When Nicki Broderick’s father passed away during the pandemic, she didn’t know what she was going to do. He had tested positive for COVID-19 so she couldn’t see her mother to mourn because she had to quarantine for two weeks.
I lost my dad yesterday. I’m in absolute shock. He was positive for COVID-19, but was getting better.I am utterly lost and heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/vF04MMIB9i
— Nicki Broderick (@alaurei) April 1, 2020
“I made a space on my island to visit him, since I can’t visit my mom,” she wrote in a tweet. She created a small place where she could grieve on her Animal Crossing: New Horizons island. It was something to help her cope during a pandemic that’s made mourning more difficult than it already is.
While memorials and funerals still happen during the pandemic, they are harder to plan and hold. The CDC says that virtual services are recommended as “many people have become sick with COVID-19 after attending a funeral service.” Players have used past Animal Crossing games to build memorials, but memorials in New Horizons have become more prominent because of the pandemic.