Unique phone booth helping people cope with grief


It’s not your typical phone booth. In fact, the phone inside is disconnected, but it’s still giving people a unique way to cope with the loss of loved ones.

\An unexpected place of healing: a phone booth for service members, veterans and their family members.

“People can come and actually leave recorded messages for their lost loved ones or people who they just aren’t in contact with anymore,” says Project Manager, Naomi Natale.

The Lines Across Time Memory Booth is housed at the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras.

Air Force Veteran Robert Marshall says he’s still coping with the loss of a fellow airman to suicide. He says finally vocalizing all the things he wishes he’d said was challenging but liberating.

“It was hard because the things I’ve been carrying around, the people I had lost over the years,” Marshall says. 

Marshall says even though there is no one on the other end, it’s a call worth making.

“Get out of your own way. You need this. On one level or another, you need to talk. You need to let it out. So it doesn’t come out some other way,” Marshall says. 

The booth was developed by the University of New Mexico Arts and Medicine Program. It was inspired by a similar project after the Fukishima nuclear disaster in Japan.

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