A GARDEN of Remembrance is being unveiled by Pershore Town Council chiefs this Easter to remember the lives lost in the pandemic.
Residents may collect a flower from the town hall and write a personal message on a weatherproof tag in memory of a loved one.
In addition, a lasting tribute to 2020 is the Rainbow Garden created in St Andrew’s Garden by volunteers. It’s hoped local children will enjoy the variety of flowers which bloom there again this year.
St Andrew’s became a town focal point for event displays in 2020 after social distancing prevented large gatherings.
The chance to remember came in the week Churches in the Pershore Benefice took part in the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday (March 23) with the church bells of Pershore Abbey, St James’ Birlingham and St Mary’s Wick tolling at 12.01pm following the minute’s silence at midday.
Each tolled 125 times to remember all those who have died during the pandemic and the three million people who have been bereaved, many of whom have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve.
The event was organised by Marie Curie in partnership with other organisations, including the Church of England, to mark the 12 month anniversary of the first National Lockdown of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In addition, a visual display was created on the front of St Andrew’s Parish Centre as a reminder for residents to pause and reflect as they take their daily exercise.
Marie Curie chief executive Matthew Reed said: “We need to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen this year and show support for everyone who has been bereaved in the most challenging of circumstances.
“We cannot simply stand by and not recognise the effects the pandemic has had on the bereaved. We know people are in shock, confused, upset, angry and unable to process what has happened.
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