Aurora Mann Creates Book To Honor Lives Lost During The Pandemic

AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) – There’s no way to measure how much we’ve lost in the past year. For many of us, the people we love have been the most tragic loss of all.

“As the death toll began to rise, we as a society have become numb to the fact that the number is so high,” said Gregg Gonzales.

Gonzales, founder of Joyful Living LLC, is creating a book project called In The Dash – A Celebration of Life That Is Well Live. This anthology consists of 12 to 15 chapters per book and contains the personal stories of family members, loved ones and friends of someone they love and lost to the pandemic. The term “in the line” refers to the line on gravestones between the year of birth and the year of death – where life is actually lived.

“My thought was how can we tell the stories of these people who we have lost, be it to COVID-19 or at some point during that time because someone’s memory has changed,” Gonzales said. “So many people who have felt this loss could not find this finality and could speak about it in an appropriate way.”

Each book is produced in a virtual “interview” format called the SpeakEasy method. Each chapter of the book is named after a lost person, along with the year of their birth and death. The interviews will highlight the impact this person had during their brief but meaningful life on earth (their time “on the dashboard”). A portion of the proceeds from all book sales will be donated to NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Health to support their work in the fight against mental illness caused by COVID-19.

Gonzales’ goal is to raise $ 30,000 in donations to help cover production and publishing costs, and to give these writers the opportunity to share their stories for them for free.

If you would like to remember your loved one through Gonzales’ book, send Gregg a message through the ‘contact us’ page on his website at www.joy-ful-living.com.

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