By now, checking the latest statistics on South Africa’s fight against the coronavirus has become part of the daily routine for most of us. For many others, it’s hitting far closer to home than that.

At the time of writing over 10 000 people have passed away due to this voracious disease. Every one of them had a family, perhaps children that are now left behind to cope on their own, and colleagues that miss their contributions every day.

That’s why we feel it’s so important to remember those who’ve lost their lives to this terrifying pandemic. It’s why we should never view someone diagnosed as just another number.

The Dangers of Stigmatisation

People who’ve contracted COVID-19 are reluctant to admit that it’s entered their lives. Due to this, they often don’t reach out for the help they need, resulting in unnecessary suffering and even their own demise.

Likewise, if you don’t let people know that you’re infected with the virus, they can’t take steps to protect themselves or get tested if they’ve been in contact with you.

It’s time we saw COVID-19 for what it is. A disease that can attack anyone and everyone regardless of their circumstances. We need to help both those people who’re infected and affected by the disease.

By shunning those who are left behind after the death of a loved one due to this disease, we’re turning our backs on the people who most need help and support right now.

That’s why Rainbow Nation Remembers is committed to fostering a community of survivors and remembering those who’ve fallen victim to the virus through no fault of their own.

So, if you’ve lost a loved one due to the coronavirus, join us in remembering them by posting a tribute on our website and sharing their life’s achievements.

Don’t suffer alone, we’re here for you in this time of need. We offer helpful information on how to deal with your grief constructively and get back to life as soon as you can.