Remembering loved ones lost during the pandemic

Monday, 22 March, 2021

A National Day of Reflection is being held tomorrow, Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown – to remember all those who have sadly passed away during the pandemic and to show support for families who are grieving.

The National Day of Reflection includes a minute's silence at midday (12noon) to reflect on those who have died, daffodils (fresh, drawn or crafted) placed in windows, as a symbol of hope; and online talks featuring people who are bereaved, celebrities and expert panellists sharing experiences and answering questions.

As night falls, the nation will appear on their doorsteps at 8pm with candles, torches or simply lights from their mobile phones - for a minute of silence in the evening, sharing a beacon of support in these incredibly tough times.

Gill Kneller, Chief Executive of East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council, said; "The past year has been incredibly challenging, too many lives have been cut short and our lives have changed drastically.

"On this anniversary we are taking the opportunity to reflect on our collective loss, support each other and look forward in hope for a brighter future.

"We cannot expect life to go back to 'normal' quickly and there may be challenges still to come, but together we can grow and support each other through it all."

You can find out more about the National Day of Reflection and sign-up to one of the online talks by visiting the Marie Curie website. If you would like to share what you are doing as part of the day on social media, please remember to tag #DayofReflection.