project, please look at our Bereavement Support Page to sign up.