In response to COVID-19 restrictions making it troublesome for folks to mourn the pandemic’s victims, Seattle’s First AME Church is becoming a member of a nationwide sequence of candlelight vigils on Monday, Oct. 19.
The “Mourning Into Unity” vigils — to be held at greater than 20 websites across the nation — are being held outside, with members masked and socially distanced or attending on-line. The vigils can be led by religion leaders and medical professionals.
In Seattle, the #MourningIntoUnity vigils can be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday on the First AME Church, 1522 14th Ave. Organizers hope to proceed the weekly vigils till early November.
The church, based in 1886, is the oldest African American church within the state of Washington.
“In 2020, a yr of unprecedented loss, COVID has stopped America from mourning collectively,” learn an announcement from the organizer of the vigils: Reimagine, a San Francisco-based nonprofit “sparking community-driven festivals and conversations that discover dying and have fun life.”
The vigils, the assertion mentioned, “provide an opportunity for therapeutic.”
Nationwide, more than 215,000 people have died from COVID-19; 2,190 of them have been in Washington state.