A Day of National Reflection
A year on from the day the nation went into our first National Lockdown.
Today, the 23 March, the UK is coming together to remember the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, with a National Day of Reflection to remember those who are no longer with us, support those who've been bereaved and to consider ways towards a brighter future.
We have recorded a short film to mark the national day of reflection that many people are participating in today.
The new national day of reflection comes after a year of difficulty for everyone, but particularly for those bereaved. With visiting restrictions in hospitals and care homes, and numbers and funerals strictly limited, families have been unable to bid their loved ones farewell in the usual way. Studies have shown the negative impact these gut-wrenching restrictions have on the bereaved and their grief.
COVID has meant many people have not experienced a good death: we all wish to be surrounded by our loved ones, to have our affairs in order and our wishes met. We ensure that this happens for patients and those important to them.The Hospice has remained open throughout the pandemic, allowing visitors and keeping families together even at the most difficult times during the pandemic, whilst keeping everyone safe. We believe that everyone with a terminal illness and those important to them should be #InAGoodPlace at the end of their life.
“Our Hospice staff and volunteers have conversations with families about their wishes at the end of life every day. We want to help as many people as possible be in a good place, physically and mentally, when it comes to the end of life. Whether this means making decisions about your future wishes, or being admitted for in-patient care, we want people to know that Hospice care is here for them.”: Hospice in the Weald Care Director, Paul Madden.
As well as remembering those who have died, we will be reflecting on the huge contribution of our Hospice staff and volunteers, who have cared for so many families in these most difficult of times in this last year. Today we come together to thank them for their contribution, and to share in our losses over the last year. Although we have been physically apart, this shared time is an important reminder of how we support each other together.
Join us in today's minutes silence to reflect on the last year.