A minute's silence was held yesterday as people reflected on lives lost to Covid-19 since the first lockdown on March 23, 2020.
And last night families stood at their front doors with candles and public buildings were lit up yellow in remembrance of those who had died.
One of the first to succumb to the virus was 82-year-old Ruth Burke from Newtownabbey, who passed away a year ago today.
Covid has robbed another 2,106 of their lives here since.
While thousands recovered from the virus, many of them took months to do so, and for some the effects will be with them for the rest of their lives.
For so many the damage caused by the virus was not physical, but no less destructive, with closed businesses and lost jobs.
For others it was the pain of being unable to visit elderly parents in care homes, hug loved ones, or even celebrate birthdays and weddings.
The most painful loss of all, of course, was felt by those whose loved ones died and who are still struggling to grasp that reality.
Arty Vallely and his wife Isobel from Belfast were among the first to succumb - passing away within 12 hours of each other on March 29, 2020 just days after the first lockdown began.
Their daughter Fiona said as she and her brothers prepared to mark the first anniversary of their deaths, so much remains on hold, including their final farewell.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, she said: "When mum and dad died we were able to fulfil their final wishes in that dad was cremated and mum was buried in the cemetery.
"But we weren't allowed to attend the cremation and only 10 people were permitted at mum's graveside.
"We watched their Requiem Mass on Facebook but it wasn't the send-off they deserved and that we wanted for them, and we still haven't been able to do that for them.
"I live in Tenerife now and I haven't even been able to get back to Belfast since last May, so there's so much still to do, like organising a headstone.
"Until that is all done I feel we haven't had proper closure.
"Mum and dad were married for 53 years and they meant the whole world to me and my brothers Chris and Mark.
"They were so important to all of us and this year has been just horrendous, but I don't see the next 12 months bringing too much change.
"We are still in a lockdown, people are still afraid and I know that now there is a vaccine, but hearing about all the new strains of Covid emerging is a worry and makes looking forward to getting out of this any time soon difficult."
While for most people it is almost impossible to imagine the pain of having a funeral for both parents on the same day, Lynn Gray knows exactly what Fiona and her siblings endured.
Her parents Blossom and Barney McGlinchey from Greysteel died just six minutes apart on January 20 this year.
The couple, inseparable in life, were not be separated in death, and painful though that has been for their grieving family, it also brings some comfort.
Barney and Blossom, married for 52 years, were part of the fabric of Faughanvale Parish, where they had lived and where they brought up their family of five children.
Lynn said in the weeks that have passed the messages and acts of kindnesses bestowed on the family have brought great comfort.
But the family are still struggling to accept their nightmare is real.
She said: "When I look back over the past 12 months and all that has happened, I still at times find it difficult to accept that this is the way things are now.
"It is as if life before coronavirus is a whole world away.
"So many times I find myself thinking: 'I must tell mammy and daddy this'. But then I remember we don't have them with us any more.
"Had it not been for coronavirus we would still have mammy and daddy.
"I am convinced of that, and I think that only a deadly virus or maybe a road crash would have taken them both at the same time.
"Mammy and daddy were always together, they shared so much, so in a strange way it is some kind of comfort knowing they are still together.
"As the weeks have passed we have drawn so much comfort too from all the messages and kind acts people have sent us - people who would have attended the wake and the funeral but who couldn't because of the restrictions.
"Those messages have sustained us and we appreciate so much every kind thought, word and action people took to show us they were thinking about us even though they couldn't be with us."
The importance of being with a loved one as they take their final breath, the traditional wake and a large funeral are things Eugene Ferry has come to realise since his father, also Eugene, passed away in Altnagelvin Hospital on November 10, 2020.
He said: "My father was my hero - simple as that.
"He was larger than life and so many people thought so highly of him, both in Derry where we live but also in Downings in Donegal, where my daddy had a caravan and went on holiday for decades.
"My father was taken into Altnagelvin Hospital a week after testing positive for Covid and he went steadily downhill from then.
"After he passed away the nurses dressed him in the clothes he went into hospital in, and 'face-timed' my mother, sister and me. That was how we said goodbye to him.
"His coffin was closed, we didn't have a wake or the funeral we wanted, and it is only now that I realise how much we missed by not being able to have those traditions and how important they are to the grieving process.
"Coronavirus isn't like anything else we have experienced.
"My father would be alive if it wasn't for coronavirus. If it was a flu he would be still here, and it angers me that there are still people who try and down play coronavirus.
"This is a deadly virus, it is still claiming the lives of people everywhere, and to be honest, I think it is going to be a long time yet before we are out the other side."
One of the first victims of Covid-19 in Derry was well-known and respected priest Fr John McNamara, who contracted the virus while recuperating in hospital in Belfast following an operation.
Although he was originally from Scotland, the loss of Fr McNamara to the Carmalite Order in Termonbacca and to the thousands of people who went there over the years to make their confession to him is still felt.
Prior of the retreat centre in Termonbacca Fr Stephen Quinn said he was among those who still feel the loss of Fr McNamara.
He said: "Fr John was very well-known and people would have come here from all over Derry and Donegal so he could hear their confession.
"We still haven't been able to fill the void he left in that respect, and perhaps we won't.
"He had an incredible gift for being able to get people to accept forgiveness for their sins.
"One of the most difficult things for me about Fr John's death from coronavirus was that we were not able to have him dressed in his habit and scapular, which is traditional for our order.
"But I understand a nurse on the ward placed a Bible in his hands, and knowing that is a comfort."