Requiem is a ritualized grief project, a communal ceremony and memorial to honor those that have died from COVID-19 as well as to celebrate their lives. This project, with a worldwide scope, gives us the necessary opportunity to grieve together while offering our support to these souls as they pass from one state of being into the next. This project consists of 108 necklaces of carved and ebonized wood that mass together to create a prayer mala or necklace and a collection of circle drawings in gold ink – one circle for each person passed.  The names of those that passed from COVID are written on the circles. The golden circles act as a place holder until names are learned.

The staggering number of people who have died due to COVID 19 since early 2020 is truly difficult to comprehend. How do we understand more than 4 million? This figure is most likely inaccurate and much higher. Numbers tell us how many, but they do not convey who. Those that passed are our grandparents, parents, sisters and brothers, partners, children. They’re our friends, lovers and neighbors, celebrities, musicians, artists, poets, leaders and our spiritual guides. Because of the necessary restrictions, many of these people have died alone. We haven’t been able to gather and grieve in traditional and meaningful ways, adding layers of despair.

Requiem provides an opportunity for us to come together, after almost two years of necessary separation, to acknowledge and reflect on each individual that has passed. This is necessary and beneficial to heal the collective trauma as we move forward. One does not need to experience a death in the family circle to be effected by all the deaths caused by the pandemic. Coming together we pause, grieve, tell stories while reflecting on the beautiful fragility of life.

Many spiritual traditions utilize prayer beads or a mala with 108 beads for devotional prayer, mantra and meditation. 108 is a significant number and has multiple meanings depending on the spiritual practice including the wholeness of existence and the basis of all creation. Tibetan Buddhists call the state of existence between life and rebirth, the bardo. After a person dies, their soul travels through this bardo meeting all manner of beneficial and terrifying apparitions. Buddhists believe prayers and well wishes from those on Earth can help support those traveling through the bardo, easing their transition and encouraging an auspicious reincarnation.

The Requiem Prayer Mala is 96 necklaces based on combinations of the circle and the square and 12 clear quartz ovoid necklaces for a total of 108 necklaces. The circle and the square are elemental geometry and sacred architecture woven into the fabric of all creation creating harmony within and amplifying our spirits. The circle represents the divine life force and is a symbol of vitality, wholeness, and perfection. The square is the symbol of physical matter and stability. Clear quartz is believed to have the highest vibration of all the stones able to offset any negative energy and is often referred to as the “master healer.” The quartz ovoids represent fertility, rebirth, even immortality and symbolize the complete circle of life and death, of sacred potential and time. When all together, the 108 necklaces create a complete prayer mala carrying our prayers, well wishes and love to all those that have passed.

golden circle, a symbol of eternity and rebirth, is drawn for each individual who has passed. The illuminating qualities of gold remind us that we all glitter brightly and can offer light beyond our physical lifespan. The names of those that have passed are then written on the golden circles. This is a compassionate, simple and profound act that honors each person’s individual existence. Understanding the challenge of learning all 4 million plus names, many circles remain without names while symbolically representing the individual. When exhibited, viewers can directly write names of their person or people who have passed on the circle(s). Collaboratively and over time, we complete the project together.

Please help complete the memorial by sharing names of your loved ones. Send them to Tina at [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer to help gather names, especially if you live outside of the United States, please get in touch with Tina at the above email.

