St Paul’s Church in Bedford will be marking the National Day of Reflection tomorrow (Tuesday) with the message ‘reflect, support, hope’.
The National Day of Reflection, set up by the Marie Curie charity, is a chance for us all to take a moment to remember the many people who have been bereaved or affected by Covid-19 (coronavirus).
According to the latest government data, more than 146,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK since the start of the pandemic.
The Church in Church Square will be open between 11am and 2.30pm on Tuesday 23 March for the people of Bedford to pay their respects with a prayer or to light a candle as they remember loved ones lost to or affected by Covid over the last year.
At 11.45am the tolling of the bell at St Paul’s will begin and last for fifteen minutes.
At 12 noon the bells will stop to observe a nationwide minute’s silence to honour our own as well as the millions of people worldwide who are bereaved.
A spokesperson for St Paul’s Church, said: “We are encouraging people to make this a moment to connect with someone.”
Marie Curie said: “Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind.
“There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.”
As well as the minute’s silence, people are encouraged to light a candle and place it on their doorstep at 8pm as a symbol of remembrance.