National Day of Reflection

Friday, March 19, 2021

Charity Marie Curie have planned a National Day of Reflection on 23rd March 2021. They want the nation to come together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved by the COVID-19 pandemic and hope for a brighter future. A minute’s silence and a national shine a light doorstep vigil will form part of the day of reflection which falls on the first anniversary of the UK’s first COVID Lockdown.

So far over 100 organisations, charities, businesses and emergency services, as well as The Church of England, political leaders Keir Starmer, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford and First Minister for Wales, are also supporting the day and Cream Health Care are too.  

The Prime Minister is backing the event however he will be marking the National Day of Reflection privately. Boris Johnson said: “This has been an incredibly difficult year for our country. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones, and who have not been able to pay tribute to them in the way they would have wanted.”

How to get involved

Join the nation for a minute’s silence at Noon

The National Day of Reflection, which the charity hopes will become an annual event, will see a nationwide minute of silence at 12 noon, followed by bells tolling at 12:01. Marie Curie are holding a live event for the midday minute of silence, you can register for the live online event here or observe the minute of silence in a way of your choosing.

Cream Health Care will be observing minute's silence at Midday in the office and any phone calls that come through at that time will not be answered and we shall return them after the moment of reflection.

Shine a light at 8pm

In the evening at 8pm, prominent buildings and landmarks will be illuminated across the UK and there will be a further minute’s silence and Marie Curie are asking us to come together to light up the night. You can stand outside with a light – a candle, a torch, even your phone - to remember someone who's died and show your support to people going through a bereavement. Alternatively you can shine a light in your window for everyone to see.

For more information about the National Day Of Reflection visit Marie Curie’s Website.