National Day of Reflection to remember those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Sun 21st March 2021

A national end of life charity is inviting the country to come together to remember those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.

Marie Curie is spearheading a National Day of Reflection, which will take place on Tuesday (March 23) – exactly a year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first UK lockdown.

The National Day of Reflection will see a minute’s silence take place at 12noon, followed by bells tolling at 12.01pm.

Later, at 8pm, people across the country are invited to stand on their doorsteps and shine a light or light a candle to signify a beacon of remembrance.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of Marie Curie, explained: “We need to take a moment to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen in the past 12 months and show support for everyone who has been bereaved – be that from Covid or any other cause.

“Many people are in shock, confused, upset, angry and unable to process what has happened. But there is an overwhelming need to come together, to remember, to grieve, to celebrate.

“On March 23, we invite everyone to join together to hold a minute’s silence at 12noon, take a moment to reach out to someone they know is grieving, and shine a light at 8pm.”

A minute’s silence will be held at Amber Valley Borough Council’s Ripley offices at 12noon and residents are invited to “tie a yellow ribbon at their front door or window” to show their support.

Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams, leader of Amber Valley Borough Council, issued a lengthy statement about the National Day of Reflection.

He said: “Amber Valley Borough Council is supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.

“The National Day of Reflection will take place on Tuesday (March 23), which is also the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown. More than three million people have been bereaved since then.

“The campaign is spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie and the day will give communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate anyone who has died during this time and show support for those who are grieving.

“Mr Johnson announced the first national stay-at-home order on 23 March 2020, days after warning many families would ‘lose loved ones before their time’.

“The total number of recorded deaths linked to coronavirus in the UK was 335 on that date. There have now been over 143,000 deaths.”

Alfreton House has been decorated ahead of the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday.