Sanctum: An avenue of bereavement
Death during a pandemic may cause problems for the bereaved as traditions and rituals may be disrupted due to safety measures. As a result, most deaths caused by COVID-19 were not given proper funerals or burial due to the risk of the virus spreading to the bereaved during funerals or burial ceremonies.
Sanctum aims to provide a new form of bereavement for families through visual, material and sound. By casting ashes of the deceases into spheres, these spheres are timely and precisely cast into a spiral beeswax candle that will be burned for seven days, releasing a sphere each day. When the sphere is released, it will fall onto a crystal glass plate which will create a soothing and sharp sound representing the presence of the deceased. With Sanctum, pain can be eased as bereaved family members register the death of their loved ones.