Tomorrow, Tuesday 23 March, is set aside for a National Day of Reflection. People across the country will join together in a minute’s silence at 12 noon to reflect on those who have died and show support to the millions of people who are bereaved.
The event has been championed by Marie Curie Cancer Care and is supported by the National Care Forum (NCF).
The day will be commemorated with a programme of free online talks and conversations produced by the Good Grief Festival. NCF CEO Vic Rayner will be on the panel discussion at the event ‘Are we really in this together? Tackling Inequalities in Health and Social Care’ at 3pm.
Rayner said: “Sorrow lays heavy on us all as we head to this anniversary of a year since the first national lockdown; a year where so many have lost loved ones, friends, colleagues and valued members of their communities; a year when so many have not been able to enjoy the very human connections – of touch, kiss, love, hugs and affection; a year when so many have had to stay away from community.
“In amongst all of this the country has turned its focus to social care… critically, it has been people living in care homes who have lost so much.
“In each and every one of these communities that have been hit so hard, there has been fantastic leadership, community and care, demonstrating just what incredible value social care brings to the people and families that it serves. As we reflect and remember, let us also take a moment to reflect on light and hope in a time dominated by sorrow and darkness.”