Thomas A. Adamavich
Randy G. Addison
Coby Adolph
Kamal Ahmed
Julia Maye Alexander
Robert Lee Amos
Thomas E. Anglin
Robert Manley Argo Jr.
Marylou Armer
Jennifer Robin Arnold
José Diaz-Ayala
John Bailargeon
Wanda Bailey
Peter Bainum
Bobby Lee Barber
Robert Barghaan
Laneeka Barksdale
Bob Barnum
John Timothy Barr
Elizabeth Batista
Harvey Bayard
Glenn Daniel Belitto
Beryl Bernay
Mark Blum
Herman Boehm
Lorena Borjas
Lucia Bosè
Sean Boynes
Patricia Bosworth
Timothy Branscomb
John E. Broadly
Carole Brookins
Julie Butler
Jeanne Hammond Byrnes
Kevin John Cahill
Herman Cain
Chad Capule
Floyd Cardoz
Marie Caronia
John Cassano
Gerald Cassidy
Ricardo Castaneda
Alberto Castro
Alice Chavdarian
Antonio Checo
Romi Cohn
Beverly Collins
John Confrancesco
Minette Goff Cooper
Raymond Copeland
Nick Cordero
Jessica Beatriz Cortez
Robert L. Crahen
Regina D. Cullen
Ronald Burdette Culp
Steve Dalkowski
Viraf Darukhanawalla
Allen Daviau
Sandra Lee deBlecourt
Janissa Delacruz
Isabelle De Leon
Joseph J. Deren Jr.
Marty Derer
*Tommy DeVito
Manu Dibango
Allan Joseph Dickson
Joe Diffie
Marco DiFranco
Loretta Mendoza Dionisio
Cedric Dixon
Regina Dix-Parsons
Huguette Dorsey
Martin Douglas
Patirica Dowd
Terrence George Driscoll
David Driskell
Merle C. Dry
Clair Dunlap
April Dunn
Chester Dwulet
Lester Eber
Roger Eckart
Dave Edwards
Alber Elbaz
Audrey Ellis
Theresa Elloie
Alvin Elton
Angel Escamilla
Ronnie Estes
Lila A. Fenwick
Nancy Ferguson
Anita Fial
Lee Fierro
Alan Finder
Lula Fitzpatrick
Vincent G. Frainee
Patricia Frieson
Alice Coopersmith Furst
Frank Gabrin
Robert Garff
Rena Ann George
David Giacalone
Kenneth R. Going
Muriel M. Going
Susan McPherson Gottsegen
Joeph Graham
Fred Walter Gray
Jay Greenfield
Charles Gregory
James T. Goodrich
Rpbert Gutoff
Lucius Hall
John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond
Fredrick Carl Harris
John Hastie
Rhoda Hatch
Donald Raymond
Harold L. Hayes
Bobby Joseph Hebert
William Helmreich
Louvenia Henderson
Jean-Claude Henrion
Irvin Herman
Douglass Hickok
June Beverly Hill
Gary Holmberg
Norma Hoza
Marguerite M. Horgus
Donald Horsfall
Steven J. Huber
Luis Juarez
Helen Kafkis
Alby Kass
Kious Kelly
Azade Killic
*Larry King
Ann Kolb
Lee Konitz
Andreas Koutsoudakis
Andrew Kowalczyk
Samuel Kramer
Marion Krueger
Marion Lucille Kudja
Cornelius Lawyer
Robert LeBlanc
Lloyd Paul Leftwich
Roger Lehne
Ronald W. Lewis
Eugene Lamar Limbrick
Vincent Lionti
Timothy J. Liszewski
Joe Long
Mark Longo
Trini Lopez
Alan Lund
Antoinette Marie Lutz
Tarlach MacNiallais
Sterling Maddox Jr.
Jesus Roman Malendez
Audry Malone
Jerry Manley
Ellis Marsalis Jr
Kevin Masterson
Sterling E. Matthews
Julian Anguiano-Maya
Scott Melter
Alan Merrill
Mary Virgina McKeon
Michael McKinnell
Christine McLaurin
Terrence McNally
Joseph Migliucci
Michael Mika
Blank N Mild
Charles Miles
Mary Minevini
Harry P. Misthos
Helen Molina
Captain Sir Tom Moore
Gerald Anthony Morales
Florencio Almazo Moràn
Maxwell Mozell
Lilliana Nakamura
John Nakawatase
Howard Alexander Nelson Jr.
Kimarlee Nguyen
Antonio Nieves
Arnold Obey
Freda Ocran
Bassey Offlong
Luiza Ogorodnik
Clark Osojnicki
Richard Passman
Kevin Charles Patz
Albert Pettrocelli
Leroy Perrymon Jr.
Sandy Pratt
Janice Preschel
Ralph Plaisance
Solomon S. Podgursky
*John Prine
Melvin Pumphrey
Sherman Pittman
Angela Piro
Sandra Piotrowski
Bucky Pizzarelli
Jana Prince
Dave Prowse
James Quigley
Angela Raiola
Peggy Rakestraw
Larry Rathgeb
Thomas A. Real
Carl Redd
John Joseph Reed Jr.
Harold Reisner
David Reissig
James Risso-Gill
Walter Robb
Douglas Alan Roberts
Freddy Rodriguez Sr.
Linda Rokus
Susan Rokus
Dez-Ann Romain
Mary Roman
Alberto Romano
Wallace Roney
Gerad Rosenberg
Mark Rubcic
Carl Sue Rubin
Robert Rust
Dick Rutledge
Peter Sakas
Horace Saunders
Robert Earl Schaefer
Adam Schlesinger
*Tom Seaver
Sidney Siegel
Barbara Shelley
Lynn Sierra
Lynn Kellogg Simpers
Sekou Smith
Leo Sreebny
Isreal Suaz
Ann Youngerman Smoler
Noel Sinkiat
Michael Sorkin
Bruce W. Sowalski
Landon Spradlin
Daniel Spector
*Phil Spector
Frederick Brown Starr
Easter Stewart Jr.
JoAnn Stokes-Smith
Maria Linda Villanueva Sun
*Carol Sutton
Kyra Swartz
Patricia H. Thatcher
*Fredrick Thomas
Joseph Micajah Thomas II
Phillip Thomas
Chris Trousdale
Harold L. UpJohn
Rocco Patrick Ursino
George Valentine
Jose Vazquez
Barbara Yazbeck Vethacke
Sandra Santos-Vizcaino

One golden circle for each person who passed from COVID-19

The highly moving Compassion Drawing events invites everyone to participate in the ceremonial aspect of the project. Coming together in this way offers the opportunity to process the incredible losses and challenges of the pandemic. Drawing golden circles is quiet and meditative and each person’s circles are highly individual, like a fingerprint. Multiple people work on the 50 x 72″ drawings creating a rich tapestry of circles expressing the collective nature of REQUIEM. Together we draw, mark, memorialize and honor those that died from Covid 19. We hope you can join us at one of the upcoming Compassion Drawing events. If you would like to host a drawing event in your city or town, please get in touch with Tina at [email protected].

Compassion Drawing Events

January 9, 2022  Westminster Presbyterian, Tiburon, CA

November 15, 2021   92nd Street Y, New York City, NY

September 28, 2021   St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA

September 3 – 5, 2021   Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, CA

August 5, 2021   Grace Cathedral, San Francisco CA

June 24, 2021     RagaYoga Studio, Walnut Creek, CA

A project of this importance and size is a costly endeavor. Please donate in support Requiem. All donations go to materials, costs associated with the Compassion Drawing events, documentation and exhibitions. If you would like to become an official sponsor of Requiem, please contact Tina at [email protected]. By financially supporting Requiem, you become part of the project and help make it’s completion possible.

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