C&C to take part in National Day of Reflection


Central and Cecil (C&C) is supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.

Spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie, and set to take place on Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown – C&C is committed to supporting the National Day of Reflection, alongside a host of organisations, MPs, and celebrities who are backing the day.

Marie Curie estimates that over three million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, yet many have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve.

The National Day of Reflection will give the nation and communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died during this time and show support for our families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.

C&C is encouraging all its residents and staff to join the organisation and thousands across the country in the one minute silence that will be held at 12pm on Tuesday 23 March. In addition, C&C is inviting anyone affected by grief this year or interested in learning more to join one of the various talks Marie Curie is hosting throughout the day.

Julia Ashley, Chief Executive, C&C said: “For some time at C&C, we had been discussing the need to mark what has been a challenging period for our residents and staff members alike.

“This one year anniversary seems the perfect occasion to reflect and remember those who have been lost, including some of our own residents, along with the sacrifices made by so many – not least frontline healthcare workers who have given so much. Our own care and housing teams have been truly inspirational in the selflessness and empathy they have shown throughout the pandemic to date.”

Marie Curie warns that without the right support for people who have been bereaved, the devastation that the pandemic has caused will impact the lives of people for generations.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive, Marie Curie said: “We need to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen this year and show support for everyone who has been bereaved in the most challenging of circumstances. We cannot simply stand by and not recognise the effects the pandemic has had on the bereaved. We know people are in shock, confused, upset, angry and unable to process what has happened.

“The National Day of Reflection on 23 March gives us a moment to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of everyone that has died, as well as show our support to family, friends and colleagues who are bereaved during these challenging times – from Covid and other causes.”

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

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