Mountbatten are holding a Day of Reflection tomorrow (Tuesday) on the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown to remember all those who have died and to keep in mind all those who have been bereaved.
Mountbatten Chief Executive Nigel Hartley says:
“Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died across the UK. Mountbatten has supported many more people than normal who have died across our communities.
“Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people who have been bereaved. Join Mountbatten on 23 March for a Day of Reflection to reflect on the many deaths we have experienced, support those who have been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. We know that many people across the UK will be taking time to pause and reflect, as part of a National Day of Reflection, on everything that has happened this last year.”
Take a minute to reflect
Mountbatten invites you to take some time and space to think about the last year, reflect on you or your loved ones’ loss and remember those who have lost their lives.
You can also join the minute of silence at 12 noon or at 20:00 there will be a minute’s silence and a coming together to light up the night. Stand outside with a light – a candle, a torch, even your phone – to remember someone who has died and show your support to people going through a bereavement.
Take a moment to connect
• Send flowers to someone you love – Sending flowers to someone who is bereaved or needs your support is a wonderful way to show someone that you are thinking of them.
• Write a card, letter, or email – Let someone who is bereaved know you are thinking about them in a card, letter, or email. It does not have to be perfect, just write from the heart.
• Talk and listen – Do you know someone who has gone through a bereavement in the last year? This is a great time to check in with them.
If you are not sure what to say, then have a look at the article on bereavement during COVID in the latest edition of Connect (https://www.mountbatten.org.uk/connect-spring-2021). You can also see Jane Hazeldine, Mountbatten’s Director of Psychosocial Care, talking about what to say to someone who is bereaved.
At 08:00 tomorrow morning, Mountbatten will be marking this day of reflection by premiering ‘One Day Soon’, a song specially written for and sung by the Mountbatten Young Adults Group and the Mountbatten Community Choir.
Show your support
Grief and bereavement can be lonely, and the last year has made it even harder for people going through it. Just a small gesture of support can help someone feel less alone.
• Create a colourful poster for your window – Show your support by placing it in your window before 23rd March and sharing on social media using #MountbattenDayofReflection.
• Bring in a bit of nature – Buy some beautiful yellow spring flowers and on 23rd March pop them somewhere where your neighbours can see. You might want to send a bunch to someone who is bereaved so they know that you are thinking about them. Or how about planting some yellow flowers? Fill your garden or put 1 or 2 in a pot.