National Day of Reflection for all those affected by Covid - Tuesday 23 March 2021
Tomorrow is The National Day of Reflection for all those affected by Covid. It marks a year since the first Covid Lockdown began. But its devastating effect had already begun. People were unable to visit their loved ones in hospitals or care homes and many were unable to be present when their loved one passed away.
For those left behind, just when they needed human contact the most, they were shut away with their grief. No coming together to support one another, just loneliness and isolation. Those who were still grieving from long before the lockdown felt this effect too.
In the funeral profession we were prevented from spending time with our families prior to the day itself and could no longer offer empathy and support in the way of hugs and handshakes. In answer to families’ requests, rather then replying “Yes, of course you can” we could only respond with “No, I’m afraid you can’t” time and time again.
Covid has wreaked havoc indirectly in so many ways too, from those needing check-ups or treatment for other conditions who have been put on the back burner, to those, particularly the elderly, who have experienced a rapid decline in their physical and mental health.
Though we may never return to “normal” I hope it isn’t too long before we can proceed with compassion and common sense to carefully bring people together once more.
Please pause for a minute of silence tomorrow at 12 noon in memory of those we have lost, those who are still fighting and those picking up the pieces.