Family recovers from COVID trauma with mum’s massive floor-to-ceiling photo montage in living room
An English mum has turned her entire living room wall into a photo montage to remind her family of happier times in a bid to help them cope with the trauma of COVID.
Louise Whapshott, 46, wanted to celebrate decades of special memories the family made together before the pandemic to remind them that better days are coming, and spent six hours covering an entire wall in her East home Hampshire with 700 black and white photos of special memories.
She and her family have gone through a difficult time during the pandemic. Her husband, Martin, 49, ended up in intensive care due to the virus in April 2020, while his father Jim died aged 77 after catching him in his nursing home the same month.
Her teenage children, Corbin and Eva, are both still suffering from long COVID and chronic fatigue since catching the virus at school in late 2020.
“I always capture our happy moments on camera and COVID has reminded us how short life can be and how quickly it can change,” said Whapshott, a mental health worker. “I wanted to remind us of all the amazing things we’ve done and I can’t wait to make more memories.”
Whapshott said she had been planning the activity for months, and after printing out all the photos, she organized them into categories for each family member, plus one for Jim, one for friends and vacations, and more. another for dogs and cats.
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“We have too many good memories to be locked away in a phone or a computer,” she added. “It took two evenings of collage, so about six hours. My daughter stuck and I stuck.
“I love my photo wall and now I can look at all those beautiful happy memories that make me laugh. Life isn’t quite normal for us right now with the kids, but I love laughing at everyone the random memories we’ve created so far.
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