Take a moment for National Day of Reflection - join a minute's silence at 12noon this Wednesday
Tue, 22 Mar 2022

For this year's National Day of Reflection, which marks two years since the start of the first national lockdown in the UK, the council is encouraging colleagues and residents to again take a moment to reflect on the family, friends, neighbours and colleagues that have been lost due to the pandemic. 

Join us for a minute's silence at 12noon on Wednesday 23 March - the fire alarm will sound at 12noon and again at 12.01pm to signify the minute's silence for those in council buildings. 

Supported by end-of-life charity Marie Curie, individuals and organisations will pause on Wednesday to support the millions of people who have been bereaved and in remembrance of those who have died during the COVID-19 crisis as part of a national day of reflection. 

While life is beginning to return to normal for some people, several million people are still living with the trauma of loss, and not being able to grieve properly. 

We will also take time to think of the NHS staff, health and social care workers and family carers that have played such an important role in looking after our loved ones and continue to do so every day. 

Caroline Lacey, chief executive, said: "No one could have predicted the challenges we have faced over the past 24 months, the day the first lockdown was announced. We have lost colleagues to the virus and many of you will have lost loved ones. 

"I ask everyone, wherever you are working on Wednesday, to take a moment to focus and reflect on the pandemic, to think of those we have lost, and those that have lost over the past two years, not forgetting the commitment and kindness shown by so many people to support the East Riding and further afield." 

There are lots of ways to take part, from joining the minute's silence at 12noon, to hosting a Wall of Reflection or watching an inspiring online talk.  

The council's digital screens will show two Marie Curie 'day of reflection' videos over the next couple of days for anyone that would like to take a moment. 

If you would like to find out more, head to the Marie Curie website: mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection  

The charity are encouraging people to join one or more activities on the day: 

  • Observe a minute's silence at midday
  • Shine a light at 8pm, or display flowers in your window
  • Visit a Wall of Reflection or remember a loved one in your own way 
  • Join one of seven online Marie Curie organised talks and panel discussions 

If you, or someone you care about is grieving, the Marie Curie Support Line can help. Whether your bereavement was expected, happened recently or was some time ago, they are there to listen and discuss your practical and emotional concerns. They can also support you before your loved one dies. Call for free on 0800 090 2309 to speak to one of their trained Support Line Officers or get ongoing support from a bereavement volunteer. 


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