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WAY supports National Day of Reflection

March 2021

WAY Widowed and Young supports National Day of Reflection on 23 March 2021

A day to reflect, grieve and remember

WAY Widowed and Young is pleased to be supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show our support for everyone who has been bereaved over the past year.

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 – WAY 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 WAY members who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed 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.”

WAY is calling on our members, friends and supporters to take a minute to reflect at 12 noon on the National Day of Reflection on 23 March for those who have died during the pandemic; and take a moment to connect with someone else who has been bereaved. We will also be asking our members to shine a light at 8pm in memory of those who have died.

To mark the date, next week we will be sharing stories from our members who have been bereaved over the past year. Please tune in to our Instagram Live series at 4pm on Sunday to hear WAY Ambassador Emma Charlesworth sharing her experience of being widowed to Covid:  https://www.instagram.com/widowedandyoung/