Woking Borough Council is supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.
Spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23 March marks the one year anniversary of the UK going into lockdown and the imposing of restrictions.
Marie Curie estimates that over three million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, with many unable to say goodbye to loved ones, grieve or be comforted properly by those around them.
The National Day of Reflection will give communities a moment to remember those who have died during this time and show support for families, friends and colleagues who are still coming to terms with their loss.
The Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, said: “To support our borough’s emotional recovery from the effects of the pandemic, please take part in the events happening throughout the National Day of Reflection.
“For some people, the isolation and loneliness won’t end when the restrictions end. Their loss and separation from their loved ones is permanent, which is why we must all take a moment on Tuesday 23 March to show the bereaved our support."
How to take part
- At midday on Tuesday 23 March there will be a national one minute silence.
- In the evening light up your doorstep with a candle or lantern. Prominent buildings and landmarks will be illuminated across the UK in memory of the lives lost. The lights surrounding the Jubilee Square entrances to the Peacocks and Wolsey shopping centres in Woking Town Centre will be turned yellow in support.
Residents must continue to adhere to the National Lockdown: Stay At Home guidance when marking this event. To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved safely, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection