Hounslow joins National Day of Reflection

The National Day of Reflection will remember those who lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: Wednesday, 23rd March 2022

COVID-19 National Day of Reflection 2022

We’re supporting today’s National Day of Reflection, marking the anniversary of the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, standing together with everyone across the Borough and the country who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

Organised by charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection looks to reflect on our collective loss, support those who've been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

Among the events marking the day, Marie Curie have organised an online Moment of Reflection with their ambassador and Downton Abbey star Jim Carter at 11.50am, leading into the minute’s silence at midday, an Instagram Live in which psychotherapist and best-selling author Julia Samuel will demonstrate some natural approaches to dealing with trauma, anxiety and grief, with TV presenter Mel Giedroyc hosting a kitchen table discussion at 6pm with some special guests, sharing family recipes and discussing grief.

In Central London from 10am, Covid19familiesuk will be tying yellow ribbons to Westminster Bridge and London Ambulance Service are holding a service in its memorial garden at Waterloo Road, ahead of the minute's silence at noon where they will be joined by representatives from London Fire Brigade, St John Ambulance and the NHS.

Ruth May, NHS England's Chief Nursing Officer, said: “The last two years have been like no other and while this pandemic has taken a huge toll on the country as a whole, I am eternally thankful and proud of everything our health and care and workforce has achieved through all they have experienced and through the ongoing challenges they tackle every day to give the best care possible.

“I have seen NHS staff across the length and breadth of the country step up to the task that has faced them, delivering the best possible care to their patients and supporting each other during some very difficult times. That is why it is so important that we get together and reflect as a nation on the impact COVID-19 has had on us all, especially those who are no longer with us.”

Marie Curie Chief Nurse Julie Pearce said: “While life is beginning to return to normal for some people, several million people are still living with the trauma of loss, and not being able to grieve properly. Let's take time to connect, and show support for the millions of people who are grieving, and remember the family, friends, neighbours and colleagues we've lost over the last two years. Whilst observing the minute's silence at midday, I will be thinking of all the nurses and health care professionals across Marie Curie and the NHS, and in particular the family of Marie Curie Senior Healthcare Assistant Barbara Sage who sadly died in April 2020.”

For a full list of events, visit the Marie Curie website and for local updates and information, please check our coronavirus section.

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