The HICA Group will come together on the 23rd of March and join hundreds of other organisations to support The Marie Curie Trust Day of Reflection, a nationwide event to reflect on the past year, our difficulties, our losses and to look forward to a brighter future, together.
Since the first lockdown began on 23rd March 2020, as a nation, we have sadly lost hundreds of thousands of people. Many lives have been cut short and thousands have been bereaved. Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. Many have been unable to properly say goodbye to their loved ones, comfort or even hug each other. As a nation, we need to acknowledge the millions in silent pain.
The HICA Family, along with so many others, have also been touched by covid. We too have mourned the passing of friends and will therefore be supporting the National Day of Reflection, alongside more than 100 care organisations, charities, businesses, community groups, MPs, and celebrities who are backing the day. The devastating impact of the pandemic has torn the hearts of thousands of people across the country and we recognise that reflection is an important way of helping us find the space and time to grieve A minutes’ silence will be held at 12 noon and at 8pm across their homes and the nation people will be lighting a candle or shining a light in memory of those who’ve died, and to show support to those who’re grieving.
We have also arranged, in partnership with Hull Minster, for an extra special service to be held to commemorate those touched by the coronavirus. The Service will feature readings by staff members and a compilation of video clips sent in from across The HICA Group, bringing everyone together to reflect and support each other. This service will be recorded making it possible for all residents and staff in our homes to watch and take part. The service will also be shared on our Facebook page.
Across the Group activities will be held throughout the day, helping people to remember and reflect on the past year. Among the many activities taking place there will be baking, crafts including handmade daffodils and yellow armbands, and many flowers and trees will be planted in loving memory of residents and friends. Several homes have created their own Memorial Gardens as areas for quiet reflection. Poetry readings and coffee afternoons will take place offering people an opportunity to share and reflect on their experiences and losses over the past year. There will also be roses planted as a loving tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Director of Operations Heather Joy said “We would like to thank the Marie Curie Trust for their initiative in setting up the Day of Reflection. A time where we can as a nation grieve and celebrate those we have lost, showing solidarity with the millions who have been affected. We would also like to say a huge thanks to everyone at Hull Minster. Many of our residents attend services their regularly and this special service will mean a lot to them.”
To find out more about the National Day of Reflection visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection. #DayofReflection