Remembrance and reflection

At Support Social Care Heroes we know how much sacrifice has been made by carers throughout the pandemic.

We will be joining with colleagues across the country in marking this suffering and sacrifice on Social Care Day of Remembrance and Reflection on Thursday 17 March. But our care heroes are part of the wider community and we have all suffered during the pandemic. 

Therefore, we urge everyone to join the National Day of Reflection on Wednesday 23 March and observe the national minute’s silence at 12pm.

Led by end-of-life charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection is a day to reflect on the lives of the people who have died during the last two years and support the millions of people who are grieving. Whether from Covid or any other cause.

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, millions of people across the UK have been bereaved. All our communities have felt the impact of this tragic loss of life.

Nicola Richards, Founder of Support Social Care Heroes, commented:

I’d encourage everyone to take part in this nationwide moment of reflection. 

We will be working with care homes to mark the 23 March. On the day, we will be releasing a new choral song, by Sheffield Harmony, paying tribute to those who have suffered.

This will be performed at a care home in Sheffield after we have observed the minute’s silence at 12 noon.

Last year the first National Day of Reflection saw widespread support and connected the nation in grief in the first event of its kind. 

To take part this year, people are encouraged to visit mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection and join one or more activities on the day:

– Observe a minute’s silence at midday

– Shine a yellow light at 8pm, or display yellow flowers in your window

– Visit a Wall of Reflection or remember a loved one in your own way – an interactive online map at mariecurie.org/dayofreflection will display a UK wide network of Walls of Reflection where people can go to remember the loved ones they have lost and where the local community can come together to support those who are grieving.

– Join one of seven online Marie Curie organised talks and panel discussions, see mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection for more details.

– Prominent buildings and landmarks will light up yellow at night to mark the occasion. Last year, over 100 lit up – from Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth, Devon to Ness Bridge in Inverness, Scotland. 

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection

The Marie Curie Support Line can help if you, or someone you care about is grieving. Call 0800 090 2309 to speak to a trained Support Line Officer or visit Mariecurie.org.uk/support to get ongoing support from a bereavement volunteer. 

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