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Submit a Story Behind the Name

Stories Behind the Names introduce us to commemorated victims beyond the violent acts that ended their lives and woven together, remind us of the true impact of violence. Read more below and learn how to submit a Story Behind the Name for your loved one.

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What you need for Submit a Story Behind the Name

The Garden of Peace invites family member survivors to submit a Story Behind the Name focusing on who your loved one was. In doing this, you remember them and in a small way, others get to know them. 

Consider using the questions below to help you tell your loved one’s story. 

  • What would you like others to know about them?
  • What/who did they like/love/enjoy?
  • What/who made them happy?
  • What/who was important to them?
  • What were their dreams?
  • What is their legacy?
  • What is a special memory you or others have of them?
  • What do you miss most about them?
  • What was/is the impact of your loss?

Please note: Only stories and photos for homicide victims memorialized in the Garden of Peace will be posted on the website. Stories are limited in size and subject to edits, which will be discussed with you before posting. Stories Behind the Names are provided by victims' families. MOVA is not responsible for views expressed in the content. If someone other than the person who submitted the original application for engraving is submitting the Story, we will obtain consent from the original applicant when feasible.

How to submit Submit a Story Behind the Name

Please use this electronic form to submit your story and/or photo online.

Stories are limited in size and subject to edits. We will contact you to confirm receipt of your story and discuss edits with you before posting.

Please download, complete, and mail or email the below Stories Behind the Names Form. 

Stories Behind the Names Form

Stories should be limited to approximately 375 words—a couple paragraphs or ¼ page. All stories will be subject to editing. Please consider including a photograph.

Mail it to MOVA/Garden of Peace, One Ashburton Pl., Suite 1101, Boston MA 02108. If you mail a photo, please provide your address for its return.

OR

Email it to gardenofpeace@mass.gov.

We will contact you to confirm receipt of your story and discuss edits with you before posting.

Tell your story to a MOVA/Garden of Peace staff person, who will write it for you to review. Call 617-586-1369.

Stories are limited in size and subject to edits. If someone other than the person who submitted the original application for engraving is submitting the Story, we will obtain consent from the original applicant when feasible.

More info for Submit a Story Behind the Name

To find a Story Behind the Name already posted, go to Stories Behind the Name.

You can also find a Story Behind the Name already posted on Commemorated Victims. Here, names in blue bold indicate a Story Behind the Name has been posted. Click on the name to read their story.

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