National Day of Reflection
Join Marie Curie on Tuesday 23rd March to reflect on our collective loss, support those who have been bereaved and come together to hope for a brighter future. watch
Grief and bereavement can be very lonely and the last year has made it even more difficult for people experiencing loss and having to face it on their own due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions. Just a small gesture of support can help someone feel less alone.
So, here is what is planned for the day and some ways that you and your friends, family & community can get involved:
- Create a colourful poster for your window. Everyone can get involved in this (even if your drawing skills are a little rusty!). Paint or draw a pretty flower poster and create your own art. Place it in your window on or before 23 March and let everyone see you are supporting. (You could share your pictures on social media using #DayofReflection).
- Buy some beautiful yellow spring flowers (daffodils are the obvious choice as they are in abundance at the moment!) and on 23 March display them somewhere prominent for everyone to see.
- Send a bunch of pretty spring blooms to someone who is grieving so they know you’re thinking about them.
- Join a national minute of silence at 12 noon: take a minute to reflect and give yourself time and space to think about the last year, reflect on you or your loved ones’ loss and remember those who’ve lost their lives.
- Shine a light : at 8pm a minute’s silence will be observed and we can all come together to light up the night. Stand outside with a light – a candle, a torch, even your phone – to remember someone who has died and show your support to people going through a bereavement.
- Alternatively put a light/candle in your window for everyone to see.
There are so many simple ways to take part and we hope by doing something you will feel connected to everyone who is doing their little bit too.