The ‘National Day of Reflection’, which is being led by Marie Curie, takes place on Tuesday 23 March – the one year anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown.
Marie Curie estimates that over three million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, it is believed that many of these people won’t have had the chance to properly say goodbye or grieve.
The ‘National Day of Reflection’ aims to give us a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died, as well as show support for our families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.
What we are doing at NDHT?
We want to commemorate all those who have died, support those who have been bereaved throughout the pandemic, and encourage each other to take a moment to reflect on the last year, so as a Trust, we will be marking the one minute silence, which is being held nationally at 12 noon on 23 March.
At the same time, we want to mark our appreciation for our staff, who have gone above and beyond to care for the communities we serve.
In addition to the minute’s silence, external parts of NDDH will be lit up yellow between 8pm and 10pm as another way of showing our support.
There are lots of different ways you, your friends and your family can get involved in the day. A full range of resources and templates can be found here.