National Day of Reflection 23rd March

On 23 March 2021, it’ll be one year since the first UK lockdown. Since then, millions of people have been bereaved, both as a result of Covid-19 and due to other causes. The restrictions we’ve all been living under have meant that many people have had to grieve without the comfort of having friends and family around them.

The Marie Curie charity has organised a National Day of Reflection to acknowledge grief and loss over the last year and the Church of England is one of several organisations supporting this.

There will be a minute’s silence at 12 noon on 23 March to create a moment that shows support for the millions of people who’ve been bereaved. Here in Bovingdon we will toll the bell of St Lawrence Church to mark the beginning and end of the silence.  After that the church will be open for anyone who wishes to light a candle, reflect or say a prayer until 2.00pm, and again between 5.00 and 7.00pm

Why not use this day to connect with someone who is grieving? This might be in simple ways such as having a chat with them, sending a card, a message, or giving them some spring flowers. You can also add their name to our prayer meadow in church, between 12 and 2 or 5 and 7 when the church is open, and tie a yellow ribbon to our prayer tree or to the wrought iron gate to the south porch.

23 March poster

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