National Day of Reflection
On 23 March, we come together
to reflect on our collective loss
support those who have been bereaved,
and look to a brighter future.
Take a minute to reflect
and a moment to connect
Join the minute’s silence at 12 noon on 23 March to show your support for the millions of people who’ve been bereaved
take a moment to connect with someone you know who’s grieving. Have a chat, send a card, a message or spring flowers.
Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved.
Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind.
Join us on 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.
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.
Take a moment with St John's
to remember those who have
died and those who grieve.
Come and light a candle at the
cross outside the church, throughout the day. You might like to bring a glass jar to put your candle in and write the names of the people you're remembering.
We'll gather those names and remember that at Mass on Wednesday morning 8.30 am
Join Marie Curie for this moment of reflection, as guests share their thoughts, words and songs.
Together, we'll honour loved ones who have died and reflect on the challenges we have overcome.
During this session we'll pause to observe the national minute of silence at 12 noon. Register for the live online event here..
Grief and bereavement can be lonely
and the last year has made it even harder for people going through it.
Just a small gesture of support can help someone feel less alone.
Send a Text or a Card
just to let them know
that you are thinking of them
You can draw, paint, or create your own art
or simply colour in a poster
or buy some yellow spring flowers,
Show your support by placing
it in your window on 23 March.
Perhaps give them
to someone who
you want to support
At 8pm we'll hold a minute's silence and come together to light up the night.
Stand outside with a light or shine a light in your window a candle, a torch, a phone
to remember someone who's died and
to show your support to people going through a bereavement.
At 12 noon
we'll hold a minute's silence
Contact us here at St John's - or 07766 475743
Contact Marie Curie on their free Support Line on 0800 090 2309*
to talk to one of our trained Support Line Officers about practical and emotional concerns or get ongoing support from a bereavement volunteer.
*Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 5pm. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles. Your calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Support and resources
More bereavement resources and organisations can be found here