There’s a new heart-warming memorial located on Third Avenue beach in Belmar.
Rima Samman wanted to honor her brother, Rami Samman, on what would have been his 41st birthday on January 25. He lost his life battling COVID-19 last year.
Samman posted a video to her personal Facebook page which caught the attention of many locals Monday night. Together they gathered around the memorial, filled with candles and painted seashells, to pay their respects to Rami as well as all COVID-19 victims.
“I wanted it to be special something like if he was looking down from heaven he’d see it. On Monday it was his birthday. That was why I lit the heart,” Samman said. “I just miss Rami and I figured this was a way he can blow out his candles from heaven.”
The memorial is now being seen by many visitors throughout the day. Samman has also received donations of shells so that she can continue to maintain the memorial add names to the heart.
Samman revealed that her brother loved helping the community and that he was the person to do anything for anyone. In the end, she hopes this helps heal the people around her.