The Prince of Wales has recorded a message in support of Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection taking place today, to remember all those who have been lost to the pandemic, and those who have been bereaved.
Opening the message, The Prince notes how society has been last year ‘through a trial which has tested our resolve and our resilience in countless ways.’
“We have all been inspired by the resourcefulness we have witnessed, humbled by the dedication shown by so many, and moved, beyond words, by the sacrifices we have seen.
“We are emerging from this time with a renewed confidence in one another and with a strengthened faith in our society – richly diverse in its many communities and cultures, but united in its commitment to the common good and the welfare of others, particularly those most vulnerable.”
The National Day of Reflection marks the anniversary of the first UK lockdown, and the future King highlights how proud he has been of the charity offering support for when loved ones can’t say their goodbyes to those who are suffering.
“As we do so, it is right that we pause to remember those whose lives have been so tragically cut short.”
“As Patron of Marie Curie, I am so very proud that this charity, which does so much to help people at the end of their lives, has taken a lead in helping the entire country cope with losses we had never foreseen, but must never forget.
“Whatever our faith or philosophy may be, let us take a moment together to remember those who have been lost, to give thanks for their lives, and to acknowledge the inexpressible pain of parting,” Charles commented, noticeably wearing a daffodil pin on his lapel.
“In their memory, let us resolve to work for a future inspired by our highest values, that have been displayed so clearly by the people of this country through this most challenging of times.”
Chief Executive of Marie Curie, Matthew Reed said: “I am immensely grateful to our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales for affirming that today is the opportunity for us all to take time to reflect and think about the unprecedented loss we’re facing, to take a moment to support each other through grief, and to look to the future together.
“Communities across the UK have come together to support one another during these most challenging of times, and it is that sense of community that will help many now find healing in the future as well.”
In 2020, The Prince of Wales attended the Marie Curie Hospice in Cardiff and the Vale where Charles met with patients, families, staff and volunteers, and signed the charity’s Great Big Daffodil, as part of its annual fundraising appeal.
Charles has supported those on the frontline during the pandemic by visiting a number of vaccination centres, including Finsbury Park and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The Royal also shared his ‘profound’ appreciation to those who have been working for Royal Mail during the pandemic.
Marie Curie has estimated that over six million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, and many have been unable to say goodbye to loved ones or even had the opportunity to grieve properly.
The day will provide the nation a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died during this time and look towards a brighter future.
At 12.00pm, a minute’s silence will be held to reflect on those who have died during the pandemic, and to take a moment to show support to someone who is grieving. At approximately 8.00pm, buildings and landmarks across the UK, will be lit-up yellow for the millions who are grieving and to shine as a beacon of hope and support.