On 23 March 2021, it’ll be one year since the first UK lockdown. Since then, millions of people have been bereaved, both as a result of Covid-19 and due to other causes. The restrictions we’ve all been living under have meant that many people have had to grieve without the comfort of having friends and family around them.

Marie Curie, a charity which supports people around the event of a terminal diagnosis, has organised a National Day of Reflection to acknowledge grief and loss over the last year. The national Church of England is one of several organisations supporting it.

There will be a minute’s silence at 12 noon to create a moment that shows support for the millions of people who’ve been bereaved, and at 8.00pm a ‘share the light’ moment to light candles and lanterns in windows. You might want to connect with someone who is grieving, or use the specially designed Act of Prayer which can be found here.

For more information on the day click here. There will be TV and radio advertising, and widespread media coverage giving more information about events in the coming days.

Dear God,
Be with us as we think about all that has changed this year,
And help us to trust that you are always with us.
Be close to us as we remember those who have died,
And help us to trust they are at peace with you.
Show us how to reach out to others with kindness and care,
So that hope shines out in every heart and home,

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